YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION
The YMCA Lifeguard Certification course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool maintenance basics, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. In addition to the YMCA Lifeguard certification, participants will also be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.
The YMCA hires lifeguards year round. We offer competitive pay, a free Community-Wide YMCA membership and the potential for a full refund of the lifeguard course certification fees.
- Candidates must be at least 16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled course.
- 100 percent attendance is MANDATORY (non-negotiable). Each class will consist of classroom and pool activities.
- YMCA Lifeguard Instructor reserves the right to refuse certification due to participant's skill and/or maturity level.
- An orientation for all students will be held the first day of class. Any students under the ages of 18 must have a parent/guardian present at this orientation. The orientation will include both classroom and pool work, so please bring your swim suit and a towel. Goggles are permitted.
The Y lifeguard course has been updated with protocols in place to protect everyone’s health. Students who show any signs of illness within the last 7 days or possible exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days will not be allowed to attend in-person training and must reschedule for a future course.
Candidates must pass the following physical competency test, conducted on the first day.
- Tread water for 2 minutes
- Swim 100 yards front crawl
- 250 yard endurance swim: 50 yards each of front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest
- Perform a feet-first surface dive and then swim underwater for 15 feet
- Sprint approximately 60 feet, perform an arm-over-arm surface dive to retrieve an object, tread water for 1 minute, return object to bottom of pool, hoist yourself out of the pool without using ladder or other assistance, and immediately begin CPR compressions for 1 minute or 100 compressions. Stand and listen to directions from the instructor.
Orientation (be prepared to get in water): November 1, 6 pm-8 pm
Class Dates: November 12-14 and November 19-21
Class Times: Friday: 5 pm-8 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9 am-3:30 pm
Facility Members: $175
Program Members: $225
Note: Cost of class will be reimbursed if participant passes the class and is hired at the Floyd County Family YMCA; minimum number of hours worked for reimbursement TBD.
For more information, please contact Katy Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 502.242.3108.