How to Become a Lifeguard
You must take the Y's lifeguard certification course before working as a lifeguard. This course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in Basic Life Support (formerly CPR PRO), Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.
All lifeguard certification classes will also cover safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in the aquatic environment, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. Lifeguard certification requirements include attending all classes and completing e-learnings before you attend the in-class portion.
Upon completion of a YMCA Lifeguard class, the student will be issued a YMCA of the USA Lifeguard Certification. This certification is nationally recognized, but may not be accepted by the outside employer where you choose to work. This is NOT an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.
Upcoming YMCA Lifeguard Certification Courses
Classes are offered at various YMCA branches throughout St. Louis and Southwest Illinois. Registration for each class closes 7 days prior to the start date. Participation is required for each date under each session. The course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in Basic Life Support (formerly CPR PRO), Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.
YMCA Lifeguard V6 (28 hours)
YMCA Lifeguard Recertification V6 (7 hours)
YMCA Lifeguard Crossover V6 (15 hours) - For for those who hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification and would like to crossover to become a YMCA Lifeguard.
Looking for an upcoming lifeguard certification class? Find an option at a Y near you below!