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Lifeguard Training & Certification

Build a skill. Save a life.

Lifeguard TrainingWhether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the Burbank Community YMCA Lifeguard program is the place to begin! Through classroom activities, group discussion and hands-on practice, you'll learn the skills you need to work as a lifeguard.

Our comprehensive Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Course will also include CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED, Oxygen Administration and First Aid.

Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be certified in:

  • YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Red Cross Basic First Aid

Training Prerequisites

  • Must be at least age 15 for ARC certification
  • Swim continuously the 300-yd lifeguard medley ARC certification
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only (hands above water)
  • Feet-first surface dive to 9 feet and return to the surface of the pool
  • Pick up a 10-pound brick off the bottom of the pool and swim 25 yards
  • Swim underwater for a distance of 15 feet

Certification Requirements

To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:

  • Pass the prerequisites

    Attend 100% of all class sessions

  • Arrive on time for all class sessions
  • Participate 100% in all class sessions

    Complete 100% of all online assignments & homework on time

  • Pass written and skills test
  • Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
  • Candidates unable to perform all the skills necessary to receive certification by the last day of the class will be granted a conditional certification. It is up to the student to schedule a retest with the instructor within 30 days.
  • Certification confirmation documents will be sent to participant 4-6wks post-course completion.

Course Dates & Time (Coming Soon)

Registration (Coming Soon)


Family Members $200
Adult/Youth Members $225
Non-Members $250