The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification are imperative to the process of getting hired on as an official Red Cross lifeguard. Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide. The American Red Cross is the most respected source for training and certification of this kind. The White Plains YMCA is proud to offer this course in partnership with the American Red Cross. Discounts are available for guards looking to recertify. A digital copy of the lifeguarding manual can be downloaded here
You must be able to meet the following physical requirements to pass the course;
1) Must be 15 years old or older before the final scheduled session of the course.
2) Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
3) Tread water for 2 min using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under armpits or out of water.
4) Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: staring point with both hands holding object and keeping the face at or near the surface and swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of 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 yard 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 ladder or steps.
The cost to take the Lifeguard course is $450. If you are a current lifeguard looking to recertify, the cost is $300. Students can register by calling our front desk at 914.949.8030 or emailing Senior Program Director Zachary Swierat at firstname.lastname@example.org.