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WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GREAT SUMMER JOB OR CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARD, THE YMCA LIFEGUARD TRAINING PROGRAM BY AMERICAN RED CROSS IS THE PLACE TO BEGIN!

Lifeguards learn not only valuable skills such as CPR and in-water rescue, but they also develop leadership qualities, communication and team building skills and improved self-confidence.

The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and how to take action to help those in danger when necessary.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING CLASSES – BLENDED LEARNING

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 Instructor.

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

Upcoming Dates:

February 19th-20th | 12:00-9:00PM

April 9th-10th | 12:00-9:00PM

May 21st-22nd | 12:00-9:00PM

Recertification Dates:

January 17th | 9:00AM-5:00PM

March 13th | 12:00-9:00PM

To participate in the course, you must be able to pass the Pre-requisite Skills Evaluation by doing the following: 

1. Swim 300 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 may be used.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.

3. 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 on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
4. Once you complete the Pre-Requisite Skills, we will invite you to sign up for our upcoming courses held at the Ridgewood YMCA.

 

Pre-Requisite Skills Evaluations Dates: 

December 21st | 3:30PM

December 22nd | 3:00PM

December 23rd | 5:00PM

Questions? Contact Michael Oldham at 201.444.5600 x329 or [email protected] for more information.