American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

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Lifeguard Prep

Session: November 27 – December 14
Days: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm

This is a trial program being offered for FREE.

Feel PREPARED, READY, and CONFIDENT for the Lifeguard class!

The YMCA at ACRC is launching a Lifeguard Prep Course! This is a readiness and training program that aims to take interested candidates, age 14 years and older, through the process of becoming a lifeguard.

How does this program work?

Lifeguard candidates will learn and refine swimming strokes, develop basic water rescue skills, and prepare for the lifeguard pre-requisites.

Lifeguard Training – Full Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The blended learning format allows students to work independently on theory through a series of informational videos and tutorials. They then present what skills they learned in a hands-on class.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites – The following prerequisites need to be completed in front of a Lifeguard Trainer, in person, at the YMCA, prior to starting online learning material.

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Entire Course Length

  • Approximately 7 hours, 25 minutes for online learning
  • Approximately 19 hours for in-class skills
  • Course times may vary to include breaks

Why become a Lifeguard?

Be a Hero: Lifeguarding is a fun job, but it’s also a highly important job! You become a part of a larger cause when other people’s safety relies on you. You’re essentially getting paid to be a hero! While in the profession of lifeguarding, you’ll learn useful lifelong skills. Lifeguards are trained in first aid, CPR, and AED. You will forever take this knowledge with you everywhere you go. Therefore, you’ll always know how to react when there’s an emergency.

Make Lifelong Friends: Making new friends comes with any lifeguarding job. Fellow lifeguards have similar interests as you, so making meaningful connections happens naturally. You’ll build new friendships that will last a lifetime.

Build Your Resume: Lifeguarding is a great resume builder! For people just starting their professional journey, sometimes it may be difficult to find jobs with little to no experience. As long as you go through training successfully, prior experience is not usually necessary to get a lifeguarding job. When employers see that you have experience lifeguarding, they know that you’re calm in stressful situations, a quick thinker, a good communicator, and a problem solver. Lifeguarding is a great first job, a great resume builder, and it helps you develop work ethic.

Stay in Shape: Being a lifeguard helps you pursue a healthier lifestyle. Lifeguarding will greatly increase your physical activity, even if you already exercise. Did you know that  2 ½ hours a week of water-based exercise, like swimming, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses? Lifeguarding is a great way to improve your overall health and promote a life of wellness.

Get Paid to Work Poolside: Lifeguarding is a rewarding job with numerous benefits. It offers long-term benefits like making lifelong friends, building your resume, and helping you live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re thinking about taking on a job, become a lifeguard!

Training Sessions:
December 15 – 17

Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Membership TypeCost*
YMCA at ACRC$175 NOW $125
Community Member$200 NOW $150

Lifeguard Review –

The purpose of this course is to review the skills of a lifeguard and check the knowledge of the participants. Upon successful completion of this class, paricipant’s lifeguarding certifications will be renewed for two more years.


  • Must have an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate that expires no earlier than 30 days before the class date.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
  • Surface feet-first or head-first, depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim back with object. Climb out without using ladder or stairs

Training Session
Saturday, December 9, 2023
9:00am – 6:00pm

Membership TypeCost*
Community Member$100

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Questions regarding our Lifeguard Training? Reach out to our Training Lead, Isaac Himebaugh. You can reach him by calling the Y at 507.433.1804 ext. 124 or via email at

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