Lifeguard & Instructor Certification

Gain the skills to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer

This certification course presents the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. Participants learn up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary.

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Topics include:

  • Safety and rescue skills
  • Accident prevention
  • Scanning
  • Guarding techniques
  • Emergency systems
  • First aid in aquatic environments
  • Spinal injury management
  • Open-water dangers
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Pool management
  • Information on how to get a job as a lifeguard

The course provides certification for:

  • CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer
  • Basic First Aid for the Community
  • Emergency Oxygen Administration

Lifeguard or teach swimming at the Y and save

If you complete this course, and are employed as a lifeguard at the YMCA for at least 90 days, the Y will reimburse you for this course’s fees. If you work at the Y as a swim instructor, you get free training. Explore job opportunities.

Program details

Questions? Contact Kilohana Moa at (808) 261-0808.