To prepare for pool season, the YMCA of Long Island offers lifeguard certification programs at various levels for swimmers 11-years-old and up to earn their lifeguard certification. The classes are offered at all branches including YMCA at Glen Cove, Huntington YMCA, Great South Bay YMCA, Patchogue Family YMCA, Brookhaven Roe YMCA and YMCA East Hampton RECenter.
“At a time when pools and beaches are looking for lifeguards, the YMCA is providing training and certification for qualified swimmers all over Long Island,” stated Anne Brigis, President and CEO of the YMCA of Long Island. “The YMCA’s instructors will help anyone reach their goal of earning a lifeguard certification, even swimmers with little experience.”
The Junior Lifeguard class for swimmers 11 to 14 years old lasts 45 minutes, and while participants do not receive a lifeguard certification at the end of the course, the course provides a foundation of lifeguarding skills. Participants must be able to swim at least 100 yards, dive to a depth of 10 feet and tread water for one minute. For youth with swim skills, this program makes an ideal transition between swim lessons and lifeguard training. The course includes both classroom and pool time.
The Lifeguard Prep Course, for swimmers 14-years-old and up, lasts 60 minutes and participants will not receive lifeguard certification at the end of the course, but the class will prepare participants to pass the pre-test for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Participants must be able to swim a continuous 200 yards, dive to a depth of 10 feet and tread water for at least one minute. The course focuses on stroke development and strength building exercises.
In order to receive American Red Cross Waterfront/Lifeguard Certification, participants must be at least 15 and take a pre-test where they will swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously to demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both strokes.
The official certification course is intended to teach lifeguard candidates the skill and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquatic emergencies and to prevent drowning or injuries. Participants will receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED certifications upon successful completion of this course.
The YMCA is a leader in providing programs that strengthen the mind, body and spirit connection. Long Islanders of all ages and fitness levels learn to live their healthiest lives inside the YMCA’s state-of-the-art facilities in Brookhaven, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Bay Shore, Huntington and Patchogue. The YMCA of Long Island is a cause-driven nonprofit organization that works to strengthen communities through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information and locations, visit www.ymcali.org or call 855-296-2254.