General Water Safety

Important Water Safety Tips from The American Red Cross.

General Water Safety

Whether you work or volunteer in a field that takes you on, in, or near the water – or you’re a weekend warrior who loves to swim, boat or paddle around the pool – our general water safety class can complement all that you do. This course is taught through the American Red Cross and the certification stays valid for 2 years.

Class Details

The course presentation last for 30 minutes.

Fee: $10/ per individual

To set-up a water safety presentation, please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information.

Lifeguard Course

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

This is a blended learning course. Participants must try out to enter the course. Once they pass the try-out, then they can do the 7 hours of course work online and 20 hours of practical skills on land and in the water. This course provides certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer for 2 years.

We require a minimum of at least 4 participants to be able to run the course. Please register with the front desk or online prior to the tryout date. If a participant is unable to pass the tryout, their registration for the course will be refunded.

Course Fees:

Members: $200, Non-Members: $225, YWCA Staff: $150

Re-Certification Fees:

Members: $125, Non-Members: $150, YWCA Staff: $75

Try-Outs

Everyone must try out to determine whether or not they qualify to take the course. Please register with the front desk prior to the tryout date. If a participant is unable to pass the tryout, their registration for the course will be refunded.

The try-out consists of:

  • A 300-meter swim (front crawl or breaststroke)
  • Treading water without using your hands for 2 minutes
  • Dive to the bottom of the pool for a 10 pound brick, swim 15 meters on your back with the brick, and get out of the pool; all in under 1 minute and 40 seconds

To view a video example of the tryout, please click here.

Once you pass the try out, then you can begin the online course material.

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org for more information.

Upcoming Courses & Try Out Dates

Register online by Clicking Here

August

August 10, 12, & 14

Tryouts: Wednesday, August 5th @ 3 pm

  • Monday, August 10, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm – 9 pm

September

September 4, 5, & 6

Tryouts: Monday, August 31st @ 3 pm

  • Friday, September 4, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, September 5, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, September 6, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

October

October 2, 3, & 4

Tryouts: Monday, September 28th @ 3 pm

  • Friday, October 2, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 4, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

November

November 27, 28, & 29

Tryouts: Monday, November 23rd @ 3 pm

  • Friday, November 27, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 28, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 29, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Steps to Successfully Passing the Course

  1. Complete the tryout session.
  2. Finish all online course work.
  3. Attend all class sessions.
  4. Pass the rescue scenarios and written exam on the last day of class.

Adult & Pediatric CPR / AED / First Aid Course

Adult & Pediatric CPR / AED / First Aid Course

Adult & Pediatric First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is for anyone over the age of 16 who would like to get certified.  This certification stays valid for 2 years.

Class Details

This is a blended learning course.  You will be expected to spend 2-3 hours completing online coursework.  The online portion of this course should be completed prior to the in-person skills portion scheduled at the YWCA.

Fee: $90

Register online by Clicking Here

Must pay prior to the scheduled class date. Once your class fee is paid, students must contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org to have the online course link emailed to them.

Off-Site Training Services

We are able to travel and offer American Red Cross group training services at local off-site locations.

Fee: $110/ per participant

Please contact our Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org to make a request for off-site training services.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates & Times

Register online at least 3 days before the class date to allow time to complete the online course work.

September

Session 9PR

September 23, 6pm – 9pm

October

Session 10PR

October 14, 6pm – 9pm

Session 10PR2

October 28, 6pm – 9pm

November

Session 11PR

November 11, 6pm – 9pm

Session 11PR2

November 18, 6pm – 9pm