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Lifeguard Training

The YMCA offers a full YMCA of the USA lifeguard training course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and First Aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention and decision-making skills.

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of the class. Online prework, attendance, full participation, successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required. 

If you're interested in working as a lifeguard for the YMCA, training may be available at no cost to you. Contact our branch aquatics directors for additional information.


  • Tread water for at least 2 minutes
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl
  • Swim 50 yards each of front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, inverted breaststroke kick with hands on stomach
  • Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water and then swim underwater for 15 feet
  • Perform a series of tasks given by the instructor to demonstrate listening and scanning ability as well as stamina and endurance


Upcoming sessions TBA

A.E. Finley YMCA

  • Sundays, October 4 - 25, 1 - 7 p.m.

*Trainings are blended classes that include 5+ hours of online coursework prior to the classroom time at the branch.
*For additional information, contact Linda Singh.

Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA

  • Sat./Sun., Oct. 3/4, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification (ages 17+)
  • Sat./Sun., Oct. 10/11 & 17/18, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (ages 16+)

Contact: Seattle Kiser

Aquatics Directors

A.E. Finley YMCA, Linda Singh
Alexander Family YMCA, Gretchen Golz
Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA, Seattle Kiser
Downtown Durham and Hope Valley Farms YMCAs, Stanley Bass
Ingram Family YMCA, Jack Schenk
Kerr Family YMCA, Ginny Thorsen
Kraft Family YMCA, Jack Schenk
Northwest Cary YMCA, Jessica Meder
Poole Family YMCA, Nick Tipling
Taylor Family YMCA, Eric Bjorkquist