Are you interested in becoming a certified lifeguard for the summer? Then we are looking for you! The lifeguard courses below include a 30-hour training course held over 5 days for anyone wishing to become a YMCA certified lifeguard. Click on one of the links to register for a session below – you must be present each day.

If you wish to work for the YMCA after course completion, please contact your local branch’s Aquatics Director to set up an interview prior to registration.  All future employees will be given discounted rate of $125 for the lifeguard course. Financial Assistance is available for those who cannot afford the $125 rate. Please contact the Aquatics Director at the branch you would like to work for more information. 


2018 Lifeguard Courses

Date: Location:
May 26-29 Northwest
June 4-7 Westside
June 11-14 Airport
June 18-21 Eastside
July 9-12 Westside
September 8-9 & 12-14 Airport
October 20-21 & 24-26 Ryan
December 1-2 & 5-7 Ryan

Class Times are as follows:

Weekend Classes: 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Weekday Classes: 5 P.M. – 10 P.M.

*Classes on March 12-15 will be 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. daily*


2018 Lifeguard RENEWAL Courses

Date: Location:
June 9 Southwest
August 4 Northwest
October 6 Ryan


  • If you intend to work for the YMCA, the lifeguard course will be $125
  • Otherwise, the cost of the course is $300

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:

For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Kotar at [email protected].


Lifeguard Academy is a brand new program 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 life saving skills that can be applied outside of an aquatics environment.

Program dates & times:

  • Friday, February 2 – Friday, May 25 (held on Fridays from 5 – 6:30 p.m.)


  • 16+ years


  • Ryan Family YMCA: February – May
  • Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA: March – May

Participants are in the program as long as it takes to pass a lifeguard prerequisite swim, unless the program ends before they have passed. Free for potential employees. 


For more information or to register, contact Madel Perez at 817-249-0500 or complete the registration form