Various certification programs are offered at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo. Get certified!
The YMCA's lifeguard certification course includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid certifications. All participants must meet the minimum age* required as of the first day of class and be able to pass the pre coure skills test. Class dates/schedules are arranged by the Aquatics department and are offered at the Maple and Portage sites.
Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
December 27-30, 2023
- Wednesday 12/27 12:30-5p
- Thursday 12/28 12:30-5p
- Friday 12/29 12:30-5p
- Saturday 12/30 9a-3p
Participants must attend all sessions.
Cost: $200 YMCA member/ $250 Non-Member
Registration will open Friday, December 8 @1p
Age 15 or above
All students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses. This includes a 300-yard swim using front crawl and breaststroke, a 2-minute tread using legs only and the ability to retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 7 ft deep, surface and swim 20 yds with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool without using a ladder within 100 seconds.