Lifeguard Certification - South Sound YMCA

Lifeguard Certification



Cardiopulmonary resuscitation also known as CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

This class is designed to teach the proper techniques used in CPR to adults, teens, and youth. Participates will receive training in CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and the relief of a chocking adult, child, and infant.


If so, there’s never been a better time to take one of our lifeguarding certification classes offered at the YMCA. Becoming a lifeguard can not only open the door to new job opportunities, but it provides essential safety education that’s focused on preventing accidents in and around the water—and that’s good for everyone. YMCA and American Red Cross courses are designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard.

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.


American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer

This is a 3-day blended learning program with both online and instructor led components. 7 Hours E-Learning required prior to first in-person training session.

Must pass PRE-TEST to continue in course. Pre-test consists of: 300 Yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, goggles may be used. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds: Starting in water, swim 20 yards (no goggles allowed). Surface dive to 9-foot depth and retrieve 10 lb. brick. Return to surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the brick on chest and keeping the face at or near the surface of the water. Exit the water without using the steps. Must attend all in-person training sessions to register.

Participants will be provided the e-learning link and access to a digital copy of the Lifeguarding Manuel upon registration. CPR mask, all digital materials and cost of certification is included in the registration fee.

Lifeguard Certification – Winter Break 2021

Dates: Dec 20 – Dec 22, 2021
Cost: $200 Facility Members/$260 Program Members
Where: South Sound YMCA, Briggs Community Branch
Eligibility: Open to everyone from ages 15+

Must attend all in-person training sessions to register.
Monday, December 20 – 11AM-6PM
Tuesday, December 21 – 11AM-6PM
Wednesday, December 22 – 1PM-4PM (final testing)


Jackie Barratt
Aquatics Coordinator
P: 360.918.0333