Aquatics Certifications

Aquatics Certifications

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Our aquatics training mission is create a wave of impact through quality instruction in swim skill, water safety knowledge and leadership development.

We currently offer American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications & Y Swim Lesson Instructor Certifications. Keep scrolling to see more information on both programs.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses and Renewals:

The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification are imperative to the process of getting hired on as an official Red Cross lifeguard. Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide.

Prerequisites for Lifeguarding: Blended Learning Include –

Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA hosts a Blended Learning course format (19.5 hours in person, 7.5 hours online).

Prerequisite Details:
The following are required 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 and/or breaststroke.

3) Tread water 2 minutes using only legs.

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

5) Blended Learning Style Course: Participants will receive an email voucher for their eLearning from the American Red Cross, 1 business day after registration. Be sure to carefully enter the participant’s email address. Email Aquatics Director if you do not receive this email.

Fees: Members $100 | Community $175

Lifeguarding Review Course –

This course is best suited for those with current lifeguarding certification who simply need to renew.

Fees: Members $50 | Community $75

Upcoming Courses:

In light of COVID-19 safety regulations and policies put int place by our states, and the American Red Cross, all lifeguarding certifications and renewals have been postponed until June 2020.

If you need the 120 day extension course offered for free through the American Red Cross and Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA due to COVID-19, please email Aquatics Director, Cailee, at cconlon@nwsymca.org.


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 Courses:

Due to COVID-19 and the safety of all, our courses have been postponed until further notice. Please check back for new information coming June, 2020.

Participant Fees: Prerequisites $20 | In Person Course $130


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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 efficiency. If you need help or tips, please contact the Aquatics Director, 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.