Ridgewood YMCA 201.444.5600
Ridgewood YMCA 201.444.5600

Lifeguard Training


Learn the skills and knowledge required to become a lifeguard, including how to recognize, prevent and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies.

lifeguard training classes

Dates Times Register
November 2, 3 & 9 10am-5pm Register

The swim pre-test (which consists of swimming skills and drills demonstrated in the pool) is held on the first day at 10am. 

The classes meet from 10am-5pm for all 3 days.

This training course is an American Red Cross training. Participants must pass a prerequisite swim test in order to take this course.

The course fee is $365. ($400 for Non-member) 

Prerequisite test consists of 200yrs freestyle demonstrating side breathing and 100yrs of breast stroke (can be with goggles). Tread water 2 minutes no arms - head out of water.  Brick test (WITHOUT GOGGLES) consists of: swimming 25yrds freestyle, surface dive to the bottom of 9ft pool and retrieve 10lb brick, swimming back the length of pool without use of arms or pushing off pool with feet.  This will be done while holding the brick on chest with both hands, on your back, demonstrating a breaststroke/frog kick.

Suggest candidates bring a rash guard, for comfort, although not required.

Payment is due in full for the course.  If you do not pass the swim test, then you will have 1 make up test permitted within a 1 year period.


*Lifeguard recertification

Dates Times Register
November 30 10am-7pm Register

Fee of $200


Questions? Contact us at 201.444.5600

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