Aquatics Certifications

Aquatics Certifications

BE A LIFESAVER!

Our aquatics training mission is to save lives and promote the knowledge of safety procedures through quality instruction, hands-on training and the development of skills.

Includes certifications for: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR-PR, AED

*When registering at the front desk, please provide the desired class time

Contact Cailee with questions or to set up a special training.

Lifeguard Courses:

Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA is currently offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses. However, due to the COVID-19 Public Health & American Red Cross Regulations: All courses between March 18th – April 12th 2020 will be rescheduled. Aquatics Director, Cailee, has created “Remind” groups to keep program participants updated and informed. This page will be updated weekly to keep participants up to date on the American Red Cross and public health social distancing ordinances.

 

Prerequisites:
To be completed before the first day of class.

1) Minimum age: 15 years old on or by course date.

2) Swim 300 yards with freestyle & breaststroke.

3) Tread water 2 minutes using only legs.

4) Timed brick retrieval from deep end, to exit point.

5) Blended Learning Style Course:

Be sure to enter the participant’s email during course registration with YMCA so that Red Cross can email an online course voucher. Online course is at your own pace and takes about 7 hours to complete.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.

Fees: Members $100 | Community $175

Upcoming Courses:

SPRING TWO-THREE COVID RESCHEDULE 2020

COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
MAY 1ST 3:00 PM – 9:00PM
MAY 2ND 9:00AM – 6:00PM

SPRING FOUR COVID 2020

PRE-TEST
MONDAY April 20th 6:30PM

COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
APRIL 24th 4:00PM – 9:00PM
APRIL 25th 9:00AM – 6:00PM

SUMMER ONE

PRE-TEST
MONDAY April 20th 6:30PM

COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
MAY 8TH 4:00PM – 9:00PM
MAY 9TH 9:00AM – 6:00PM

SUMMER TWO 2020

PRE-TEST
MONDAY April 20th 6:30PM
COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
MAY 15TH 4:00PM – 9:00PM
MAY 16TH 9:00AM – 6:00PM

SUMMER THREE 2020

PRE-TEST
MAY 18TH 12:00PM
COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
JUNE 5TH 12:00PM – 5:00PM
JUNE 6TH 9:00AM – 6:00PM

SUMMER FOUR 2020

PRE-TEST
MONDAY MAY 18TH 6:30PM
COURSE
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
JUNE 8TH 12:00PM-5:00PM
JUNE 9TH 9:00AM-6:00PM

Lifeguard Recertification Courses:

American Red Cross Lifeguarding review classes are designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. The Red Cross also offers review courses, for those whose certification is still valid (or within 30 days of expiring) while allowing you to continue to work without a lapse in verification.
Fees: Members $50 | Community $75

April 11th | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
REGISTER
May 25th | 5:00 – 9:00 PM
REGISTER

JR. LIFEGUARD ACADEMY!

Students will be given insight into what it takes to become a lifeguard. Skills developed will be swimming stamina and form, responsibility, teamwork, leadership, and introduction to lifeguarding skills.

UPCOMING CLASSES:
More information coming this April.

WHERE: Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA
FEES: Members $25 | Community $35

SWIM LESSON INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

After successful completion of this course, instructors will be able to identify components of the Swim Lessons continuum, demonstrate the behaviors of an effective Swim Lessons Instructor, maintain an inclusive environment of learning while keeping order in a positive and safe environment, employ swim teaching techniques that break down the critical features of a swimmer’s skill progression at any age and stage and demonstrate the swim instructor’s role in the safety process and during an emergency. Certification valid for 2 years.

Candidates must be able to tread water for two minutes and demonstrate Stage 5 proficiency in at least four of the following six strokes by swimming 25 yards of each: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Butterfly, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke.

Candidates must be certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen for at least one week before the first day of class. Look for more directions after registration from cconlon@nwsymca.org.

UPCOMING CLASSES:
March Session Postponed until further notice. We will keep information updated here as it comes in to us.

WHERE: Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA
FEES: $130


lg duo boy girl

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of the Pre-Test date?
As lifeguard instructors, we must ensure that all candidates have the physical stamina and ability to continue the in-person skill training during this course, and are able to rescue people in real life emergency scenarios. Please bring your swimsuit and know how to swim freestyle and breaststroke with rhythmic breathing and efficiency. If you need help or tips, please contact the Aquatics Driector, Cailee, at ctrudo@nwsymca.org.

I have an important event during one of the class dates, am I able to miss a day?
No, candidates must be present at all class dates and times. If a pre-test is missed you must come an hour early on the first day of class to demonstrate your swimming ability. 

How do I access the blended learning online content?
Once registration through the Norm Waitt Sr, YMCA is complete, allow 1-2 days for The American Red Cross to email participants a course voucher. Follow the link and directions in that email.

What happens if I need a refund?
No refunds are allowed once the American Red Cross online blended learning course content is complete.

How long is the certification valid for?
Successful completion of e-learning, skills tests and written tests will result in one (2) a year certification in Lifeguard, CPR-PR, Basic First Aid and AED.

What is the e-learning?
Prior to the in-water training session, all participants must successfully complete the e-learning portion of the class. E-learning is a combination of video, reading and interactive elements used to teach the basic fundamentals of lifeguarding.
You will receive an online “voucher” in 1-2 days via email upon completing registration through the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. This voucher will allow you access to the online course. The e-learning portion can be completed at your own pace – there are no time limits, but must be completed before the first class date of the course. (The first day of class does not include the pre-test date). Finishing online content usually takes on average about 7 hours.

Digital ebooks of the Lifeguard Manual are sent out to course participants via email.

What should I bring to the pre-test and class?
You should be prepared to be physically active, so make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and drink lots of water before class. Bring a swimsuit (one piece is preferred for females & long shorts for males), towel(s), goggles, snacks and a packed meal.

My certification is coming due to expire, what next?
We re-certify lifeguards, too. Contact Cailee to enroll in a re-certification session.