Lifeguard Training & Certification

Lifeguard Training & Certification

Swim Hard. Save Lives.

Both the Sherwood Family YMCA and the Clark County Family YMCA offer Lifeguard Training and Certifications.

Pre-requisite skills for Lifeguard Training Courses

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only.
  • In one minute, 40 seconds or less: Swim 20 yards, surface dive 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lbs brick and return to start without brick re-entering water.

Lifeguard Review Course

Successful completion of the course extends current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification for two years. Participants must present a valid Red Cross Lifeguard certification and bring a copy of their Lifeguard Participant Manual.

Lifeguard Training Course

Upon successful completion of the class, participants will become lifeguards by gaining necessary skills needed to recognize, prevent, and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will receive a two-year Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certification through the American Red Cross.

Junior Lifeguard Class 

This course is designed to help build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. The Junior Lifeguard class will focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguard course prerequisite. The class also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED**. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job. **This class will not count as a Lifeguarding or CPR/First Aid Certification.   


Clark County Family YMCA

Register now for upcoming Lifeguard classes at the Clark County Family YMCA.

Sherwood Regional Family YMCA

Register now for upcoming Lifeguard classes at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.

Work at the Y

Once you have completed your lifeguard training, you can apply to work as a lifeguard. We have aquatics positions open throughout the year that you can put your skills to the test. Learn more about working at the Y and the benefits of joining our team.