Certification Courses

certification-courses

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY
Winter Courses
THE YMCA WILL CONDUCT AMERICAN RED CROSS FULL LIFEGUARD COURSES FOR THOSE TAKING THE COURSE FOR THE FIRST TIME OR FOR THOSE WHOSE CERTIFICATION HAS LAPSED.
Our American Red Cross Review Lifeguard courses are for guards whose certifications are still current, but who need to review their skills and learn new updates to the course in order to recertify their lifeguard certificate.
All of our courses are Blended Learning.
Full Course participants will be e-mailed the link for the e-learning portion of the course after they have successfully completed the pre-course swim test which will be administered two weeks prior to the first skill session.
Review Course participants will be e-mailed the link for the e-learning portion of the course after they have registered for the course.

Course Fees:
There is a non-refundable $50 Registration Fee to hold a spot in a course. Review Courses will pay both the $50 Registration & Course fee when registering. Full Courses will pay the $50 Registration Fee when registering, and will pay the Course fee shown below after passing the pre-course swim test.


WILKES-BARRE AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD COURSE REQUIREMENTS
  • Participants must pass a pre-course swim test in order to take a Full Course.
  • Minimum age of 15 on or before the final day of class
  • Participants must attend all days/times for the course.
  • Participants will pay the non-refundable registration fee to enroll in the course.  After passing the pre-course swim test they will pay the balance of the course fee in order to receive course materials.
  • Full Course participants will receive a hip pack, CPR mask set, whistle & lanyard.
  • Review participants should bring their hip pack, CPR mask set, whistle & lanyard to class.  If they do not have one, they can be purchased at the YMCA at an additional fee.
  • ALL COURSES ARE BLENDED LEARNING.  APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE FIRST SKILL SESSION ALL THOSE WHO HAVE REGISTERED WILL BE EMAILED  A LINK FOR PARTICIPANTS TO COMPLETE ALL CLASSROOM PORTIONS OF THE CLASS PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE Y FOR THE FIRST SKILL SESSION.  PLEASE BRING PROOF OF COMPLETION TO PRESENT TO THE INSTRUCTOR.
  • Call - 570-823-2191 or e-mail diana.dempsey@wbymca.org with questions.
PRE-COURSE SWIM TEST
  1. Swim 300 continuous yards (our pool is 25 yards long) performing Freestyle or Breaststroke or a combination of both.  You must do this showing rythmical breathing (face goes into water to exhale, then rotates to the side to inhale.  eyes must be in the water while exhaling).  You may wear goggles for this portion of the swim test.
  2. Tread Water two (2) minutes using legs only (any kick you prefer)  You must remain verticle in the water head must remain out of the water, and hands must remain under your armpits.  You many not use your arms to assist.
  3. You must complete the following within One minute, forty seconds (you may NOT wear goggles for this portion of the test.  If you wear contact lens you should bring a container to remove them)
    • Start in the water at the shallow end of the pool.  When the instructor says "GO":
      • Swim (any style you prefer) to the deep end of the pool.  There will be a 10 lb black rubber diving brick at the bottom of the pool that you will be looking for.  When you get to the brick
      • Surface dive (head first or feet first) to the bottom of the pool to retrieve the brick
      • Once you make contact you must keep both hands on the brick for the remainder of the test using ONLY your legs to kick
      • Push off the bottom with your legs to bring the brick to the surface (keep both hands on the brick)
      • Roll onto your back (keep both hands on the brick)
      • Kick on your back to return to the shallow end of the pool where you started.  (keep both hands on the brick)
      • Place the brick on the pool deck
      • Hoist yourself out of the water without using the ladder or steps.