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  • Flexible work hours
  • Obtain CPR, first aid & oxygen certifications
  • Team environment
  • Complimentary membership
  • Teach lifesaving skills

Upcoming YMCA Lifeguarding Classes

Wildwood Family YMCA

Course Dates: July 1 - July 5

Questions? Contact Jenn Humphrey, Aquatics Director at 636-458-6636.

Four Rivers Family YMCA

Course Dates: July 29 - August 1

Questions? Contact Anne Schneider, Aquatics Director at 636-239-5704.

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. When registration closes, the links for the online blended learning assignments will be emailed to participants by the trainer. These links are information through American Health & Safety Institute (ASHI) for the Basic Life Saving (CPR & AED), Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen. Please note there is a minimum of 14 hours of online pre-assignments.