Lifeguard Training

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Red Cross Lifeguard Training 

ages 15 ½+ years

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the Green Bay YMCA Lifeguard program is the place to begin!

The class provides the necessary entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognized and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Participants must be 15½ years old by the last date of class and must attend all class sessions to be eligible for certification. The course fee includes certification in Lifeguard training, First Aid, Professional level CPR, and AED.

At the first class, participants will be required to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allow.  Swim goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. You must also complete the following within 1 minute and 40 seconds: swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound object from the bottom of the pool, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Participants will also be required to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.

Participants need to bring the following things to class: swimsuit, towel, lock and a sack lunch and drink and/or money for the vending machines.

In order to successfully complete this Lifeguard Training course, participants must pass a written test, complete all critical water skills and show maturity and responsibility at all times.

Now Hiring Lifeguards!


Check our Employment Center frequently. The benefits of working for the Y are numerous, you can receive a free membership and up to 3 hours of child care in Kids Korner while working. We have a variety of shifts available.

For a current schedule of Red Cross Lifeguard Training Sessions, please see our Program Guide. If you take your lifeguard training through the Green Bay YMCA and are hired, you'll be reimbursed half the cost of the class after completing 90 days of work!

You may register for Red Cross Lifeguard Training at any YMCA front desk or by phone 920 436 9595, or online with a credit card.

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The Y also offers:

Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification
ages 15 ½+ years

Renew your lifeguard certification. Course fee includes certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR, and AED. At the first class, participants will be required to swim 300 yards, front crawl and breaststroke and retrieve a ten-pound brick from the bottom of the pool, swimming 15 yards with it. Participants will also be required to tread water for 2 minutes. Students must provide a copy of current Lifeguard certification on the first day of class.