Gain the knowledge, skills and certification to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer! The YMCA Lifeguard Course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS), First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration Certifications. The course 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.

Also learn how to anticipate and prevent problems before they occur and take action to help those in danger in pool, lake, river, surf and waterpark environments. A free physical skills test is required at least one week before registering for the course. Must be at least 16 years of age. Certified lifeguards who join the Westfield Area YMCA aquatics staff receive a 50% reimbursement of lifeguard course fees.

Three courses are scheduled and run 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on both days: April 25 & May 2, May 16 & 23 and June 6 & 13. For more information and to arrange the free physical skills test, contact Rob Faggiano at or 908-301-9622 x276.