YMCA Lifeguard Training is a comprehensive course that focuses on water rescue, safety and prepares lifeguards to anticipate and prevent dangers. Upon successful completion, participants are qualified to work at an aquatics facility as a certified lifeguard. Participants must attend all classes and successfully pass exams to receive certification.

YMCA Lifeguard Certification Includes:

  • Lifeguard Training
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration Certification
  • Whistle, hip pack and CPR mask


  • 16 years of age or higher
  • Phase 1- tread water for two minutes (legs only) and swim 100 yards front crawl. 
  • Phase 2- Swim 50 yards of each (Front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke head up and elementary backstroke kick) and perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater for 15 feet. 
  • Phase 3- sprint to an object then perform an arm over arm surface dive for an object , tread water with object for one minute, replace object to the bottom of the pool, sprint remaining length, get out of the pool, conduct 100 compressions on mannequin and then follow directions from instructor.

Already a certified lifeguard? The Y is the perfect place to put those skills into action! We're always looking for qualified lifeguards to join the Y family.