Water Safety Programs


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.

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


  • 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
  • E-Learning hours: 8.5 hours
  • Total: 36 hours


To inquire about registering for YMCA Lifeguarding Certification Course contact Linda Cota at 253-534-7859.

Safety Around Water

TTFY safety-around-waterHelping children stay safe with the YMCA's Safety Around Water program, is where participants learn essential water safety skills. This program is free to participants and open to anyone in the community; a YMCA membership is not necessary to participate.

Our Safety Around Water program is kicking off the last week of January, and we are excited for this opportunity to connect with local schools from our community. By teaching our youth to swim, through means of offering free swim lessons, we hope to nurture their potential, and create lasting and meaningful change for their future.

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

2019 Safety Around Water Schedule

Voyager Elementary | January 28 – 31 | 97 Students 

Purdy Elementary | February 4 – 7 | 110 Students

Vaughn Elementary | February 11 – 14 | 64 Students

Harbor Heights Elementary | March 4 – 7 | 108 Students

Discovery Elementary | March 11 - 14 | 107 Students 

Artondale Elementary | March 25 – 28 | 76 Students 

Minter Creek Elementary | April 8 - 11 | 71 Students 

Evergreen Elementary | May 28 - 31 | 84 Students


Marcus Henderson at 253-534-7860 

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