Lifeguard Course


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. If you intend to come to a try-out session, please reach out to our Lifeguard Instructor, Mark Mellon, via email at mmellon@ywcagettysburg.org to let him know you are coming.

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

November

Re-Certification Course

November 13 & 14

  • Friday, November 13, 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Full Course

November 27, 28, & 29

Tryouts: Monday, November 23rd @ 5 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

December

Full Course

December 18, 19 & 20

Tryouts: Monday, December 14th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, December 18, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, December 19, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, December 20, 8 am – 6 pm

January

Full Course

January 22, 23 & 24

Tryouts: Monday, January 18th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, January 22, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, January 23, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, January 24, 8 am – 6 pm

February

Full Course

February 19, 20 & 21

Tryouts: Monday, February 15th @ 5 pm

  • Friday, February 19, 5:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, February 20, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, February 21, 8 am – 6 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.