YGUARD is a rigorous 40 hour class for ages 16 and up.

During this class, participants will learn life-saving rescue skills for an aquatic environment. Once a participant passes the class, and passes the skills and written test, they will be certified as a YMCA Lifeguard for 2 years and can lifeguard at any YMCA and most other facilities (certification requirements may vary at each location). This certification covers CPR/AED, First Aid, O2, and YGUARD life guard certification.


  • A physical competency swim must be completed and passed prior to registration.
  • Participants must attend all sessions, pass all written tests with an 80% or better in each section.
  • Successfully perform all practical skills.
  • Successfully demonstrate the ability to follow the Safe in Six principle.
  • Turn in eLearning Certificates on due dates.

Cost:  $225 for members or $275 for prospective members

When: April 2017

Thursday April 27th 5:00pm-9:30pm; Monday May 1st 5:00pm-9:30pm; Friday April 28th 5:00pm-9:30pm; Tuesday May 2nd 5:00pm-9:30pm; Saturday April 29th 12:00pm-7:30pm; and Wednesday May 3rd 5:00pm-9:30pm

If you drop out, miss class, or cannot pass the written exams or in-water skills for any reason your money will not be refunded.

Registration: Schedule an appointment with Justine Intiso, Aquatics Director, to complete the physical competency requirements. Once you pass the physical competency requirements you can then register for the class.

Includes: YMCA Lifeguard, ASHI CPR-PR, First Aid and O2 Administration Certification, CPR Mask, Fanny pack, Whistle w/lanyard and On the guard: The YMCA Lifeguard Manual, Edition 5.

Additional Info: Bring a Swimsuit, Towel, Pen, Paper and any food you wish to eat during the training.




For more information please contact Justine Intiso, Aquatics Director, at 336.882.9622.