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YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Lifeguard Certification

Are you interested in becoming a certified lifeguard for the summer? Then we are looking for you! If you’re looking to work as a YMCA lifeguard, the Y will pay for you to complete your lifeguard course!

The Lifeguard certification course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses: Basic Life Support, Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration. The 30-hour course held over five days covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool maintenance basics, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. Students must pass the physical skills test prior to the class.

Age Range for Participation:  16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled class.

Course Requirements

By registering for the course, all lifeguard candidates are attesting to the following:

  1. The ability to swim 50-100 yards of front crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke.
  2. The ability to tread water for 2 minutes without their hands and surface dive feet first in 8-10 feet of water and swim under water for 15 feet.
  3. All candidates must demonstrate throughout the entire course the mature and behavior expected of a rescue professional.

Candidates are required to complete and pass 10 hours of online homework before the first day of the course.  The online homework includes CPR Pro, Basic First Aid, Emergency Oxygen Administration and YMCA Lifeguarding content.  Candidates who arrive on the first day without online homework certificates will be dismissed from the course.

To pass the course, candidates must pass the following written exams with 80% or higher: CPR Pro, Basic First Aid, Emergency Oxygen Administration, YMCA Lifeguarding.  Candidates must also pass a team water skills test and demonstrate the ability to perform every rescue.

In the event that any of the above are not performed to Y-USA Lifeguard standards, the following refunds may be provided to those individuals paying full price for the course:

Day 1 – $200 may be refunded

Day 2 – $150 may be refunded

Day 3 – $100 may be refunded

Day 4 – No refund

Contact Information

To register contact your nearest YMCA for more details. Find your closest location here.


Lifeguard Academy

Lifeguard Academy is designed to take people who cannot currently swim or cannot swim well, and not only teach them how to swim, but condition them enough to where they could potentially pass a lifeguard course. This program is designed for those interested in employment as a lifeguard with the Fort Worth YMCA.

Throughout this program, students will learn the necessary skills needed to become a YMCA lifeguard. Not only will they leave the program having gained the necessary skills to become better prepared for the job market, they will also learn crucial lifesaving skills that can be applied outside of an aquatics environment.

For more information or to register, contact:

The YMCA offers quick and easy financial assistance in the form of our Open Doors program for every membership and Y program. Learn more today!