Lifeguard Certification

YMCA Lifeguard Certification

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great summer or year-round job that’s in high demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training that the YMCA offers is the best place to start. Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

We are excited to offer you American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course which includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO), first aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision-making skills.

Must attend all classes in one session to receive certification.

Spring Break Lifeguard Training

2023 Upcoming Dates at the Flowood YMCA:

September 28 - 30

October 26 - 28

November 9 -11


Cost is $225 for members and $300 for community members along with the requirements listed below. 


Each session will meet on Thursday and Friday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm and then on Saturdays from 8:00am - 4:00pm.



  • Must be 15 years or older by the last day of Lifeguard Certification class
  • Able to tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
  • Swim continuously the 300-yd using front crawl and /or breaststroke
  • From a deck start, swim to and pick up a 10-pound brick off the bottom of the pool and return with two hands on the brick and exit water within 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Complete all eLearning modules and final exam prior to the 1st face to face class meeting and must show evidence prior to first class meeting

To receive a lifeguard certification a candidate must:

  • Attend 100% of all classes in one sessions
  • Arrive on time for all classes
  • Participate 100% in all classes
  • Pass written and skills test
  • Demonstrate maturity, respect, and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
  • Candidates unable to perform all the skills necessary to receive certification by the last day of the class will be granted 48 hours to schedule a retest with the instructor

Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn:

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for any emergency
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries

Lifeguard Certification Registration Form

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