Certifications

American Red Cross Lifeguard

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and be able to pass the pre-requisites for the course. The pre-requisites for the course are: swim 300 yards continuously; swim 20 yards dive down 7-10 feet and retreive a 10 pound brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on the your back in 1 minute 40 seconds; and tread water with no hands for 2 minutes. There are review course options available for this certification if you are currently an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentation in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions, and how to evaluate participants' progress. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and be able to pass the pre-requisites for the course. The pre-requisites are to perform the following at a level 4 swimming ability: 25 yards front crawl, 25 yards back crawl, 25 yards sidestroke, 25 yards elementary backstroke, 15 yards butterfly, tread water for 1 minute, and float on back for 1 minute.

American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid course program is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This program offers a choice of first aid, CPR and AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. There are review and challenge courses available for this class.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentation in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct lectures, discussions, skills, skill scenarios, and skill drills. Participants must be at last 17 years of age and be able to pass the pre-requisites. Contact Kelly Winkels at kelly.winkels@prescottymca.org if interested in taking this course.

American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard

The purpose of the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard course is designed to teach students basic water rescues, now to help lifeguards. In the class students will become Junior Lifeguard certified, CPR, and First Aid certified. Students must be at least 11 years of age and be able to pass the pre-requisites. Contact Kelly Winkels at kelly.winkels@prescottymca.org if interested in taking this course or register at the front desk today!

American Safety and Health Institute Courses: CPR/AED and Basic First Aid

Every month the James Family Prescott YMCA offers ASHI CPR and First Aid. Class times and days vary. Basic Life Support classes also offered. Inform the instructor prior to the start of class that you need BLS and be prepared to work a little longer. Read more...