Lifeguard Course

How to become an American Red Cross lifeguard:
Pass the lifeguard try outs:
A. Swim 300 meters (non stop front crawl/freestyle or breaststroke
B. Tread water without your hands for 2 minutes
C. Dive for a  10 pound brick, swim 15 meters on your back with it, and get out of the pool in under 1 minute and 40 seconds.

If you pass the try out, then you can enter the Lifeguarding course.  This does not guarantee that you will pass the course.

  1. Read the lifeguard manual.
  2. Attend all class days and turn in your homework
  3. Pass the written exams and rescue scenarios on the last day of class

All Class dates must be attended:
Session 3: March 12, 13, 15, 16   3:00PM – 9:30PM   Try out March 9 at 5PM
Session 4: April 23, 24, 26, 27      3:00PM – 9:30PM   Try out April 20 at 5:30PM
Session 5: May 7, 8, 10, 11            3:00PM – 9:30PM   Try out May 4     at 3PM

Fee: $99 to the YWCA; plus $35 to the American Red Cross

American Red Cross Lifeguards are certified in First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administration of an Epi Pen, Asthma Inhaler, and Emergency Oxygen.  All of these certifications are good for two years. Lifeguards will also be certified in Bloodborne Pathogen training which is good for one year.

Please call the instructor, Cora, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or email her at, if you are interested in trying out.