This course is designed to train and prepare individuals for the responsibilities of being a professional lifeguard. The YMCA and RED CROSS 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 Buckeye Valley Family YMCA offers lifeguard classes throughout the year.


To complete the course successfully, you will be required to perform the following:

  • Demonstrate competency in each critical skill taught in the course; competency is defined as being able to perform each critical skill correctly and without guidance
  • Successfully complete CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer (including AED), First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration certifications
  • Successfully complete water tests and all scenarios
  • Pass all written exams with at least an 80% score. The YMCA Lifeguard exam requires an 80% score or better on each section of the exam to pass.
  • Pass each phase of the Physical Competency Requirements:



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:

  • Participating in ALL class, pool, and practice sessions
  • Arriving promptly and prepared with a picture ID or other proof of age
  • Presenting a positive attitude and courteous class conduct
  • Making an appointment with the instructor when you have difficulty understanding the material presented or if you have specific testing needs

The following prerequisites must be met prior to attending the course:

  • Minimum age: 16 years old by the last day of the scheduled course
  • Under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate in 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.

Individuals who do not obtain their YMCA Lifeguard Certification will NOT receive a refund.