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Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Certification

The YMCA lifeguarding course includes certification in Basic Life Support, Basic First Aid, AED, and Emergency Oxygen Administration, all of which are mandatory certifications to maintain a valid lifeguarding certification. You must be 16 years old and pass the YMCA lifeguarding swim test by the last day of class to become certified.

Y LIFEGUARD PREREQUISITES (Conducted in class on the first day)


  • Tread water for two minutes. Swim 100 yards of front crawl.


  • Swim 50 yards of each: Front crawl with the head up. Sidestroke. Breaststroke. Breaststroke with the head up. Elementary backstroke kick with hands on 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.


  • 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 one minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
  • Swim the remaining length to the end of the pool, and hoist themselves out of the water.
  • Immediately begin compressions on an adult manikin for one minute or 100 compressions, stand and listen to directions from the instructor.


Lifeguard Training Table part 1

Lifeguard Training Table part 2


Members and Non-Members: $175

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Will McCormick, Senior Aquatics Director
704.795.9622 x218 or