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Lifeguard Certifications

Lifeguard Certifications

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a lifeguard. The program is based on sound decision-making, proper use of rescue equipment, knowledge of water safety, and proficiency in rescue skills.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive the following certifications:  YMCA Lifeguard, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.

Lifeguard Training Prerequisites:

  • Must be 15 years or older on or before the last day of training
  • Must pass a swim test consisting of swimming 300 yards continuously in following order:  100 yards of front crawl with rotary breathing, 100 yards of breaststroke, 100 yards of front crawl or breaststroke.
  • Must be able to swim 20 yards, do a surface dive to a depth of 9 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.

Lifeguard Certification Requirements:

  • 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 skills test


Upcoming Lifeguard Certification Courses:     
Participants must attend every class in entirety. Pre-requisites: 300-yard swim (freestyle and breaststroke), 2 minutes treading water using legs only, 10 pound brick retrieval.
Training takes place over five days, and all must be attended in entirety.

Feb 2-3 and 9-10, or
March 2-3 and 9-10, or
April 6-7 and 13-14, or
April 27-28 and May 4-5, or
May 18-19 and 25-26

Fee:    $175 Members / $250 Community
Fee includes book, mask and supplies. Participants must attend all classes.

For more information, please contact Lesley Webster, Aquatics Director, (309) 797-3945 ext 256.

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