American Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes

This nationally recognized program teaches participants the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Pre-requisites:  Must be at least 15 years old, and able to complete a standard swim test. Fee includes American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, First Aid, and Professional CPR, American Red Cross Lifeguarding textbook, and CPR mask. Must have at least 6 participants to run the course. Participants must come to all scheduled days in order to get the certification.

To register for a lifeguarding class:

If you are a current member of any branch of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, call 215-628-9950, stop by the Ambler Y Welcome Center, or click HERE for online registration.

The Lifeguard Certification course is open to non-members. If you are not a current member of a branch of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, you must register for the course in person at the Ambler Y (1325 McKean Road, Ambler) or over the phone at 215-628-9950. Online registration is not available.


Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (must attend all four classes)

May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 19-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 23-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

July 7-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

July 21-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

December 27-30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and able to complete a standard swim test. (Swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 3 minutes and dive to 9 feet.)

Cost:  $350


What do I bring to the lifeguarding class?

· Bathing suit (you may want to bring 2 – will we be in and out of the pool a couple times) and towels

· Goggles (they may be only used for the prerequisite swim). If you wear contacts, bring a contact case to store contacts in. You must be able to open your eyes under water.

· Lunch – you will be given 30 minutes for lunch. I suggest bringing a brown bag lunch. Vending machines are available for snacks and drinks.


Red Cross Lifeguard Re-certification (Includes CPR/AED re-cert)

April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

July 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

July 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

December 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information contact Cait Waxler at 215-628-9950 ext. 1537 or