New registrations are being accepted for new certification courses and for review courses. COVID-19 risk reductions strategies have been put in place with guidance from American Red Cross. Please contact any branch Welcome Center to register for classes.
Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. You will learn how to quickly respond to emergencies both in the water and on land. You will also be trained on drowning and injury prevention, so you can better help those in need. Lifeguard certification classes require an online course to be completed prior to the classroom sessions.
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Safety Training for Swim Coaches
The Safety Training for Swim Coaches course, developed in partnership with USA Swimming, is intended to teach those involved in competitive swimming how to help maintain a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers, prevent accidents and emergencies and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land. Before attending this facility-based in-water skills session, participants must complete the Safety Training for Swim Coaches Online Content Only course (HSSAQU303) with American Red Cross which includes the web-based delivery of content and an online exam. Participants must be 15 years or older. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Safety Training for Swim Coaches/First Aid which is valid for 2 years. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for current offerings.
Swim Officials Training
The three different Swim Officials Training courses are designed to certify or recertify participants to be Swim Officials for the YMCA Competitive Swimming in the areas of Referee, Starter and Chief Judge, Stroke and Turn Judge, Relay Take-off Judge, Place Judge, and Timer. We also offer a course designed to certify administrative (dry deck) swim officials for the YMCA of the USA's Competitive Swimming Program. Each of these courses focus on the specific duties and responsibilities of the above officials prior to, during and after a swim meet. Successful completion of a written examination is required to pass the courses.
This course will strengthen your lifeguard skills and train you to teach lifeguard certification courses. Courses include Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, Waterfront Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Bloodborne Pathogen Training. Participants will earn an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification valid for 2 years upon successful completion of the course.