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Build a Lifetime Skill. Become a Lifeguard. 


Looking for a great summer job or being a professional lifeguard at the Van Wert YMCA? Our comprehensive American Red Cross lifeguard training course includes: accident prevention, lifeguard techniques, emergency action plan, rescue skills, CPR for the professional rescuer, AED and First Aid with a year two certification. 


Lifeguard Training typically begins in the Spring.



Training Prerequisites:

  • Must be 15 years of age at the end of our class date. 
  • Swim 300 meters using front crawl and breaststroke.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only. 
  • Be able to swim about 60 feet, do a surface dive head first OR feet first dive in 8 to 10 feet of water and pick an object up from the bottom of the pool.

This lifeguard class will be offered as an online blended learning with in-person skills and test verification!


2024 Lifeguard cert course