Lifeguard Training

Build a skill. Save a life.

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA at Austin Community Recreation Center program is the place to begin! You’ll learn the skills you need to work as a lifeguard. Our comprehensive Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Course will also include CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED, Emergency Oxygen Administration and First Aid. Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be certified in:

YMCA Lifeguarding (valid for two years)

American Safety and Health Institute CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for one year)

American Safety and Health Institute Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration (valid for two years)

Training Prerequisites:

Participants must pass a pretest prior to Training. To sign up for the pretest, stop in or call Tracey, our Aquatics Director at 507.433.1804. You can also reach her via email.

Pre-test dates: March 19 5:00 – 7:30pm or March 20 5:00 – 7:30pm

You must pass 3 phases of swimming skills on the first day:

Phase 1 – Tread water for 2 minutes, legs only, swim 100 yards front crawl with face in the water.

Phase 2 – Swim 50 yards of each: front crawl head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, elementary back kick with hands on chest, perform a feet first surface dive to 8-9 ft of water and swim for 15 yards.

Phase 3 – Start in shallow end, sprint for 60 ft, arm over arm surface dive of 8-10 ft. Pick up object from bottom of pool, tread with legs for 1 minute, replace object on bottom. Swim remaining length of pool and hoist self out of pool. And begin 1 minute or 100 compression’s and additional instruction from instructor.

Certification Requirements:

To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:

Attend 100% of all class sessions

Arrive on time for all class sessions

Participate 100% in all class sessions

Pass written and skills test

Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test

Certification confirmation documents will be sent to participant 4-6 wks post-course completion.


$175 – YMCA Member
$200 – Community Member

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