This class will give you all the training needed to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Participants Must be 15 by the last day of the class, pass all pre-requisites, perform all the skills with 100% accuracy, and pass the written test with 80% accuracy. Participants must attend all classes. Any absences will result in non-certification. Participants must have their own travel arrangements to the Sullivan Civic Center during deep water sessions listed. Click the button below to see upcoming courses.

Open to everyone from ages 15 to 99

*The Participant must be at least 15 years old on or before the last day of the course. If not, they cannot take the course.

Member: $225.00
Non-Member: $275.00


  • What if we have to miss one (or more) of the sessions?
    • Prior arrangements must be made with the Aquatics Director and the instructor or non-attendance will result in failure to obtain the certification.
  • I was previously Certified, but my most recent cert is expired. Can I take the review course?
    • Ideally, review participants would still have a valid certification or an extension. If not, all requests will need to go through the YMCA Aquatics Director.
  • What are the pre-requisites?
    • There are 3 major skill pre-reqs. Students are expected to complete each of the skills on day 1. The course is NOT designed to teach these basic skills
      • 300 Yard Swim
        • Participants will need to swim 100 consecutive yards freestyle, 100 yards consecutive yards breaststroke, and 100 yards choice
      • Timed Event (Brick Event)
        • Participants will need to swim out 20 yards, submerge to 11-15 feet to retrieve a 10lb brick, and return to the side of the pool. After they grab the brick, they will need to keep both hands on the brick and complete this within 1 minute and 40 seconds
      • Treading Water
        • Participants will need to tread water for 2 minutes using only their legs in water over their head.
  • What should I do to prepare for the course?
    • We recommend that everyone practices the pre-reqs listed above. We also offer private swim lessons to help you prepare.
  • My child (or myself) registers for the class, pays, and does not pass the pre-requisite skills. Can I get a refund?
    • We are unable to provide refunds or credits for anyone who cannot complete the pre-reqs. It is expected that they can complete this prior to taking the course.

This is a 13 hr review course to re-certify or cross over to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard.

Open to everyone from ages 15 to 99

Participants must have a current lifeguard certification or one that has expired within the last 30 days in order to be eligible for the review course. Must be able to pass pre-requisites. Pre-requisites: *Swim a 300 yards continually (freestyle and breaststroke with rhythmic breathing) *Tread water with no hands for 2 mins *Swim 20 yards, surface dive 8-11ft water, retrieve 10lb brick, return swim within the 1 minute 40 second time limit.

Member: $100.00
Non-Member: $150.00