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The Worthington Area YMCA is proud to offer full American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and First Aid/ CPR/ AED Certification courses to our community and the surrounding areas. We offer Lifeguarding Certification, Lifeguard Review, First Aid/CPR Certification and first Aid/CPR Review classes several times a year. Check below for our current and upcoming Lifeguarding and First Aid/CPR Certifications and Reviews. 

Certifications schedule January - June 2024

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION CLASS

Blended Classes: The American Red Cross offers some classes in a blended version to allow participants to complete a majority of the lecture portion of the class on their own time. If you are signing up for a blended class, you must be registered a minimum of 2 weeks before the class date. Once registration has closed, participants registered for the class will receive an email from the American Red Cross with a link to the modules that must be completed. These modules must be completed before the first in-person session. Failure to complete the modules before the first in-person session may result in failure of the class.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 15 years old

PRE-TEST: Upon arrival of the class, all participants must complete the physical skill described below:

  • Participants must be able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths of the 25-yard pool). During this swim, participants must demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing. Participants are only allowed to breaststroke and frontstroke. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Goggled are permitted.
  • Participants must tread water for 2 minutes using only their legs. Participants should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7 -10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface of the water so they are able to breathe. Exit the water without the use of a ladder or steps.

COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE: In order to pass this course participants must pass the pre-test, attend the full class, complete all skill sessions, pass two in-water skill drills, and pass two written exams with a minimum of 80%.

Class Fee: $200.00 per participant

LIFEGUARD REVIEW (RECERTIFICATION) 

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Review course is available for individuals who have either a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or have an expired American Red Cross Lifeguard certification of no more than 30 days. To pass this course participants must pass the pre-test, attend the full class, complete all skill sessions, pass two in-water skill drills, and pass two written exams with a minimum of 80%.

Class Fee: $85.00 per participant

 

CONTACT

JoElle Kielkopf

Worthington Area YMCA  Aquatics Director

p: (507) 376-6197 ext 224

e: joelle.kielkopf@ymcaworthington.org