Ridgewood YMCA 201.444.5600
Ridgewood YMCA 201.444.5600

Lifeguard & CPR Training

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA Lifeguard Training program is the place to begin!

lifeguard training classes

The purpose of the American Red Cross Life-guarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This class is taught by a certified Lifeguard Instructor.

Dates Times Register
March 14, 15, 21 & 22 10:00am-5:00pm Register
April 6, 7, 8 & 9 9:00am-5:00pm Register

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

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

Course fee of $365 ($400 for Program Participants).

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

This class is for individuals who possess a current lifeguard certification.

Dates Times Register
April 25 8:00am-6:00pm Register

Course fee of $200 ($225 for Program Participants).


CPR/AED for the Professional rescuer

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is to teach those with a duty to act (professional rescuers and health care providers) the knowledge and skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies until more advanced medical personnel take over. This includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to care for a victim experiencing cardiac arrest.

Dates Times Register
March 28 9:00am-3:00pm Register

Course fee of $150 ($175 for Program Participants).


Questions? Contact Michael Oldham at 201.444.5600 x329 or moldham@ridgewoodymca.org for more information.

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