Lifeguard and Safety Training

Lifeguard and Safety Training

At the Y, we know that a big part of keeping our communities well, is keeping them safe. We offer several training and certification courses in an effort to make and keep our communities safe, not just inside of our walls. Offerings include:

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a proud Licensed Training Partner with American Red Cross teaching lifeguard and water safety instructor courses.

American Red Cross Lifeguard - NEW Certification

Indianola, Waukee, Wellmark
12/27/21 - 3/27/22
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Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. You will learn how to quickly respond to emergencies both in the water and on land. You will also be trained on drowning and injury prevention, so you can better help those in need. Lifeguard certification classes require an online course to be completed prior to the classroom sessions. Must be 15 to register.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
7/15/21 9/23/25 Online / Front Desk $ 175.00$ 200.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
12/27/21 - 12/29/21
Wellmark (12/27-12/29; 8am-4pm daily)
4 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
12/25/2021
01/07/22 - 01/09/22
Waukee (1/7: 5pm-9pm, 1/8 8am-5pm, 1/9: 8am-5pm)
4 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
01/05/2022
02/04/22 - 02/06/22
Waukee (2/4: 5pm-9pm, 2/5 8am-5pm, 2/6: 8am-5pm)
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
02/02/2022
02/25/22 - 02/27/22
Wellmark (2/25: 5pm-9pm, 2/26: 8am-5pm, 2/27: 8am-5pm)
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
02/23/2022
03/14/22 - 03/16/22
Wellmark (3/14-3/16: 8am-4pm daily)
4 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
03/12/2022
03/16/22 - 03/18/22
Indianola (3/16-3/18: 8am-4pm daily)
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
03/14/2022
03/25/22 - 03/27/22
Indianola (3/25: 5pm-9pm, 3/26: 8am-5pm, 3/27: 8am-5pm)
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
03/23/2022

American Red Cross Lifeguard - REVIEW Certification

Indianola, Waukee, Wellmark
1/22/22 - 3/17/22
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Already lifeguard certified? Lifeguard certifications are valid for 2 years. To maintain your certification you must take a lifeguard review course no later than 30 days after your expiration date. After 30 days you will need to take the full certification course to be eligible to work as a lifeguard.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
7/15/21 8/21/25 Online / Front Desk $ 100.00$ 125.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
01/22/22
Indianola (1/22: 8am-6pm) - 8:00 am
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
01/20/2022
02/19/22
Waukee (2/19: 8am-6pm) - 8:00 am
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
02/17/2022
03/17/22
Wellmark (3/17: 8am-6pm) - 8:00 am
5 / 5 Available Register  
Closes
03/15/2022

Lifeguard Instructor Course - NEW Certification

Waukee, Wellmark
3/14/22 - 4/4/22
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This course will strengthen your lifeguard skills and train you to teach lifeguard certification courses. Courses include Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, Waterfront Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Bloodborne Pathogen Training.  Participants will earn an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification valid for 2 years upon successful completion of the course.

Prerequisites:
• Possess an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
• Be at least 17 years old
• Complete a Lifeguard Instructor online course


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
7/15/21 7/1/30 Online / Front Desk $ 250.00$ 275.00

Available Sessions

Date(s) Spots
Available
03/14/22 - 03/16/22
Wellmark (3/14-3/16 8am-5pm Daily) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
10 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
03/07/2022
03/27/22 - 04/04/22
Waukee (3/27, 4/02, 4/03 8a-5p) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8 / 10 Available Register  
Closes
03/20/2022

Lifeguard Instructor Course - REVIEW Certification

Wellmark
3/26/22 - 3/26/22
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You must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification to attend this course.


Registration Information  

Open Close Register At MemberNon-Member
7/21/21 7/22/25 Online / Front Desk $ 100.00$ 100.00

Available Sessions

Date(s)
03/26/22
Wellmark (3/26: 8am-6pm) - Sa - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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