Lifeguard Certification and Recertification
This course teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course includes First Aid, AED training, and CPR for the professional rescuer. All participants must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of the course, and the participant must be a strong swimmer able to swim 300 yards continuously, using freestyle and breaststroke. After successful completion of the course, the individual will be a certified lifeguard.


  • Minimum age 15, Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Candidates may swim using the freestyle, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 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 10 pound object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
    • American Red Cross Certification Requirements: attend all class sessions; demonstrate competency in all required skills, demonstrate competency in 3 final skill scenarios, and correctly answer at least 80% of the questions on the final written exams.
  • Location: Harrison Family YMCA

Complete Course Cost:

  • Without book (student download): $205

Recertification Course Cost:

  • Y Member: $100
  • Non-Member: $110
    • Pocket Mask: $15 or provide your own.‚Äč

Other Info:

  • Lifeguarding participant manual can be downloaded here
  • You can print it or bring your laptop, tablet, etc.
  • Pocket mask included in price
  • All session dates must be attended to receive certification.
  • Please bring lunch or a snack.

Lifeguard Training Course Schedule


Complete Lifeguard Certification Course

  • Monday, October 30th - Thursday, November 2nd 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Monday, November 6th - Thursday, November 9th 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Instructor: Kaila Billups


Lifeguard Recertification Course

  • Saturday, December 16th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Beverly Biancur


Complete Lifeguard Certification Course

  • Friday, January 19th 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, January 20th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday, January 21st 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, January 27th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday, January 28th 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Yvonne Wilkins


Lifeguard Recertification Course

  • Saturday, February 10th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Beverly Biancur


Complete Lifeguard Certification Course

  • Monday, March 12th - Thursday, March 15th 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Monday, March 19th - Thursday, March 22nd 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Instructor: Carolyn Hartney-Correa


Lifeguard Recertification Course

  • Saturday, April 14th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Kaila Billups


Complete Lifeguard Certification Course

  • Monday, May 14th - Thursday, May 17th 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Monday, May 21st - Thursday, May 24th 4:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Instructor: Beverly Biancur


Complete Lifeguard Certification Course

  • Monday, June 11th - Thursday, June 14th 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Instructor: Carolyn Hartney-Correa


Lifeguard Recertification Course

  • Saturday, July 14th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Carolyn Hartney-Correa


Lifeguard Recertification Course

  • Friday, August 10th 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Yvonne Wilkins

For more information, contact Kaila Billups, Aquatics Director, at 252-972-9622 x.235 or kbillups@rmymca.org