Looking for a great summer job or career as a lifeguard or swim instructor? The Y offers lifeguarding certification courses and has open positions throughout the Gateway Region YMCA! Click here to view jobs.


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

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.