Lifeguard Certification


This course is designed to give participants the life-saving skills and knowledge needed to be lifeguards in pools and aquatic centers. Through this certification course, you will learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED, as well as other vital skills needed to become a professional lifeguard. Our blended learning format allows participants to do course work online along with hands-on learning both virtually & at the YMCA.

All lifeguards trained by the Y are certified through the American Red Cross, a nationwide leader in water safety and lifeguard instruction.

Many participants who complete lifeguard training are eligible to become employed at the Y as lifeguards. Check with your local branch for more information about specific class requirements and other details.


  • Must be 15 years of age or older

  • Must be able to swim 300 yards non-stop

  • Must be able to tread water for two minutes without hands

  • Must be able to dive to the bottom of the pool, ranging from 7-10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound diving brick


  • Register online, in-person or by emailing our Assistant Aquatics Director, Tera Wilkins

  • The class is conducted at both the John P. Thayer & D.A. Turner branches

  • Class size is limited & registration is required

Students must attend all scheduled classes and pass both written and water skills tests, no exceptions. Online course and test prep are included in the registration costs.


$175.00 - Non-Members

$150.00 - Members

$125.00 - Re-Certification


  • Thursday, June 11th - Sunday, June 14th

    • Registration Deadline: Friday, June 5th

    • Register Online HERE


Please contact Tera Wilkins, Assistant Aquatics Director


Phone: 706-322-8269, ext: 118.


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