CPR/AED/First Aid Training

The American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will hold an Adult, Infant, Child CPR/AED, and First Aid certification valid for two years.

Skills acquired in this course cannot be applied to a lifeguarding certification as this course certifies participants in rescue skills for lay responders, not professional rescuers.


$60 per participant

Lifeguard Certification - ARC

The American Red Cross – Lifeguarding Certification courses are available year-round from certified professionals who will deliver the course designed to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared in the event of a water emergency. This class will certify participants in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and AED. Participants must attend all classes as well as pass a final written and water test.

Class Prerequisites:

1. All participants must be at least 15 years old on or before the last day of class.
2. Swim 300 yards continuously (using freestyle and breaststroke) demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
3. Tread water with no hands for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates may not use their arms to help tread.
4. Complete a timed event in within 1 minute, 40 seconds. 
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards 
  • Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound brick. 
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the brick while keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.    
  • Exit the pool without using a ladder or steps.

Minimum of 4 participants in a class is required in order to hold class. If the minimum is not met, participant notification will be made the Monday prior to class beginning. You will have the option of a full refund or a transfer into another class.


Lifeguard Certification: $220 per participant | $70 due at registration, non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot in the class. Remaining balance due the first day of class.

Lifeguard Re-Certification: $100 per participant | $50 due at registration. Must hold current lifeguard certification.

*Please note: Refunds will only be made if the YMCA cancels the class.

Class Days/Times Vary – click below for all available sessions

Water Safety

This class fulfills the requirements for those going through the Foster/Adoption process in the state of Alabama and can be offered in conjunction with the CPR/First Aid classes. This course also covers the differences of swimming in a natural body of water and gives you the skills to be prepared in case of an emergency. This course does not certify you to become a Lifeguard.


$40 per participant | 1 hour.

Water Safety classes are by appointment only and scheduled directly through the Aquatics Director.  Please contact your local branch to schedule.