YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County
The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County is planning two upcoming lifeguard training courses, which will provide professional certifications for those looking to hold lifeguard positions at local pools.
These two-day courses will take place at the YMCA from 8 am to 6 pm February 18 and 19 and April 8 and 9, providing water and land training and instruction for rescue skills, CPR, AED/First Aid and how to be a professional lifeguard.

An additional review/recertification will take place March 19 for those who have previously completed the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course. The American Red Cross requires a review/recertification every two years for lifeguarding.

Participants must be at least 15 years old before the end of the class and pass a series of prerequisite tests to demonstrate their abilities in the water. These include swimming 300 yards continuously using rhythmic breathing, treading water for 2 minutes using only legs and retrieving a 10-pound brick from deep water while timed. These tests will be held 4:30-6:30 pm February 10 and March 31 for their respective classes.

After their swim assessment, participants will pay a deposit and receive access to online coursework to complete prior to the training. Participants will then attend 2 full in-person days to develop knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. 

Registration for the full training is $300 for those with a YMCA membership and $350 for non-members. The review-only course is $130 for members and $160 non-members. For more information or to set up an appointment to complete prerequisite skills assessment, contact Red Cross Coordinator Emily Richardson at erichardson@ithacaymca.com or by calling 607-257-0101.

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Nevin Sabet-Swingle

The new CEO of the YMCA is a bigot and I am very concerned about kids of color in their lorckerrooms not being supervised when the white guards are in there. The CEO disregards the voices of people of color, especially grievances. She punishes people of color for complaining and then the children pay in the lockerrooms when no one is looking. Be warned.

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