Water Safety Programs

Basic Life Support CPR | AED | OXYGEN | Basic First Aid Certification

Join our ASHI certified instructors to learn basic lifesaving techniques. After completing a five and a half hour online learning course and attending an in-person class, you will be certified in Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) Oxygen, and Basic First Aid by the American Health and Safety Institute.

  • Ages: 15 and up
  • Cost: $25 for members; $40 for community members

Our next Community CPR class is October 26 from 4-6pm. Register online or with Membership.



Lifeguard Certification

Learn to Lifeguard in a variety of settings including pool, lake, river, surf, and water park. Earn YMCA Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and Oxygen Administration certifications.


Included: CPR mask, whistle, fanny pack, CPRO (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer), Oxygen Administration, and First Aid certifications.

  • YMCA Member: $195
  • Community Member: $245


  • YMCA Lifeguard (5th Edition): 2 Years
  • ASHI CPR Pro: 1 Year
  • ASHI Basic First Aid: 2 Years
  • ASHI Emergency Oxygen Administration: 2 Years

*ASHI= American Safety and Health Institute


Participants must pass the following swim test:

  • Swim 50 yards of each: front crawl with heads up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke heads up, elementary backstroke kick with no hands.
  • Tread water for at least two minutes with legs only. Swim 100 yards front crawl.
  • Surface dive, head first and feet first in 8 to 10 feet of water and swim underwater for 15 feet.
  • Sprint 25 yards, perform a surface dive, collect an object from the bottom of the pool, tread for at least on minute, hoist yourself out of the water, and immediately perform 100 chest compressions on a manikin.


  • Classroom hours: 14.5 hours
  • Water/Pool hours: 13 hours
  • eLearning hours: 8.5 hours
  • Total: 36 hours

Safety Around Water

Safety Around Water 2016
Help keep children safe with the YMCA's Safety Around Water program, where participants learn essential water safety skills. The program is free to participants and open to anyone in the community; a YMCA membership is not necessary to participate.

Select a participating location below to register.

Program Details 

  • Eligible participants are 6-12 years old
  • Lessons are conducted in the water in addition to land-based water safety
  • Students will learn what a Personal Flotation Device is and how to use it
  • Students will learn how to front and back float, jump in and return to the edge of the pool, and to kick on their front and back for ten feet
  • Students will be introduced to the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility

Upcoming Sessions

  • Check back for upcoming sessions.

Life Jackets to Borrow

LFY life jacket fitting 04_29_17The Lakewood Family YMCA is a loaner life jacket station, thanks to a generous donation by the Sea Tow Foundation. Members and community members are welcome to borrow a life jacket.

If you need to borrow a life jacket, please contact Amanda Collins at 253-460-8923.


Drake Henderson at 253-460-8934

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