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Lifeguard News Post

Published: 03/20/2023 - 8:00 AM

Get your lifeguard certification, and if you're hired by the YMCA, we'll pay your certification fees!

You heard that right! Participants who take our lifeguard certification class that are hired by the YMCA afterward will be reimbursed for their certification fees! PLUS - we have fantastic lifeguard openings across the association. You can take a certification course at one of our locations below and apply for a lifeguard position near you! 

Lifeguards at the Y can enjoy flexible schedules, a great indoor/outdoor work environment, discounts on Y programs, a FREE Y Membership, and MORE!

Lifeguard Positions at the Y

About the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course:

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge & skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. Participants must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes: Swimming 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, treading water for 2 minutes using only the legs, completing a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds swim 20 yards, dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and return to the starting point with both hands holding the object, exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Participants must attend and participate in all class sessions, and demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.

Certification Course Schedule: 


March 31 - April 2 at Haverford YMCA

March 31 - April 2 at Willow Grove YMCA


April 4 - 6 at Rocky Run YMCA

April 14 - 16 at Phoenixville YMCA

April 14 - 16 at Boyertown YMCA

April 27 - 29 at Rocky Run YMCA


May 12 - 14 at Phoenixville YMCA

May 19 - 21 at Boyertown YMCA

May 26 - 28 at Upper Perk YMCA


June 2 - 4 at Haverford YMCA


How to Register:

1. Login to your online account.

Online Account

2. If you already have an account, you can login here. If you are unsure if you have an account, click below to look it up. Once your account is found, click ACTIVATE to have a password reset link sent to you to create a new password and login.

Find Account

3. Click on the Programs Tab and then select Register for a Program.

4. Select Training and Certification from the lefthand menu.

5. Find your preferred class and follow the registration prompts.


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