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 Katie Schneider at  262.654.9622 x 245.


  • 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
Male and female smiling lifeguards standing next to the YMCA pool with their rescue tubes.

Course Content & Prerequisites: These courses 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. Please contact the Kenosha YMCA with questions.

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.

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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 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.

Get this training at a reduced price…

The Y is hiring Lifeguards!


  • Discounted Lifeguard Training Course
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • FREE Kenosha YMCA FAMILY Membership
Lifeguard standing and facing the YMCA pool