The YMCA offers a full lifeguard training course which will certify individuals to work as professional lifeguards.
Participants in the course must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class, be able to complete the online portion of the course on their own personal computer, and be able to and attend all classroom and water skills portions of the course at the Y and at Laurel Highlands High School.
For the water skills portion, participants must be able to swim 300 yards, continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
In addition, participants must be able to tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits during this test.
Finally, participants must complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds:
o Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
o Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
o Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface in order to breathe (or to get a breath).
o Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
The cost for certification is $225 for members and $275 for potential members. The cost for recertification is $112 for members and $138 for potential members.
Interested in being a YMCA Swim Instructor or Lifeguard? Call the YMCA at 724.438.2584 or visit the welcome center and ask to speak to the Aquatic Director.