Gain the skill and knowledge you need to provide care and act in an emergency.


Lifeguarding Course:

Includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and First Aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision-making skills.

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of the class. Attendance, full participation, and successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required.

CPR & First Aid certification: 

This blended class combines online course learning with a classroom skills practice session and evaluation. For certification and card, a student will first complete the online course and then participate in a practice session with a certified instructor. Blended training offers an easier process; students can train and prepare at times that are convenient for them. The online portion should last approximately 4 hours, while the classroom time will be completed within 4.5 hours. Seven days before the class, the participant will receive an email containing one link for CPR-Pro/AED, O2 & 1st Aid training. After completing each online training portion of the class, a student MUST print out a certificate recognizing completion to provide to the instructor. This is just an acknowledgment that the online class portion was completed, this does not certify them. 

Swim Lesson Instructor Course:

This course provides participants with the basic knowledge and skills to teach YMCA swim lessons to parent-child pairs, preschoolers, youth and adults. It includes both land and pool sessions, lesson planning, teaching methodology, class organization, class components and skills for the YMCA progressive program. The course also covers the Y’s expectations for instructors and outlines their responsibilities for teaching YMCA Aquatics classes that are student-centered, values-oriented and safe and effective in teaching aquatic skills.

Included in the course is the YMCA Instructor Safety Assistant Module. YMCA Instructor Safety Assistant (YISA), which will be taught by YSL trainers and will replace the YASA prerequisite. The YISA course focuses on how an instructor can assist and help a lifeguard in the event of an emergency in the pool area. It will teach lifeguards who are also swimming instructors what role to play in an emergency while they are teaching rather than guarding. YISA is the fifth module within the YSL instructor course and helps reinforce aquatic safety, streamline the training system and decrease the required training hours.

Required licenses for this course include CPR –Pro / AED, Oxygen Administration, First Aid.