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 swim 500 yards. Class dates/schedules are arranged by the aquatic department and are offered at the Maple and Portage branches.

Call Renee at Maple (269) 345-9622 x127 or Missy at Portage (269) 324.9622 x420 for more information.


Over two weekends: October 14 -15 and October 21- 22
8:30a - 6:30p

*Age Requirements

  • Red Cross Certification age 15 (Portage)
  • YMCA Certification age 16 (Maple)

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

    Instructors: Jennifer Nardi and Kyle Lester

    Must attend every class.
    Prerequisites: Swim 500 yards continuous using sidestroke, elementary sidestroke, front crawl and breaststroke. Ability to swim 25 yards then dive down 9 feet and retrieve a 10 lb. brick and swim it back.

    $200 Members
    $250 Non-Members

    Order a book or download one at any time from the Red Cross webstite

    Certification Includes: 2 year Lifeguard Certification, 2 year CPR & AED, 2 year First Aid

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