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Lifeguard certification is a perfect start to anyone's dreams to become a lifeguard. This class is a fast-paced and challenging program designed to teach and reinforce the fundamentals of lifeguarding.

For those who are already lifeguards and wish to recertify, we also offer lifeguard recertification. This class is designed to review existing skills, go over new updates, and to reinforce lifeguarding fundamentals.

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in this program. Participants must have passed the pre-course skills test prior to registering for the full Lifeguard Training course. Space is limited. You must pass the pre-course skills test at least two weeks prior to the preferred session. You will receive an email after registering that will direct you to the Red Cross site, where you will set up an account and complete the 7.5-hour online learning portion before the first day of class. Participant must present proof of online completion on the first day of class.

A list of pre-course skills test dates and locations is available on the Registration Form.

Class Schedule and Informational Brochure

Download the Class Schedule and Informational Brochure. Please register at the branch where the class is held. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I be certified in? 
Upon successful completion of the lifeguard training course, participants will be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. 
When will I receive my cards? 
Your cards will be passed out on the last day of class. You will also receive an email with your certification. If you lose your card, you must call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS. They will want to know when you took the class and at which location.
How long does certification last? 
All certifications are for two years. However, the state of Nebraska DHHS requires anyone who wishes to lifeguard to recertify his/her CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer every year. 
What is the minimum age? 
Class participants must be 15 years old by the last day of class. 
What if I already hold current certifications in CPR or First Aid? 
The Red Cross requires that lifeguards hold CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer for the Lifeguard/First Aid certification to be considered valid. In the state of Nebraska, CPR/AED certifications must be renewed annually to remain eligible for employment as a Lifeguard. There is no reduction of course fees if you hold a current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification. Students who hold certification in lay responder certifications are required to participate in all course components to pass the course. 
What do I need to bring with me to class each day? 
Students should bring the following to class each day: 
Online course completion certificate, course manual, pocket mask, swim suit, towel, lock, snacks/drinks, lunch, money if purchasing snacks/lunch out of facility, glasses or contact case/solution, and a writing utensil. Pocket masks will be provided at the beginning of the course. 
Will breaks be provided during class? 
Periodically throughout class, small breaks of 15 to 20 minutes will be taken for rest, snacks, etc. A 1-hour lunch break will be taken both Saturday and Sunday. The exact time of the lunch break will be determined based on the progress of the class that day and natural breaks in course curriculum.

How can I apply to work as a lifeguard or swim instructor at the Y?
Visit the Lincoln YMCA's employment site where you can learn about current openings and apply online.