Rockland County YMCA

Jessica Keavney, Aquatic Director


american red cross Lifeguard Training Course 

 This course trains you for work as a lifeguard.  Upon successful completion of the course you are certified by the American Red Cross (ARC) as trained in life guarding skills.  On the first day of the course, you must pass the water skills test shown below in order to continue in the course.  You will be certified in Life guarding/First Aid (2 years) and CPR/AED Professional Rescuer (1 year) if you attend all course sessions, successfully perform all required skills, complete and pass 3 final skill scenarios, and pass the written exam with a grade of at least 80%.  The fee for the course is $450

 2017 Courses

  • FEB 21,23,24 (TUES,THURS,FRIDAY) -1:00-9:00pm - FULL
  • MARCH 5,12,19 (SUNDAYS) -1:00-9:00pm - FULL
  • APRIL 9,23,30 (SUNDAYS)-1:00-9:00pm - FULL
  • MAY 7,14,21 (SUNDAYS)-1:00-9:00pm- FULL
  • JUNE 4,11,18 (SUNDAYS) -1:00-9:00pm-FULL
  • SEPTEMBER 10,17,24 (SUNDAY)1:00-9:00pm
  • OCTOBER 8,15,22 (SUNDAYS)-1:00-9:00pm
  • DECEMBER 3,10,17 (SUNDAYS)-1:00-9:00pm



 Click HERE for a 2017 registration form

Click HERE for online registration

 You must attend all sessions and be 15 years old by the last day of classes.  Space is limited and registration will be on a first come first served basis so register early.

Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  Candidates may swim the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.  Swim goggles may be used.  There is no time limit for this test.
Complete the following within one minute and forty seconds:  Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.  The face may be in or out of the water.  Swim googles are not allowed.  Surface dive, feet 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 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 a ladder or steps.
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.  Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
Age at least 15 years old by the last day of classes.

Prerequisite water testing takes place on the first day of classes.

 The course fee will not be refunded if the participant fails to pass the prerequisite test.  A 50% refund will be given for 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 chest, hands in armpits. 

2017 Schedule 

Lifeguard Re-Cert Class #1 - Sunday, March 26th - 11:00-9:00pm- FULL

Lifeguard Re-Cert Class #2 - Saturday April 15th - 10:00-8:00pm- FULL

Lifeguard Re-Cert Class #3 - Saturday May 20th - 10:00-8:00pm-FULL

There are no other recert classes scheduled for 2017