Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification


Learn to Be a Lifesaver

Our Lifeguard courses are designed to ensure that you are properly trained
and rescue ready when moments matter.

Our classes are blended learning which combines online learning with in- person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete the initial eLearning lessons of your training at least two days prior to your first on-site skills session.

Warlick Family YMCA
2221 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054

March 17 - 18
April 21 - 22
May 19 - 20
June 9 - 10

Classes are held on Fridays 4:30-7:30 and Saturdays 10:30-6:30

Register for Lifeguard Certification



  • Swim 300 yards continuously using freestyle or breaststroke
  • Timed brick dive/swim
  • Tread water for two minutes using kicks only
  • Students must be 15 to participate


  • Online course work is due prior to the first day of class for all blended learning courses.
  • This will be emailed to participants after registration.

Each participant is required to complete and pass a mandatory swim test which includes:

  • 300-yard swim (front crawl or breaststroke)
  • 20 yards swim to retrieve and return a 10-pound brick
  • Tread water with feet only for 2 minutes
  • Attendance is mandatory for all session dates.
  • Participants must be 15 years old by the date of the last class.


Swim Club

Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

Recertification classes are offered to guards who have a current lifeguard certification or certification that is less than 30 days expired. Registrants must provide proof of a valid Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification. Requirements to successfully recertify:

  • Successfully complete the lifeguard swim test
  • Attend and participate in all class sessions and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in all required Lifeguarding skills, including CPR and First Aid
  • Pass the final skills scenarios and the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%.

YMCA Members: $130
Program Participants: $163

Register to Recertify


Get Hired as a Lifeguard for the YMCA

We are always looking for dedicated staff members! In fact, we train new staff at our expense with our training agreement.
Contact Candace Hyde for more information if you are interested in lifeguarding at the YMCA by emailing or calling 704.830.9622 today!