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This course is designed to train and prepare individuals for the responsibilities of being a professional lifeguard. The YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION course is a comprehensive program covering a wide range of skills and topics such as: safety and survival techniques, accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management and tips on seeking a job in aquatics.
The Licking County Family YMCA offers lifeguard classes throughout the year.
To complete the course successfully, you will be required to perform the following:
Must pass before proceeding to Phase 2
Must pass before proceeding to Phase 3
Participants will start in the water at the shallow end and perform the following:
The Y believes that preventing an accident and saving a life is worth the hours of training and dedication essential to becoming a competent lifeguard. YMCA-certified lifeguards have a serious responsibility to prevent accidents and handle emergencies properly. It is imperative that lifeguards and aquatic safety assistants are physically trained, mentally alert, and have the maturity to safely guard an aquatic area.
We expect you to demonstrate your maturity at all times during classroom and pool instruction by:
The following prerequisites must be met prior to attending the course:
Completing the course does not guarantee certification or employment.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive YMCA Lifeguard certification. YMCA Lifeguard, Basic First Aid for the Community and Emergency Oxygen Administration is valid for two years. CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, is valid for one year.
By enrolling in this course you are attesting that you can perform all of the above tasks.
In addition, you must complete all eLearning assignments and turn in all eLearning certificates according to the schedule set by your instructor. The total eLearning time is 8-1/2 hours. Total lifeguard class hours (including eLearning) is about 36 hours.