The Richardson Family YMCA offers seasonal lifeguarding classes. With a lifeguarding certification, you can also quickly become a swimming instructor or coach, as well as a lifeguard.  This will open up many opportunities for you during the summer and into your college career. Our lifeguarding classes are open to the community.

Course Includes:

  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen Administration
  • YMCA Lifeguarding


  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Able to swim 100 yd in 2 min
  • Tread water for 2 min using legs only
  • Surface dive to depth of 10 feet and swim 15 ft underwater
  • Complete a 200 yd swim consisting of Front Crawl, Breaststroke, sidestroke and Elementary Backstroke w/ hands on chest
  • Sprint 60 ft, perform head first surface dive to retrieve object 10 ft deep, tread water for 1 min w/o hands, return object to depth of 10 ft, swim remainder of pool length, exit pool and perform 100 chest compressions on a mannequin.

Additional Pre-Assignments:

  • ASHI E-learning:
    • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
    • First Aid
    • Oxygen Administration
  • Y Lifeguarding E-Learning

100% attendance required and all e-learning must be completed before in-class portion of training.

Lifeguard Training Dates: 

  • Thursday May 10th 5-9 PM
  • Friday May 11th 5-9 PM
  • Saturday May 12th 8-5 PM
  • Sunday May 13th 8-5 PM

Rates: $200/YMCA Members and $225/Non-members