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 classes, (A link will be emailed 1 week before first class) and a two-day, instructor-led skills classes 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.

Lifeguard Certification in-person classes

(*Re-certification classes run simultaneously with full-cert. classes)
OCT 22-23
NOV 5-6
NOV 25-26
DEC 10-11
DEC 27-28
JAN 7-8
JAN 28-29
FEB 11-12
FEB 25-26


Members: $400 | Community members: $500
Members:$225 | Community members:$300

*After registering for the course, each student will receive an email with a link, one week before the start of the first class, to the online portion. No refunds will be given one week before the start of the first class. Also, consider our incentive program- get a return of certification costs after being employed at our Y as a lifeguard!  For more information or questions, please contact Brian Ference.


The Westport Weston Family YMCA is passionate about making our programming inclusive and available to all. We are pleased to share that the WWFY has received funding to award 15, needs-based, Lifeguard Certification Scholarships leading up to the Summer season. These scholarships allow us to reach underserved young adults (ages 15-23) in Lower Fairfield County and give them access to transformational opportunities and experiences to learn new skills, meet new people, and find purpose in gainful employment.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

The American Red Cross (ARC) lifeguarding course provides entry-level lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies, as well as to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. Not only does this class provide the individual with essential skills, but offers the opportunity to have and hold a job as a lifeguard, providing purpose and the ability to earn an income.

Lifeguard Certification, 2-Day Course Dates

From 9AM – 7PM, located in the Westport Weston Family YMCA Aquatics Center.

June 4 & 5
June 11 & 12

Qualification for this Needs-Based Scholarship

In order to qualify for this needs-based scholarship, download and complete the application and return to Julia Marshella, Development Director, via email or mail to: Westport Weston Family YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport, CT 06880, Attn: Julia Marshella, Development Director. Strong swimming skills are required to participate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all 15 slots have been filled.

YMCA Westport Weston Lifeguards