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The YMCA’s nationally-recognized Lifeguard Certification program prepares you for one of the most highly demanded jobs in the country. Want to sign up for our next certification course? Your first step is to register for a pre-test below!

Register for the Pre-Test

We regularly schedule pre-tests to confirm your swim ability meets the standard for the Lifeguard Certification Course. Click the link below to register for your pre-test.

 

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YMCA Branches Time
Brooklyn  
Bed-Stuy Fri. 2-3pm
Coney Island  
North Brooklyn Mon. 12-2pm
Tue. 2-4pm
Wed. 1-3pm
Prospect Park  
Queens  
Cross Island Wed. 7-8pm
Sat. 1-2pm
Flushing Tue. 2-4pm
Thu. 2-4pm
Jamaica Sat. 12-12:30pm
Rockaway Mon. 10-12pm
Mon. 3-4:30pm
Manhattan  
Harlem  
McBurney Tue. 12-1:30pm
Vanderbilt Tue. 11-1pm
Thu. 11-1pm
West Side** Tue. 3-4pm
Wed. 3-4pm
Thu. 3-4pm
Fri. 3-4pm
Staten Island  
Broadway* Tue. 3:30-4:30pm
South Shore Mon. 8-9pm
Sat. 4-5pm
The Bronx  
Castle Hill*** Mon. 3-5pm
Tue. 3-5pm
La Central Mon. 4-6pm
Thu. 4-6pm

*Excludes: 9/27
**Excludes 10/4/ - 10/7
***Excludes 10/4

Note: To qualify for the December Break Week Course (December 26th - 30th), you must pass your pre-test by December 10th.

Note: To qualify for the Winter Course (January 2nd - February 26th), you must pass your pre-test by December 17th.

Note: To qualify for the February Break Week Course (February 20th - 24th), you must pass your pre-test by February 4th.

Note: To qualify for the Spring I Course (February 27th - April 30th), you must pass your pre-test by February 11th.

Note: To qualify for the Spring Break Week Course (April 10th - 14th), you must pass your pre-test by March 25th.

Note: To qualify for the Spring II Course (May 1st - June 25th), you must pass your pre-test by April 15th.

You will need to bring a swimsuit, a swim cap, and a towel to the pretest. Goggles are optional.

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What does the Pre-Test Involve?

Pre-Test Requirements

1. Tread water for 2 minutes - use legs only.

2. Swim 100 yards of front crawl.

3. Swim 50 yards of each:

  • Sidestroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Elementary backstroke

4. Complete feet-first surface dive and 15 feet underwater swim.

5. Perform 60-foot sprint, then surface dive to retrieve object at the bottom of pool and hold at surface treading for 1 minute.

6. Pick up an object from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for 1 minute with legs only, then replace the object on the bottom of the pool where it was found.

7. Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of water.

8. Perform compressions on an adult manikin and follow directions of the instructor.

Course Dates

After you successfully pass the pre-test, you may participate in our free Lifeguard Certification Course. Below are upcoming courses in New York City. Note: You do not need to take your pre-test in the same location you plan to take the certification course.

 

December Break Session

In-Person Class: December 26th - December 30th, 2022
The course is a 5 Day Intensive Course: All eLearning must be completed prior to 12/24 to attend

 

Branch Borough Dates/Times
South Shore Staten Island Mon.12/26 - Fri. 12/30 9-5pm
La Central Bronx Mon.12/26 - Fri. 12/30 10-6pm
Flushing Queens Mon.12/26 - Fri. 12/30 10-6pm

 

 

Winter Session

In-Person Class Location Dates Times
Manhattan    
Vanderbilt (Sat) Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 1:00-6:00 pm
Queens    
Cross Island (Sat) Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 1:00-6:00 pm
Bronx    
La Central (Wed) Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 3:00-8:00pm
Staten Island    
Broadway (Sat) Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 9:00-2:00pm
Brooklyn    
Bedford-Stuyvesant (Sat) Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 2:00-7:00pm

 

 

February Break Session

In-Person Class: February 20th - February 24th, 2023
The course is a 5 Day Intensive Course: All eLearning must be completed prior to 2/19 to attend

Branch Borough Dates/Times
Coney Island Brooklyn Mon. 2/20 - Fri. 2/24
Rockaway Queens Mon. 2/20 - Fri. 2/24 8am-4pm

 

 

Spring I Session

In-Person Class Location Dates Times
Manhattan    
Vanderbilt (Sat) Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 15, 22, 29 1:00-6:00 pm
Queens    
Cross Island (Sat) Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 15, 22, 29 1:00-6:00 pm
Bronx    
Castle Hill (Mon + Wed) Feb 27, Mar 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, Apr 3, 5, 17, 19, 24, 26 4:30-7:30 pm
Staten Island    
South Shore (Tues) Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 18, 25 4:00-9:00pm
Brooklyn    
Bedford-Stuyvesant (Sat) Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 15, 22, 29 2:00-7:00pm

 

 

Spring Break Session

In-Person Class: April 10th - April 14th, 2023
The course is a 5 Day Intensive Course: All eLearning must be completed prior to 4/8 to attend

Branch Borough Dates/Times
La Central Bronx Mon. 4/10 - Fri. 4/14 9-5pm
Rockaway Queens Mon. 4/10 - Fri. 4/14 8-4pm

 

 

Lifeguard Certification Course Description

Course Components
  • Basic Life Support
  • Basic First Aid
  • Oxygen administration
  • Y Lifeguard Classroom
  • Pool/Water Skills Time
  • eLearning Time
  • Course Hours

Introductory e-Learning: 9 hours
Classroom Learning: 13 hours
Water/Pool Skills: 15 hours
Total Time: 37 hours

  • Must attend all sessions. Any lateness exceeding 15 minutes is counted as not attending. Each component has a physical skill and written exam. Completion of the physical skills is mandatory to take the written exam. Passing grade is 80% for written exams.

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