915 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30606


This course provides the knowledge & skills needed to become a lifeguard.

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Minimum age 16 by the last day of the scheduled course.
Physical Competency Requirements (conducted in class on the first day):

The following phases must be completed in succession.

Phase 1:

  • tread water for 2 minutes (legs only)
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl

Phase 2:

  • Swim 50 yards of each: Front crawl with head up, Sidestroke, Breaststroke, Breaststroke with head up, Elementary backstroke kick with hands on chest
  • Perform a feet first surface dive in 8 feet of water and swim underwater for 15 feet

Phase 3:

  • Sprint for a distance of approx. 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 feet of water
  • Pick up an object from the bottom of the pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found
  • Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of the water
  • Immediately begin compressions on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions; stand and listen for directions from instructor
  • Quickly walk over to an elevated lifeguard stand, climb onto the lifeguard stand, sit down, look near your feet for a colored shape, and find the matching colored shape while scanning the pool area
  • Scan and identify an object located somewhere in the pool area
  • Stand up and blow a whistle loud and clearly shout "the Y is great" and then exit lifeguard stand
Requirements for Certification:
  • 100% participation and 100% attendance to all days
  • Must score 80% or higher on each section of the YMCA Lifeguard tests
  • Must score 80% or higher on the CPR Pro, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen written tests
  • Successfully perform all practical skills
  • Successfully demonstrate the ability to prevent, recognize, activate emergency action plan, rescue, provide emergency care, and complete reports
  • Successfully demonstrate strength and maturity to be a Lifeguard to prevent accidents and also respond to emergencies through classroom and pool scenarios

Cost: $200 ($50 non-refundable), no cost if you agree to work here. email for more information.  

Next Course:

May 3 (Fri) from 6PM - 8PM
May 4 (Sat) from 10AM - 4PM
May 6 (Mon) from 6PM - 8PM
May 9 (Thu) from 5PM - 8PM
May 10 (Fri) from 6PM - 8PM
May 11 (Sat) from 9AM - 1PM

(All day/times are required for certification)


Next Course #2

May 13 (Mon) from 6PM - 9PM

May 15 (Wed) from 6PM - 9PM

May 17 (Fri) from 6PM - 9PM

May 18 (Sat) from 9AM - 5PM

May 19 (Sun) from  9AM - 5PM

*Registration opens Friday, April 26* 

(All day/times are required for certification)



YASA - Youth Aquatic Safety Assistant (Junior Lifeguard)

minimum age - 14 y/o

Cost: $75, no cost if you agree to work here.



**Must have current lifeguard, CPR Pro/AED, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen cards**

*Must hold current YMCA Lifeguard Certification for this course*

No Classes Scheduled at this time.

Cost: $100 ($50 non-refundable) *Save $50.00 if you kept your books*