Lifeguard Training & Certification
The Westport Weston 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 certified instructors.
Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification Courses
Our lifeguard certification and re-certification program uses a blended learning curriculum combining online training sessions and a two-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.
Masks are required for all in-person classroom learning and may be removed during in-pool skills training. Class size is at reduced capacity.
Lifeguard Certification in-person sessions (online coursework to be completed the Friday before your session)
a) Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
b) Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27
Re-certification in-person session (Online Coursework Required)
a) Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29
After registering for the class at westporty.org, each student will receive an email with a link to the online portion of the class. No refunds will be given one week before the start of the class. For more information or questions, please contact Brian Ference
American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Module
Lifeguards will learn 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.
Dates to be determined (Spring 2021)