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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

The YMCA offers a full YMCA of the USA Lifeguard training course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and First Aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision-making skills.

Build A Skill. Save A Life.

Are you are looking for a great summer job? The YMCA of the Capital Area Lifeguard program is the place to start! Through classroom activities, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn the skills you need to work as a lifeguard. 

Our comprehensive YMCA Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Our course also includes CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED, Oxygen Administration and First Aid.

A YMCA Lifeguard Manual, Hip Pack, Whistle, and Resuscitation Mask will be provided. Class size is limited so pre-registration is recommended.

Training Prerequisites 

  • Must be 16 years of age before the first day of class
  • Must be able to pass the following Physical Competency Requirements 
    (conducted on the first day of class)
    • Swim 100 yards of front crawl
    • Tread water for two minutes
    • Swim 50 yards of each stroke
           Front Crawl with head up
           Sidestroke
           Breaststroke
           Breaststroke with head up
           Elementary Backstroke kick with hands on chest
  • Sprint for a distance, then pick up an object from the bottom of the pool. Swim the remaining length, and hoist yourself out of the water. Finally, immediately begin compression on an adult mannequin.  

Certification Requirements 

To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:

• Attend and participate in 100% of all class sessions

• Arrive on time for all class sessions

• Complete all eLearning assignments on time

• Score 80% or better on all written and skills tests

• Demonstrate all skills proficiently and pass all scenario tests

• Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test

* Candidates unable to perform all the skills necessary to receive certification by the last day of the class will be granted a conditional certification. It is up to the student to schedule a retest with the instructor within 30 days

Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be certified in:

  • YMCA Lifeguarding
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen Administration

Program Fee:

Members: $200
Program Participants: $225



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