This is an American Red Cross Full-Certification for Waterfront Lifeguarding which will allow participants to work at indoor and outdoor pools as well as waterfronts.

Participants will learn the skills of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED over the course of 2-in-person days and virtual session (blended learning) and is comprised of several steps:

STEP ONE: THE PRETEST-Register HERE or email allison@wmaymca.org if you cannot make the days listed online

  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping your face at or near the surface so your are able to get a breath.
  • You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.


  • Blended Learning online training – you will be sent a link for an on-line training must be completed prior class and within 90 days of the course.


  • 2-day (minimum) in-person class to review and assess skills and rescues, followed by written exam.


WMA YMCA Members Community Members
$400 $450