The Hunterdon County YMCA offers the Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification which includes certifications in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer with Oxygen and AED and Lifeguarding.  Lifeguard Recertification classes are also offered for those currently certified who wish to be re-certified without taking the class over again. Students must be 15 years old by the end of the last day of class to take this course.

Red Cross Lifeguard Course

Must be 15 years old by end of course and take a swim test the first day of class to qualify. Lifeguard manuals are available online. Upon successful completion, this class provides the certifications required to be legally employed as a lifeguard. Includes certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid, AED and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

New! Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Classes

Blended Learning lifeguard training classes provide 7 hours of online coursework to be completed prior to entering the classroom. This will enable the in-person lifeguard training sessions to be held in a shorter amount of time.

Seven hours of online coursework needs to be completed by the first day of class. You will receive a record verifying your successful completion of the online portion and this should be brought to the first day of class. Other prerequisites for the class include swimming 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, freestyle or a combination of both, treading water for two minutes without hands, and completing a timed event within 100 seconds to include starting in the water, swimming 20 yards without goggles, completing surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10 pound object and returning to the surface and swimming 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point, with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.  Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.  (Completion of the online coursework alone does not certify you as a lifeguard.)

Lifeguard Recertification Course

Includes pre-test, skill review and written and practical final test. Bring CPR mask. Re-certifies Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, O2 and AED valid for 2 years.  Please Note:  There is no longer any grace period for expired Lifeguard Certifications.  You must re-certify before expiration or take full Red Cross Lifeguard course in its entirety.


For more information contact Flora Mannino, 908-483-4924 or fmannino@hcymca.org

For all Red Cross Courses: Students must provide a valid email address at registration to allow for communication with the instructor. Course textbooks can be downloaded for free by going to redcross.org and click on “Take A Class”. Click “Learn About Our Programs” on the left. Scroll down and click “Lifeguarding”. Bringing a copy of the book to class is recommended. Upon successful completion of one of our lifeguard classes students will receive the following certifications: 1) American Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid 2) CPR for Lifeguards with AED 3) Administering Emergency Oxygen. All certifications are valid for 2 years.


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