Class schedule

Friday: 5-9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12-6 p.m.

Attendance is mandatory at all times. Times are subject to change.

Class components: Lifeguard Certification which includes CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training (Waterfront is not included in this class).


  1. Must be 15 years of age (valid form of identification is required).
  2. Swim 300 yards—100 yards front crawl and 100 yards breaststroke—remaining 100 yards using either front crawl or breaststroke.
  3.  Time swim of 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive in depth of 9 feet, retrieve a 10lbs object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to starting point.
  4. Must be able to tread water without use of arms for 2 minutes.
  5. Blended learning will require work to be done before the course begins. Instructions will be emailed.

Registration closes the week before class starts.
Limit 10 people per course. Minimum 2 people per course.

2023 Class Dates

October 20-22, 2023
December 15-17, 2023

Location: St. Cloud Area Family YMCA


Member: $175 | Non-Member: $200

Work for the YMCA

When you complete your certification at the Y and join our team, you’ll receive $75 of the course fee back!

If interested, please contact Michelle Ahler-Johnson, Aquatics Coordinator, at before signing up for the course. 6 months of active employment is required to be eligible for reimbursement.

Looking for lifeguard recertification?

Contact Samantha Froelich at for more information.


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Scholarships/financial assistance is available to those who qualify.