Lifeguarding Classes


20110304-lifegaurdYou’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.


  • 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.

To schedule a pre-test, contact your local branch.

Please note: Course curriculum includes both in-person and online training. At the end of the course, participants will test for Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.

Register Online

Not a YMCA Facility Member yet? Create a new account and select Community Member to participate in our fee-based programs, special events, or YMCA activities at a branch or offsite location. You will be prompted to create a complimentary account to complete the registration process.

Aquatic Leadership Program (Formerly Junior Lifeguard Academy)

The Y’s Aquatics Leadership Program allows tweens and teens (ages 10-14) to step inside the world of lifeguarding and learn lifesaving skills (including first aid and CPR), experience real-life scenarios, participate in team-building exercises and assist in teaching swim lessons.


Intro Class

First-time participants should register for the “Intro” program. To enroll in this class, participants must take a swim test and complete a one-page essay prior to the first day of class. For more information and to set up the swim test, please contact Aquatics Manager Dan Chambers. Intro participants will receive a Junior Lifeguard T-shirt and whistle after completing training halfway through the session.

Varsity Class

Returning participants (ages 12-14) should register for the “Varsity” program. At this level, participants will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours over the summer as a junior lifeguard and/or swim aide. Varsity participants will receive a Junior Lifeguard T-shirt and whistle that should be worn to all volunteer shifts.

Please Note: All participants must attend every Thursday evening class. Students should wear their swimsuit to every class and bring two towels, a water bottle, snacks, a notebook and a pen.

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