Start your Aquatics Career with the Y

The Y offers YMCA of the USA lifeguard and American Red Cross Lifeguard training courses that include CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPR-PRO), First Aid, Administering Emergency Oxygen, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision-making skills. We also offer American Red Cross Water Instructor and CPR, First Aid, and AED training courses. 

All of our classes are taught through a blended learning method of online videos and quizzes as well as classroom and pool time.

Lifeguard Training Courses

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the class. Attendance, full participation, and successful completion of written test and performance of all water skills are required.

Participants must be able to:

  • Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: 
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed. 
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. 
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. 
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

Fill out the interest form below to be kept up-to-date when classes are scheduled.

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YMCA of the USA Lifeguard Training Course

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of the class. Attendances, full participation, and successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required.

Participants must be able to:

  • Tread water for at least 2 minutes
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl
  • Swim 50 yards each of front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, inverted breaststroke kick with hands on stomach
  • Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water and then swim underwater for 15 feet
  • Perform a series of tasks given by the instructor to demonstrate listening and scanning ability as well as stamina and endurance

Fill out the interest form below to be kept up-to-date when classes are scheduled.

Interest Form
 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding course.

Participants must be at least 17 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course and possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Our next course starts November 15.

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American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED Instructor Training Course

This course will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses.

Participants must possess a current basic-level American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED (or higher level) certification or equivalent and be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course. 

Our next course starts December 4.

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Water Safety Instructor Training Course

The purpose of this Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety programs including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations. 

Be at least 16 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course and posses  a current basic-level certification in FA/CPR/AED or equivalent.

Participants must be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills: 
  • Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 
    • Front Crawl – 25 yards
    • Back Crawl – 25 yards 
    • Breaststroke – 25 yards 
    • Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards 
    • Sidestroke – 25 yards 
    • Butterfly – 15 yards 
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling) 
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Classes coming soon! Look for opportunities in December.

Career Opportunities with the Y

If you are seeking career opportunities within the aquatics department, click here to view a full list of open positions or fill out our interest form to find a certification class.

Why Work for the Y: Aquatics

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