Becoming a Certified Lifeguard can be both rewarding and beneficial. Sign up for lifeguard training at Countryside YMCA.


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Warm weather and summertime are right around the corner. Pools at the YMCA and elsewhere will be filled with children and adults. Beaches will be overcrowded with people. A lifeguard certification opens a world of possibilities.

You'll be able to spend time near the pool, potentially save lives and meet a bunch of new people.

Most people take lifeguard classes in their teens and add their training to their resumes. When you become a lifeguard, you’ll enjoy a lot of benefits:


Lifeguard Certification Teaches Life-Saving Skills

Being a lifeguard means more than just learning how to swim. If a person was underwater for long or was injured in some way, such as diving into a pool, you may be required to perform life-saving procedures.

A few of the skills that you’ll learn to become a lifeguard are:

  • CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a way to restart someone’s heart and also preserve brain function by artificial ventilation. This procedure is often performed prior to an ambulance or other medical professional arriving at the scene.
  • First Aid: Basic first aid provides safety and potential relief to the patient. You'll learn how to address certain issues, such as gashes, and help stabilize a person until the EMTs or other emergency personnel respond.
  • Oxygen Administration: The longer the brain goes without adequate oxygen levels, the higher the risk of brain damage. Lifeguard certification ensures that the lifeguard, in this case you, knows how to properly administer oxygen to individuals.

These lifesaving skills can make a difference in your life and the lives of others. If you ever need to save a life, you’ll have the skills and training to do so.


Boost Your Resume

When you become a lifeguard, it’s a nice addition to your resume. A lot of teenagers choose to get their certification in their mid-to-late teens, age 16 or older, and the training will improve their hiring chances for a lifetime.

If you plan on going into the medical field or to work as an emergency responder, these credentials can make a drastic difference in your hiring prospects.


Encourages Staying Active

More teens are spending time on their phones and not going outside with their friends. When these young adults have a sense of responsibility, they’re able to stay active. Being a lifeguard, and using your certificate, means that you’ll be able to:

  • Stay in shape
  • Remain active
  • Make money

You'll need to participate in daily drills, go to the pool or beach, and have fun in the sun while making money at the same time. For anyone that likes spending their summer at the pool or beach anyway, becoming a lifeguard is an opportunity to be outdoors, meet new people, save lives and be paid for it, too.

If you want to take lifeguard classes and become a lifeguard, Countryside YMCA offers a weeklong course for anyone that is sixteen years of age or older. The course is intense, but it will end with everyone that passes earning their lifeguard certification.

Get certified as a lifeguard at Countryside YMCA.