LIFEGUARD TRAINING

WHY BECOME A LIFEGUARD?

Lifeguarding is not only a fun job, but it's a great way to develop leadership, decision making and communication skills.  Certified Lifeguards are leaders in our pools and waterfronts and lifeguards help prevent injuries and are first responders.

CERTIFICATION INCLUDES:

  • YMCA Lifeguard Certificate
  • Professional CPR/AED/O2 and First Aid
  • NOTE: Classes are a blended approach of eLearning and in-person and REQUIRE 100% participation
AGES: 16 and older (must be 16 prior to the last day of class)
COST: $100
 

THREE TRAINING LOCATIONS:

 
CENTRAL YMCA, 933 Mentor Avenue, Painesville
April 26th through May 19th
Class Days/Times:
  • Monday:  April 26 and May 3, 10 and 17  / 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday:  April 28 and May 5, 12, and 19  / 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday:  May 1, 8 and 15  /  10:00am - 2:00pm
  • REGISTER TODAY...Space is limited
WEST END YMCA, 36909 Ridge Road, Willoughby
April 16th through May 2nd
  • Class is FULL
EAST END YMCA, 730 N. Lake Street, Madison
March 28th through April 18th
  • Class is FULL
 
If you have any questions, please call us at Central YMCA: 440-352-3303 or West End YMCA: 440-946-1160
 

LIFEGUARD CLASS COMPONENTS/PREREQUISITES LISTED BELOW:

THE COURSE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS:
  • Basic Life Support (CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Y Lifeguard Classroom Sessions
  • Pool/Water Skills Time
  • eLearning Time
BREAKDOWN OF COURSE HOURS
  • Classroom Learning 15 Hours
  • Water /Pool Skills 13 Hours
  • e-Learning 9 Hours
  • Total Time 37 Hours
YMCA LIFEGUARD CLASS PREREQUISITES
  • The following prerequisites are required to register for the YMCA Lifeguard Course
  • Must be at least 16 years of age (proof required) by the last day of the class

Successfully complete the following Physical Competency Requirements prior to or on the first day of the course:

Part I

  • Tread water for 2 minutes (legs only)
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl

Part II

  • Swim 50 yards of each:
    ○ Front crawl with the head up
    ○ Sidestroke
    ○ Breaststroke
    ○ Breaststroke with the head up
    ○ Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest
    Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility), then swim underwater for 15 feet
Part III
  • Participants start in the water at the shallow end.
  • Sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).
  • Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of the pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
  • Swim the remaining length to end of the pool, and hoist yourself out of the water without using the ladder.
  • Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions; stand and listen to directions from the instructor.
** Class schedule and times are subject to change.