At the YMCA we take aquatics safety very seriously. We are the number one provider of Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications in central Iowa. This allows us to reach beyond our walls to keep kids safe in and around water.
With our American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses, you can be part of keeping our community safe. Participants will learn lifeguarding skills, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills.
If you are interested in working for the YMCA as a lifeguard, there may be opportunities for your certification fees to be waived. For YMCA employment opportunities, visit dmymca.org/jobs.
Able to swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing—candidates may swim front crawl, breaststroke or a combination.
Able to tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
Starting in water, able to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands on the object, head at or near the surface and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds
To receive a lifeguard certification, a candidate must complete the following for the course:
Attend 100% of all class sessions
Arrive on time for all class sessions
Participate 100% in all class sessions
Bring own swim suit and towel
Pass written tests and in-water skills tests
Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
Candidates unable to perform all the skills necessary to receive certification by the last day of the class will be granted a conditional certification. It is up to the student to schedule a retest with the instructor within 30 days.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309