Lifeguarding at the Y

The YMCA offers a full YMCA of the USA Lifeguard training course that includes American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and First Aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision making skills.
Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the class. Attendance, full participation, and successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required.
Participants must be able to:
  • Swim 300 yards continuousl, using front crawl, breastoke or a combination of both, swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 - 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards on your back to the starting point, place object on deck and get out of pool within 1 min., 40 sec. When returning to the starting point, one must hold the 10-pound object with both hands and must keep his/her face about the water.
Call the YMCA at 815-235-9622, for details.