The YMCA offers American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard training for ages 15 and up. Certifications and training classes are offered in two formats:

  • Traditional classroom
  • Blended—lessons are completed online and skills are practiced in class

ARC Lifeguard Training

Full course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length

  • Approximately 25 hours and 25 minutes
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $200

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Full course, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 19 hours for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $200

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Review course

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.

The responsibility for preparing for the final written exam is shared by the instructor and the participant. Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites
Individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate may participate in the review course.

Length

  • Approximately 12 hours
  • Course times may vary to include breaks.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $100

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Review course, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites
Individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate may participate in the review course.

Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 11 hours for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $100

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ARC Waterfront Lifeguarding Training

Full course

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This course also includes the American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Module where students will learn the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds in addition to standard lifeguarding skills.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Waterfront Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length

  • Approximately 30 hours
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Lifeguarding Skills, and Waterfront Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $250

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Full course, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class. This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

This course also includes the American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Module where students will learn the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds in addition to standard lifeguarding skills.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Waterfront Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 22 hours, 30 minutes for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Lifeguarding Skills, and Waterfront Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $250

FIND A CLASS

 

Review course, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Waterfront Lifeguarding valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites
Individuals with a current Waterfront Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate may participate in the review course.

Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 10 for in class skills
  • Please note: Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Lifeguarding Skills, and Waterfront Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Price: $125

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Waterfront Lifeguarding Module

The purpose of the Waterfront skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate indicating Waterfront Skills valid for 2 years. (The Waterfront Skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.)

Prerequisites

  • Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the course.
  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length

  • Approximately 5 hours, 40 minutes
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions of the written exam.

Price: $50

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ARC Lifeguard Instructor and Safety Training

Lifeguard Instructor Course, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules.

Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and Basic Water Rescue.

Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

Prerequisites

  • Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Must be at least 17 years of age by the end of the course

Length

  • Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 18 hours in-class learning
  • Please note: Course times may vary to include breaks

Price: $250

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Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of the Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim courses, and water safety courses and presentations.

Upon successful course completion, Water Safety Instructor candidates will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the last day of the course.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in six strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly – 25 yards per stroke.
  • Tread water for 1 minute.

Length

  • Approximately 30 hours
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements

  • Attend all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam.

Price: $250

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Water Safety Instructor, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

The purpose of the Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim courses, and water safety courses and presentations. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class.

Upon successful course completion, Water Safety Instructor candidates will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the last day of the course.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in six strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly – 25 yards per stroke.
  • Tread water for 1 minute.

Length

  • Approximately 6 hours, 45 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 19 hours for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam.

Price: $250

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Safety Training for Swim Team Coaches, online + classroom

This course requires participants to complete online learning prior to in-class skills sessions. Please make sure to provide a valid email address when completing registration.

This course helps to fulfill the Coaches Safety Education requirement for USA Swimming and Y USA—the certification is valid for two years.

The Safety Training for Swim Coaches course offers up-to-date content on safe sport policies, emergency planning and first aid, including:

  • Maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers
  • Preventing accidents and emergencies
  • Responding to ill or injured swimmers in water or on land

Safety Training for Swim Coaches course is not intended to train an individual to become a lifeguard.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the course
  • Must be comfortable in chest-deep water

Length

  • Approximately 3 hours for online learning
  • Approximately 3 hours for in-class water skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Price: $35

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