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White Plains YMCA


Safety and Aquatic Training

Become a lifesaver!

The White Plains YMCA is a proud provider of the American Red Cross Health & Safety and Aquatic Training programs. Our courses are offered year round to both members and non-members and include both full courses and/or re-certification/renewal courses.

Upcoming Courses:

Lifeguard Training (Cost $450)

The American red cross lifeguarding course is to provide entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies, and to provide professional level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) Personnel arrive and take over.


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.