Lifeguard Training

Teaching skills that save lives.Teaching skills that save lives.
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Lifeguard Training


With the current lifeguard shortage across the nation, the Y is committed to maintaining an aquatic safety plan and training lifeguards with the skills to save lives. Our comprehensive course, for ages 16 and up, focuses on water rescue, safety and prepares lifeguards to anticipate and prevent dangers in and around water.

Certification includes 27.5 hours of training in the pool or classroom, plus additional online learning. Each session is unique and every attempt is made to accommodate the participants’ schedules as a group. After registering for a class, the aquatics director will contact registrants to outline specific dates and times for that program.

Upon successful completion, participants are qualified to work shifts as a certified lifeguard at any of the Y’s 27 pools and waterparks — or aquatics facilities outside of the YMCA. Certification comes at no cost to those who ultimately become employed as a lifeguard at the Y. Participants must attend all classes and successfully pass exams to receive certification.

For Lifeguard Training session dates & times, open the document below. Please contact the person listed next to the session you are interested in attending before registering.