Red Cross Certified Lifeguard & CPR Training Course

Course Investment:

$175 - Includes all needed supplies
 *If one does not pass the pre-course, there is a $20 non-refunable fee.
 *If one cancels after the pre-course, there is a $20 non-refundable fee. 

Lifeguard Course Schedule

2018 Course Dates:

Pickens YMCA

  • March 9 & 10 - PreCourse February 25
  • March 23 & 24 - PreCourse March 11
  • April 6 & 7 - PreCourse March 18
  • April 20 & 21 - PreCourse April 8
  • May 11 & 12 - PreCourse April 29

All classes will require online work that must be completed prior to course dates.



     Pickens YMCA
     2223 Gentry Memorial Hwy.
     Pickens, SC  29671

     Powdersville YMCA
     9115 Hwy 81 N
     Piedmont, SC 29673


Lifeguard re-certification course offered by request ($75) 


Participation Requirements and Additional Information

  • You must complete 8 to 10 hours of online training before attending the class.
  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.  Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.  Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

    → Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.  The face may be in or out of the water.  Swim goggles are not allowed.
    → Surface dive, feet-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    → Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.  Candidates should not swim the distance under water.  Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a 2 year American Red Cross lifeguarding and first aid certification. The participant will also receive a 2 year American Red Cross CPR and AED for lifeguard certification.

  • If the participant does not pass the course, a refund will not be issued nor will there be discounts for another course.

  • There is a minimum of 5 participants required to hold a class.

For more information contact:   
Pickens YMCA: Clarissa Suttle at 878-3436
Powdersville YMCA: Corie Smith at 625-0217

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