Training and Certification

Build a skill. Save a life.

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA offers classes in Lifeguard Certification and water safety. Offerings include:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
  • YMCA Lifeguard Certification
  • YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor
  • YMCA Water Fitness Instructor
  • YMCA Aquatics Safety Assistant

Different offerings are provided at select centers across the YMCA of Metro Chicago Association. Contact your Center’s Aquatics Director for exact offerings and locations.


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