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The Worthington Area YMCA is proud to offer full American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and First Aid & CPR Certification courses to our community and the surrounding areas. We offer Lifeguarding Certification, Lifeguard Review, First Aid/CPR Certification and first Aid/CPR Review classes several times a year. Check below for our current and upcoming Lifeguarding and First Aid/CPR Certifications and Reviews. 


Participants will undergo 30 hours of coursework: 7 hours online prior to first class and 23 hours in classroom. Participants will be contacted by the instructor and must provide a valid email and phone number when registering. Participants will be required to complete the online learning portion prior to attending class on the 1st day. Participants must pass the following physical requirements on Day 1 to continue the course: 

  1. Swim 300 yards performing the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes without the use of their arms/hands. Place hands above the water or under the arm pits. 
  3. Perform a timed recovery scenario by swimming 20 yards, submerging to retrieve an object located in 8-10 feet of water and return with object to the starting point and exit the water. This task must be completed in under 1 minute 40 seconds. 

Class Fee: $175.00 per participant (If participant applies to work for the Worthington Area YMCA, the course fee will be waived)

  • December 27, 28, 29
  • January 28, 29, 30
  • March 18, 19, 20


The Lifeguarding Review class is for any currently certified lifeguards who are still under their two year certification or not past their 30 day expiration period. Course is 10 hours in length. This comprehensive review course will bring Lifeguards up to the current American Red Cross Standards, and recertify them for another 2 years. CPR, First Aid and AED reviews are included in the cost of the program, 10 hours of course work and hands on experience. Participants must pass a physical test: 300yd swim, 2 minutes treading water without hands and a timed recovery drill. Each class is restricted to 10 participants.

  • December 23rd 8am-7pm

Class Fee: $75.00 per participant


This course includes 4 hours of course work and skill testing. Each class is restricted to 10 participants.

  • Check back for updated class offerings