Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid Trainings


Photo20110304YMCA0227Whether you’re new to the community or simply want to pursue a new hobby, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA brings together people who love to learn. Whether you want to become a certified lifeguard or learn CPR and First Aid, the Y offers classes that will give you the opportunity to learn right alongside others from your community who share your interests.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

You’re in good hands when you learn lifeguarding at the Y. We have been an industry leader in aquatic safety for more than 100 years. 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 and injuries.


  • Must be 15 years old or older
  • Must be able to swim a continuous 300-yard swim
  • Must be able to tread water for two minutes
  • Must complete a timed swim to retrieve a 10-pound object from under 10 feet of water

At the end of this course, participants will test for Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Additional training towards Red Cross Waterpark Lifeguard certification is available.

Register Online

To learn more about lifeguarding classes at the Y, please contact the Aquatics Director at your local branch.

C.W. Avery Family YMCA
Danielle Krohn
[email protected]
(815) 267-8600

Galowich Family YMCA
Kenya Raichart
[email protected]
(815) 744-3939

Smith Family YMCA
Rachel Pescitani
[email protected]
(815) 726-3939

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