The Richard Kane YMCA offers American Red Cross (ARC) Blended Learning Lifeguard training for ages 15 and up. 

Lifeguard Course Prerequisites

To participate in the Richard Kane YMCA - ARC lifeguard certification course, you must pass a prerequisite assessment. 


Prerequisite skills assessment includes: 

  • Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest:
    SWIM: Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both swimming techniques.
    TREAD: Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes treading water using only legs.
    SWIM: Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both.
    *Swimming on back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.*
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds: 
    Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Then, surface dive (feet first or head first) to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. After retrieving object return to surface and swim 20 yards on your back to the starting point with both hands holding the object. keeping your face at or near the surface to breath. Lastly, exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 
    *Swim goggles are NOT allowed. You should not swim the distance UNDER water with the 10-pound object.*

Skills Assessment class cost $25.00*.

*The Skills Assessment class fee is applied towards the total cost of the Lifeguarding Course fees.

Lifeguard Courses

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning Course provides entry-level participants with the following knowledge and skills:

  • knowledge to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies
  • skills to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until EMS personnel take over.
  • skills to provide care for injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

The ARC Blended Course includes an online learning portion. This online portion takes approximately 6 hours to complete and must be completed by the first day of in-person training. 

*Completion of the course does not guarantee employment with the YMCA.

Full Course Cost:

  • Y-member: $200.00
  • Non Y-member: $250.00

Recertification Course Cost:

  • Y-member: $100.00
  • Non Y-member: $150.00

*There will be a $25.00 administration fee on all requested refunds. No refunds issued after the final day of registration for the course.