Lifeguard Certification Class

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.

Training Prerequisites:

  • 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
    the chest.
  • 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.

Certification Requirements:

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 prerequisites
  • 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.
  • YMCA Employee-free
  • 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.

Program Contacts

Downtown YMCA
Jeanne Moss
Current Schedule
452-3261

Eastside Family YMCA
Emily Irwin
Current Schedule
899-9622

Glenwood Park YMCA
Kelly Austin
Current Schedule
868-0867

Lifeguard Training

The Lifeguard certification course through the YMCA of the USA is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. The course presents information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments.

Participants will also be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses:
Basic Life Support, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the course to earn certification.

February/March class

Downtown
2/24/19 - 3/31/19
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Must pass the prerequisite swim held on Sunday, February 17 at 2 pm at the Downtown YMCA

Classes will be held at the Downtown YMCA on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm .  Class dates are February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The person will also have to complete on line learning for YMCA lifeguarding, Basic Life Support, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration before the start of the course.

For any questions contact Jeanne Moss at 814 452-3261 ext 274 or email at [email protected]

 


Registration Information  

Open Close MetroBranchNon-Member
Open Registration 2/17/19 3/3/19 Online / Front Desk $ 165.00$ 165.00$ 185.00

Available Sessions

Start Date End Date Availability Minimum Deposit
2/24/19 3/31/19 17 / 20 Available $ 0.00 Register  

Lifeguard Prerequisite Swim

Eastside Family Y
3/9/19 - 3/16/19
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The purpose of the prerequisite swim is to determine that participants have the strength and endurance needed to participate in the Lifeguard Course. The Prerequisite swim must be taken and passed prior to signing up for the Lifeguard Course. The swim consist of 3 phases:
Phase 1: Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs and swim 100 yards of Front Crawl
Phase 2: Review Survival Strokes, Surface dives and an endurance swim of 50 yards of the following Stroke: Front Crawl with head up, Sidestroke, Breaststroke, Breaststroke head up, Elementary Backstroke kick. Then a feetfirst surface dive and swim under water for 15 feet.
Phase 3: Sprint about 60 feet then perform a arm-over-arm surface dive and pick up an object from the bottom, tread water holding object for 1 minute legs only and then return object to bottom of pool. Sprint the rest of the pool length and climb out without using any ladders or other assistance.


Registration Information  

Open Close MetroBranchNon-Member
Open Registration 2/4/19 5/26/19 Online / Front Desk $ 30.00$ 30.00$ 40.00

Available Sessions

Start Date End Date Availability Minimum Deposit
3/9/19 3/9/19 Sa - 9:00 am - $ 0.00 Session is Full
3/16/19 3/16/19 Sa - 11:30 am 20 / 20 Available $ 0.00 Register  
3/16/19 3/16/19 Sa - 4:00 pm 20 / 20 Available $ 0.00 Register  

Lifeguard Training

Eastside Family Y
5/5/19 - 6/23/19
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The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. 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.

You must pass the Prerequisite Swim prior to signing up for a Lifeguard Course.

Course Option 1: Sundays, 9am – 5pm;
May 5, 12, 19, & 26

Course Option 2: Sundays, 9am – 5pm;
June 2, 9, 16, & 23


Registration Information  

Open Close MetroBranchNon-Member
Open Registration 3/9/19 5/26/19 Front Desk $ 165.00$ 165.00$ 185.00

Available Sessions

Start Date End Date Availability Minimum Deposit
5/5/19 5/26/19 Su - 9:00 am 20 / 20 Available $ 0.00 Registration
Closed
6/2/19 6/23/19 Su - 9:00 am 20 / 20 Available $ 0.00 Registration
Closed