Feb 17 2015 014 web

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)*

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13

Members: $425
Non-members: $475

Re-certification in-person session (Online Coursework Required)*
Re-certification classes will run simultaneously with full-certification classes, however, registration must be made by contacting Brian Ference.

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13

Members: $230
Non-members: $275

*After registering for the class at westporty.org, each student will receive an email with a link, one week before the start of class, to the online portion. 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. Please check back for future dates.

Members: $TBD
Non-members: $TBD