Join the NEXT GENERATION of Red Cross Training! The Kenosha YMCA is a leader in providing up-to-date training and certification through the American Red Cross. We regularly offer certification and review courses. If you have any questions about which course is right for you, please contact Sam Craig at  262.654.9622 x 224.

REASONS TO GET CERTIFIED:

  • Have fun working with your friends and peers in a safe environment
  • Gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional
  • Earn money, or join a volunteer team, while teaching people to swim
  • Gain the respect of your peers and community
  • Learn leadership and teaching skills that will help you in any career
  • Make a difference in others’ lives as well as your own
  • Teaching skills that may save a life
Young Man & Women standing next to a pool with their rescue tubes

Course Content & Prerequisites: This blended learning course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in and around pools. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills: 300-yd, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 pound brick from a maximum depth of 12 feet, then swim 20 yards with both hands on the brick. Participants must be 15 or older by completion of course. This course will include an online portion of learning that MUST be completed prior to the first day of class. The link will be emailed to you at the email address provided at registration, within 24 business hours. If you do not receive the email please contact Sam Craig at the Kenosha YMCA. If you have difficulty launching the course, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Certificate: American Red Cross Lifeguarding (includes CPR/AED and First Aid), upon successful completion of the written and physical skills tests. Certificate is valid for 2 years.

Date: Friday, June 18th

Times: 9 AM – 5 PM

Fee: Member $225 General Public: $275

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Course Content & Prerequisites: The Waterfront Lifeguard certification course incorporates both the Lifeguarding course (see above) with the Waterfront skills module. The purpose of the Waterfront skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in no surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills: 300-yd, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 pound brick from a maximum depth of 12 feet, then swim 20 yards with both hands on the brick. Participants must be 15 or older by completion of course. This course incorporates a blended learning format with online training sessions (must be completed prior to the first day of class), classroom skills and water rescue activities. The link will be emailed to you at the email address provided at registration, within 24 business hours. If you do not receive the email please contact Sam Craig at the Kenosha YMCA. If you have difficulty launching the course, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Certificate: American Red Cross Lifeguarding (includes CPR/AED and First Aid), upon successful completion of the written and physical skills tests. Certificate is valid for 2 years.

Dates & Times: (must attend all classes)

  • Monday, May 3rd from 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Tuesdays, May 4th from 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Friday, May 7th from 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, May 8th from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Fee: Member $225 General Public: $250

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WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
Course Content & Prerequisites: Each year the American Red Cross teaches more than 2 million children and adults to swim. Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are in demand throughout the country and certification is recognized nationwide, so you can work wherever you go.

As a Water Safety Instructor, you will be able to teach:
-Learn to Swim Aquatics, Levels 1-6
-Parent and Child Aquatics
-Preschool Aquatics
-Adult Swim
-Water Safety Courses and Presentations

Here are just a few of the many reasons to get certified as a Water Safety Instructor and join our winning team:
– Have fun working with your friends and peers in a safe environment
– Gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional
– Earn money, or join a volunteer team, while teaching people to swim
– Gain the respect of your peers and community
– Learn leadership and teaching skills that will help you in any career
– Make a difference in others’ lives as well as your own
– Teach skills that may save a life

Proficient swimming strokes and skills exceeding Level 5 and current CPR and Community First Aid certification are required for successful completion. Participants must be 16 or older by completion of course.

Class Dates TBD

Fee: Member $250 General Public: $275

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A copy of the course manual. Plan to bring a bag lunch for Saturday (full day) courses. If taking a review class, your current certificate and resuscitation mask.

For Lifeguarding classes: a towel, goggles, appropriate swimwear, a snack and water bottle. We will go from the pool to the classroom often, so wear comfortable clothes. Optional: your whistle and nylon hip pack.

Go to www.redcross.org to download to an e-reader or tablet or print. Please do this before attending class.

Not necessarily. However you’ll need to complete the pretest as listed on previous page successfully. You should be comfortable in the water, demonstrate breath control, and use a strong kick that moves you forward. During the breaststroke you should demonstrate the ‘Pull, Breathe, Kick, Glide’ technique. Goggles can be worn only during the 550 yard swim.

The Lifeguarding Review course is for those individuals with a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills certificate. If your certificate has expired or you hold a certificate from a different organization you should take the full Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills course.