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Lifeguard Certification

Learn how to save lives and prevent injuries around water with the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.

Full course:  The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for

Participants will earn a 2-year certification card--Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years.


  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. 
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. 
  • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.



Participants will receive a link to the e-learning modules. These modules must be completed before the in-person sessions.

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 1 week in advance for partial refund. Must attend and participate in all sessions to complete the course.

Class fee: $250. Incentives available for prospective employees of the Brainerd Family YMCA.



In-Person sessions: 

For registration or questions please contact Megan Balach at 218-454-2562 or Email.