Junior Lifeguard Academy

jrlifeNow accepting applications!

The Y’s Junior Lifeguard Academy allows kids (ages 11-14) to step inside the world of lifeguarding and learn lifesaving skills, experience real-life scenarios, participate in team-building exercises and assist in teaching swim lessons.


  • Submit an application and essay by April 30.
  • Complete a swim test by May 7.
  • Complete an interview by May 18
  • Attend all Academy classes.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 20 hours over the summer as a Junior Lifeguard or swim aid.

Class meets in late May.
To learn more, please contact Aquatics Manager Chad Shingler at (815) 267-8600 or via email at cshingler@jolietymca.org.

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