Rockland County YMCA

For more information contact:  Jessica Keavney, Aquatics Director   or 643-3052

We offer the best and most affordable classes in Rockland County. Upon successful completion of the course, you are certified by the American Red Cross (ARC) as trained in lifeguarding skills. To complete your certification you must successfully perform all required skills, complete and pass 3 final skill scenarios, and pass the written exam with a grade of at least 80%.  

Watch this great video on YMCA Lifeguarding:


#1- October 14,21,28 (1-9pm)

#2- November 4,11,18 (1-9pm)

#3- November 25th,Dec 2,9 91-9 pm)


Must be 15 by the end of class

Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the 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 yards 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 a ladder or steps

Lifeguard courses are blended learning classes. Blending learning classes require online pre-work to be completed before your first day of class. The online portion of this class takes approx 6 hours to complete and you will be sent a link when you register for the class.

  The course fee will not be refunded if the participant fails to pass the prerequisite test. 

A 50% refund will be given to anyone who withdraws from the class no later than one week prior to the start of the course. 
There are no refunds for failure to attend or to meet the requirements of the course.   There are NO makeup classes.  Students must attend all classes.  No exceptions. 



This option is for currently certified lifeguards to review skills including water rescues, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and first aid. The course incorporates a blended learning format with online training sessions, classroom skills, and water rescue activities.
Fee: $250
Lifeguard Recertification Prerequisites: participants must provide proof of valid Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications and pass the pre-course :
In order to take this class you must be able to pass the Prerequisite skills test:
Swim 300 yards continuously, using both front crawl and breaststroke. In the following order: 100 yards of front crawl (a.k.a.freestyle) using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. 100 yards of breaststroke, 100 yards of either front crawl or breaststroke.
Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object (with both hands and must keep your face above water) and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
Tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping, only legs can be used, arms must be placed across the chest, hands in armpits. 

2019 Classes - all classes run 1-9 pm


coming soon!!