MAKE A DIFFERENCE Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard and American Red Cross Training Program

Educating in the Classroom and Real Life Experience


Have you always wanted to be a lifeguard but weren’t sure how to get started? Let us help!

The Monroe County YMCA will now pay for you to become a certified lifeguard, when you commit to six months of lifeguard service! We’re searching for committed candidates with strong swimming skills and a desire to help us

create a safe and healthy community.

In this American Red Cross lifeguarding course entry-level lifeguard participants will gain the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.



1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

2. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.

3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under

the armpits.

4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 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 to 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 so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


How does it work?

The YMCA will cover all your respective fees for the Lifeguard and American Red Cross training program during which you will learn the necessary skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. After completing the program you will gain real-life experience during your commitment of six months of lifeguard service with the Monroe County YMCA (minimum of 8 hours per week)*.


*Candidates must undergo and pass all normal employment checks as stated by the Monroe County YMCA. If a candidate does not pass all employment requirements, or does not/is unable to complete the six month service commitment to the YMCA, they will be required to reimburse the YMCA for the fees associated with the Lifeguard and American Red Cross Training Program.

Session dates:





Register online here.


Questions? Contact Aquatics Director, Erin Policinski, (812) 961-2178 or