Lifeguard Training

In addition to swim lessons, water fitness, and masters swim opportunities for children and families, the YMCA offers lifeguard certification and training. Upon certification, participants may also successfully seek employment at the YMCA. The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the course. All classes are held at the Binghamton Y.

YMCA Lifeguard Certification & Training Prerequisites  

This course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.

Participants will learn

  • Guarding techniques, water entries and rescues
  • Accident prevention
  • Scanning
  • Lifeguarding techniques
  • Emergency systems
  • Rescue skills
  • First aid in aquatic environments
  • Spinal injury management
  • Weather and open-water dangers
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Pool maintenance basics
  • Information on how to get a job as a lifeguard


Physical Competency Requirements

  1. Tread water for 2 minutes – Swim 100 yards of front crawl.
  2. Swim 50 yards of each: Front crawl with the head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breastroke with head up, elementary backstroke kick with hands on chest.
  3. Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.
  4. Participants start in the water at the shallow end. Sprint for approximately 60 feet, then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).
  5. Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of the pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found, swim the remaining length to the end of the pool, and hoist yourself out of the water. Immediately begin compression on an adult mannequin for 1 minute or 100 compressions, and stand and listen to directions from the instructor.

Students must pass the Physical Competency Requirements skills test prior to the class and must be 16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled class.

2020 Course Dates

September 26 - October 2

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00-9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm


Lifeguard Training Reimbursement Program

Members $300
Non-Member $520



Renewal Course Date

Sunday, September 20th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Members $136
Non-Member $182