Upcoming Class Dates

May 3-5, 2024
May 10-12, 2024
June 7-9, 2024
June 28-30, 2024

Location: St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

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.


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] for more information.


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Scholarships/financial assistance is available to those who qualify.