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Lifeguard Training & Certification

Our Family YMCA is not only our community’s leading provider of swim lessons and water-safety instruction, we also host Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification courses several times a year. The training is conducted by Red Cross instructors.

Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification Courses

The Westport Weston Family YMCA hosts training’s for new lifeguards and to re-certify current lifeguards with a combination of online training sessions and a one-day, instructor-led skills session in the YMCA’s Strittmatter Family Aquatics Center. The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguards ages 15 and older with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. To maintain their certification, current lifeguards are required to take periodic refresher courses. Registration is open at westporty.org ; online course work must be completed before the class date. Live training will take place on the following dates for the upcoming re-certification and certification classes, at the Family YMCA. Certification and Re-Certification classes offered on:   Lifeguard Certification fee for YMCA members is $425; $500 non-member. Re-Certification fee for YMCA members is $230; $260 non-member and will be only the second day of all our class offerings. No refunds will be given one week before the start of the class. Fall Class offerings listed below:

Full Certification Course  Offerings (Online Coursework Required)

August 18 & 19

September 15 & 16

September 27 & 28

October 13 & 14

October 27 &28

November 17 & 18

December 8 & 9

December 27 & 28


Re-certification Offerings (Online Coursework Required)

September 16

September 30

October 14th

October 28th

November 18th

December 28th

After registering for the class at westporty.org, each student will receive an email with a link to the online portion of the class. For more information or questions, please contact the Aquatic Director Jeffrey Bonaccorso at jbonaccorso@westporty.org

 NEW! American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Module

Teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. Class will be $150 for members/$200 non-members. Please call for more information on these classes.

Course  Offerings (Online Coursework Required)

August 20th 6:00pm-9:30pm

September 29 & 30 6:00pm-9:30pm

October 29 & 30 6:00pm-9:30pm

November 12 & 13 6:00pm-9:30pm

December 28 6:00pm-9:30pm