Trained To Save

Trained To Save

Taught by certified instructors, our safety courses and lifeguard training provide an opportunity for you to gain the knowledge, skills, and certifications to take action and save lives. Find a program at a location near you.

Red Cross Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 & Up)

Must be able to pass a swim skills pre-test.

Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and illness until EMS personnel take over. Includes Waterfront, First Aid and CPR/AED for Lifeguards certifications. Participants must attend all class hours and pass written and swimming tests. Certification is not guaranteed. Water test: 550 yard swim, tread water for 2 minutes, 15 yard underwater swim, and 9 foot retrieval of 10 pound object the first day of class. No refund or YMCA online credit after registered. Must bring a photo ID to the first class.

About YMCA Swim Instructors

YMCA Swim Instructors work with individuals ages six months-adults to teach swim skill progression and water safety techniques. Instructors provide leadership, instruction and motivation for participants in swimming lessons, creating a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement, youth development and healthy living. Interested individuals must hold a swim instructor certification through the YMCA or another certifying organization and be at least 16 years of age. Not certified? No problem. The YMCA offers training throughout the year for YMCA employees.

Interested in teaching a life-long skill through swim instruction? The YMCA needs YOU! To learn more about available positions and how to join a team where you can truly make a difference, please visit our careers page.