Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA of Greater Erie Lifeguard program is the place to begin! Through classroom activities, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn the skills you need to work as a lifeguard.
Our comprehensive Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Course will also include CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED, Oxygen Administration and First Aid.
Must be at least 16 for YMCA certification
Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
Swim 100 yards of free style
Swim 50 yards of each free style with head up, breaststroke, sidestroke,
breaststroke with head up, elementary backstroke kick with hands on
Perform a feet-first surface-dive in 8-10 feet of water (or maximum
depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.
Starting in the shallow end of the water, sprint for a distance of
approximately 60 feet then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in
8-10 feet (or maximum depth of training facility).
Pick up an object from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for
at lease one minute with legs only, 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 yourself
out of the water.
Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for one minute or
100 compressions, stand and listen to directions for instructor.
To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:
Attend 100% of all class sessions
Arrive on time for all class sessions
Participate 100% in all class sessions
Pass written and skills test
Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
Cost & Registration
Includes price of YMCA Lifeguard Manual (On the Guard 2016 edition),
blended learning for ASHI and cards/e-learning, fanny pack with pocket mask
and gloves, whistle and certification card.
Members-$30 for Prerequisite Swim $165 after Passing Swim
Non-Members-$40 for Prerequisite Swim $185 after Passing Swim
All registrations are non-refundable
Registrations may be taken over the phone or in person branch of your choice. Payment is due at time of registration.
Please Note: This course is physically demanding. All participants should be in excellent
physical condition and have strong swimming skills. The YMCA does not
guarantee participants will pass. No refunds will be issued.