Training + Certification: Simple, Fast, and Easy

Become a student of the American Red Cross, while obtaining life-saving knowledge and skills designed to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency, with all the latest health and safety training techniques and certification programs.


IMPORTANT NOTES

BLENDED LEARNING FORMAT – our Lifeguard training courses are offered in a blended learning format which allows participants to complete approximately 7 hours worth of ONLINE content outside of class. The online course work will prepare them to attend the in-person skill sessions where they will practice skills and demonstrate competency.

Participants MUST REGISTER ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE to allow ample time to start the online coursework prior to Day 1 of training.   Email the instructor (AngelaReeve@optonline.net) once you have registered with the facility to request the Student Syllabus detailing how to access the online course work.

PRE-REQUISITES include:  

  1. Students must be 15 years of age by the last scheduled day of class, and
  2. Students must pass a PRE-REQUISITE SWIM SKILLS EVALUATION – see specific course requirements below.

 

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy:

  1. Transfer request with more than 7 days notice will be honored as availability permits without penalty.
  2. Cancellation within 7 days prior to the start of Day 1 of your course — no refund applies.
  3. Transfer requests within 7 days prior to the start of your course, $75 transfer processing fee applies.
  4. No refunds for those who do not successfully meet all course completion requirements.
  5. Failed pre-requisite swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training constitutes cancellation. No refund applies.  However, those who do not pass the pre-req swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training may request that their registration fee be applied toward a future course offering — a $75 processing fee applies.  This forward application of registration fees may be requested only once.

Red Cross Training Schedule

January – August 2020

The YMCA Greenwich is a proud provider of American Red Cross health and safety training. We offer the latest course curriculum in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, First Aid, CPR/AED (for both the Professional Rescuer and the lay responder), Connecticut Childcare, Babysitter’s Training, and more. Our course offerings are open to members and non members year round.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Successful participants earn certification that is valid for 2 years. Participants indicate to the instructor what level of certification they wish to pursue as detailed below:

  • Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED – this level of certification prepares individuals to guard at indoor and outdoor POOL facilities only.
  • Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED with Waterfront Skills – prepares individuals to guard at indoor and outdoor pools, as well as guard at non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds (lakes, rivers, streams, the non-surf Long Island Sound, ponds, etc). Students need to bring their own set of search mask and fins to complete the waterfront skills portion of the training. Goggles do not suffice.
  • BLENDED LEARNING Format – our Lifeguard training courses are offered in a blended learning format allowing participants to complete 7 hours worth of ONLINE content outside of class. The online course work will prepare you to attend the in-person skill sessions where you practice skills and demonstrate competency.
  • Participants MUST REGISTER ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE to allow ample time to start the online course work prior to Day 1 of training. Email the instructor (AngelaReeve@optonline.net) once you have registered with the facility to request the Student Syllabus detailing how to access the online course work.

PRE-REQUISITES INCLUDE:

  • 15 years of age by the last scheduled day of class
  • Must pass a PRE-REQUISITE SWIM SKILLS EVALUATION (see below)

Pre-Req Swim Skills Evaluation for Lifeguarding:

  • Goggles may be used for the 300 yard continuous swim only.
  • 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;
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs;
  • Complete a timed event within 1 min 40 secs — Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive (feet first or head first) to a depth of 7’ – 10’ to retrieve a 10 pound object, resurface and return to the starting point by with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Pre-Req Swim Skills Evaluation for Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills:

  • Goggles may be used for the 550 yard continuous swim only.
  • 550 yard continuous swim demonstrating rhythmic breathing (front crawl, breaststroke, or any combination of front crawl and breaststroke);
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only;
  • Complete a timed event within 1 min 40 secs — Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive (head or feet first) to retrieve a 10 pound brick from at least 7-9’ deep water, resurface and return to the starting point by swimming 20 yards on back with two hands on the brick at all times, and exit without using the steps or ladder.
  • Goggles may be used for the 300 yard continuous swim, but for no other part of the pre-requisite swim skills evaluation.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

2020 Pre-Requisite Swim Skills Evaluation Dates for Lifeguard Training:

Candidates can sign up with the instructor (AngelaReeve@optonline.net) to come in during any of the times listed below for a free swim evaluation or by appointment (plan on staying 45 minutes). Those who pass the pre-req swim skills requirements will be excused from swimming the evaluation on Day 1 of training. Those who do not pass will have the opportunity to practice and re-attempt the pre-req swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training. Failure to pass the pre-req swim skills requirements on Day 1 of training constitutes cancellation (no refund applies).

  • January 8 (Wed.) – 8pm
  • January 11 (Sat.) – 3:30pm
  • February 5 (Wed.) – 8pm
  • February 15 (Sat.) – 4:30pm
  • February 23 (Sun.) – 8am
  • March 7 (Sat.) – 3:30pm
  • March 28 (Sat.) – 3:30pm
  • April 2 (Thu.) – 8pm
  • April 11 (Sat.) – 4:30pm
  • April 15 (Wed.) – 8pm
  • May 9 (Sat.) – 2pm
  • May 11 (Mon.) – 8pm
  • May 16 (Sat.) – 4pm
  • May 17 (Sun.) – 3:30pm
  • May 18 (Mon.) – 8am
  • May 26 (Tue.) – 8am
  • June 1 (Mon.) – 8am
  • June 3 (Wed.) – 8pm
  • June 5 (Fri.) – 8am
  • June 10 (Wed.) – 8pm

Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy:

  • Transfer request with more than 7 days notice will be honored as availability permits without penalty.
  • Cancellation within 7 days prior to the start of Day 1 of your course — no refund applies.
  • Transfer requests within 7 days prior to the start of your course, $75 transfer processing fee applies.
  • No refunds for those who do not successfully meet all course completion requirements.
  • Failed pre-requisite swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training constitutes cancellation.
  • No refund applies. However, those who do not pass the pre-req swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training may request that their registration fee be applied toward a future course offering — a $75 processing fee applies. This forward application of registration fees may be requested only once.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING – FULL Course Offerings

FULL COURSE offerings – students will complete an ONLINE component outside of class and will attend all dates/times of the in-person skill sessions listed below. Those pursuing waterfront skills have additional training hours as noted below.

LGT Course C:

  • February 15 (Sat.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • February 16 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • February 17 (Mon.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • February 17 (Mon.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course D:

  • February 23 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • March 1 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • March 8 (Sun.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • March 8 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course E:

  • March 15 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • March 22 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • March 29 (Sun.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • March 29 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course F:

  • April 9 (Thu.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • April 10 (Fri.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • April 11 (Sat.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • April 11 (Sat.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront” )

LGT Course G:

  • April 13 (Mon.) -12:30pm – 7pm
  • April 14 (Tue.) – 12:30pm – 7pm
  • April 15 (Wed.)- 12:30pm – 7pm
  • April 16 (Thu.) – 12:30pm – 5pm (for those needing “waterfront” level of LGT)

LGT Course H:

  • Apr 26 (Sun.)- 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 3 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 10 (Sun.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • May 10 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront” level of LGT)

LGT Course I:

  • May 18 (Mon.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 19 (Tue.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 20 (Wed.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • May 20 (Wed.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course J:

  • May 26 (Tue.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 27 (Wed.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • May 28 (Thu.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • May 28 (Thu.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course K:

  • May 31 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • June 7 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm
  • June 14 (Sun.) – 8am – 1:30pm
  • June 14 (Sun.) – 8am – 4:30pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course L:

  • June 1 (Mon.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 2 (Tue.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 3 (Wed.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 4 (Thu.) – 9:30am – 2pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course M:

  • June 8 (Mon.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 9 (Tue.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 10 (Wed.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 11 (Thu.) – 9:30am – 2pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

LGT Course N:

  • June 15 (Mon.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 16 (Tue.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 17 (Wed.) – 8am – 3pm
  • June 18 (Thu.) – 9:30am – 2pm (for those needing “waterfront”)

FULL COURSE Registration Fee = $475

Registration fee includes access to the online component of the training course, digital access to the required textbook, CPR breathing barrier, and Red Cross certification fee.

Waterfront participants must supply their own search mask and fins for the waterfront skills module. Goggles do not suffice.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING – REVIEW COURSE Offerings

Participants MUST hold a CURRENT Lifeguarding certificate (no more than 30 days expired before the Day 1 start of the Review Course offering) to be eligible to participate in the Review Course format. A copy of the current certificate must be provided to the instructor before the start of the training.

Review Course participants must complete the online component prior to attending the in-person skills sessions. Those pursuing waterfront skills have additional training hours as noted below. Participants may complete the pre-requisite swim skills requirements during one of the swim evaluation dates listed above, or may opt to complete the pre-req swim skills evaluation during the first hour of Day 1 of training.

LGT Review Course #1

  • May 16 (Sat.) – 8:30am – 6:30pm
  • May 17 (Sun.) – 12pm – 5pm (for those needing “waterfront” attend both May 16 & 17)

LGT Review Course #2

  • May 29 (Fri.) – 7am – 5pm
  • June 5 (Fri.) – 9am – 2pm (for those needing “waterfront”, attend both May 29 & Jun 5)

LGT Review Course #3

  • June 12 (Fri.) – 7am – 5pm
  • June 19 (Fri.) – 9am – 2pm (for those needing “waterfront,” attend both Jun 12 & 19)

REVIEW COURSE Registration Fee = $375

Participants bring their own CPR breathing barrier (else a new one can be purchased for $15 on Day 1). Registration fee includes access to the online component of the course, digital textbook, and Red Cross certification fee. Waterfront participants must supply their own search mask and fins (goggles do not suffice).

ADDITIONAL Review Course Options – If the Review Course dates/times listed above do not work for your schedule, you may select any Full Course offering and request the reduced Review Course registration fee. (A reduced/modified schedule can be offered for Day 1 of training, and participants will then attend the remaining dates/times of the offering as listed in the Full Course schedule. Contact the instructor for info on this option, AngelaReeve@optonline.net).

WATERFRONT SKILLS MODULE (only)

This skills module can be added onto any CURRENT Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. A copy of current certification must be supplied to the instructor before attending the session. Pre-requisite swim skill requirements are the same as those listed for the Full Course Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills (outlined above). Completing the module does not extend the current Lifeguarding/FA/CPR/AED certification and the Waterfront Skills Module certification expires when the current LG certification expires. Participants must supply their own search mask and fins (goggles do not suffice).

The purpose of the Waterfront Skills Module is to teach currently certified lifeguards the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

  • WFSM Course A: June 5 (Fri.) – 8am – 2pm
  • WFSM Course B: June 19 (Fri.) – 8am – 2pm

Registration Fee = $150

Includes access to digital textbook and Red Cross certification fee. Participants must bring their own CPR breathing barrier (else one can be purchased for $15 on day of training). Participants must supply their own search mask and fins (goggles do not suffice).

WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR – WSI

This course trains candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress.

The courses and presentations include Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, three adult courses as well as the Basic Water Rescue course and the Personal Water Safety course. To enroll, instructor candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the training and successfully complete the pre-course session which includes demonstration of swimming skills at Learn-to-Swim Level 4.

This course is offered in a blended learning format and candidates will have an online lessons to complete before attending each of the in-person skill sessions listed below. Candidates can expect to spend approximately 20 hours outside of the class devoted to reading, preparing written lesson plans, and completing the online component. While hard copy materials will be supplied for use in class, candidates are encouraged to access the free digital versions of the required textbooks well in advance so they can start their reading and preparations. Email the WSI Trainer AngelaReeve@optonline.net at least one week prior to the first day of class (if not sooner) to request the pre-course materials and arrange for a time to come in and complete the pre-requisite swim skills evaluation.

WSI Course A:

  • April 25 (Sat.) – 10am – 6pm
  • May 2 (Sat.) – 10am – 6pm
  • May 9 (Sat.) – 10am – 6pm

WSI Course B:

  • May 27 (Wed.) – 4:30pm – 10pm
  • June 3 (Wed.) – 4:30pm – 10pm
  • June 10 (Wed.) – 4:30pm – 10pm
  • June 17 (Wed.) – 4:30pm – 10pm

Registration Fee = $525 paid to the YMCA of Greenwich plus a separate $38 certificate fee paid directly to the Red Cross when enrolling in the online portion of the training course.

Registration fee includes hard copy set of required textbooks — Swimming and Water Safety, and the Water Safety Instructor Manual.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

(Offered in a blended learning format) – This course helps to fulfill Coaches Safety Education requirements for USA Swimming with a 2 year certification. Course offers up-to-date content on safe sport policies, emergency planning and first aid, including: maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers, preventing accidents and emergencies, responding to ill or injured swimmers in water or on land. Participants first complete the “Safety Training for Swim Coaches – Online Content Only” (which is listed on www.redcross.org/TakeAClass ) and then attend an in-person skill session to practice and demonstrate competency with the required in-water skills.

The Safety Training for Swim Coaches does not cover first aid, CPR/AED. Contact the instructor to learn more or to request an in-water skills session.

Registration fee for in-person skill session = $75

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

To train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. This training satisfies NY State Department of Health requirements for lifeguards. Full course is offered in a blended learning format, and participants must register at least 48 hours in advance to complete the ONLINE portion prior to attending the 4 hour skill session. (Email instructor AngelaReeve@optonline.net to obtain the link for the ONLINE portion of the course.)

CPR/Pro Full Course A: April 27 (Mon.) – 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Registration Fee (Full Course) = $120

CPR/AED Pro (Review Course)

Must hold a current CPR/Pro certification to be eligible to participate. Supply a copy of current cert at time of registration. Those lifeguarding in New York State must renew their CPR/Pro every year regardless of the expiration date printed on your Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate. The Review course is delivered in a “in-classroom” format. Participants must bring their CPR pocket mask, else one can be purchased at the training for $15.

  • CPR/Pro Review Course A: May 18 (Mon.) – 6pm – 9pm
  • CPR/Pro Review Course B: June 9 (Tue.) – 4pm – 7pm

Registration Fee (Review Course) = $90

Adult & Pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED

This course incorporates the latest science and teaches participants to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age. Successful participants receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

  • FA/CPR/AED Course A: February 14 (Fri.) – 9:30am – 2:30pm
  • FA/CPR/AED Course B: March 2 (Mon.) – 5pm – 10pm
  • FA/CPR/AED Course C: April 17 (Fri.) – 5pm – 10pm
  • FA/CPR/AED Course D: June 15 (Fri.) – 4pm – 9pm

Registration fee = $150

Adult and Pediatric CPR / AED

This course incorporates the latest science and teaches participants how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age.Successful participants receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED valid for two years.

  • CPR/AED Course A : February 14 (Fri.) – 9:30am – 1pm
  • CPR/AED Course B : March 2 (Mon.) – 5pm – 8:30pm
  • CPR/AED Course C : March 28 (Sat.) – 8:30am – 12pm
  • CPR/AED Course D : April 17 (Fri.) – 5pm – 8:30pm
  • CPR/AED Course E : June 15 (Mon.)- 4pm – 7:30pm

Registration fee = $100

Connecticut Childcare

To prepare individuals who work with children to prevent injuries, administer emergency care, recognize childhood communicable diseases, and identify safe action at the onset of illness. The training includes infant and child CPR/AED. The Connecticut Childcare course is specifically designed to meet the specific training requirements mandated by the State’s day care licensing agency. This training is also appropriate for Nannies, Au Pairs, and older teens, adults and retirees who care for children.

CTCC Course A: June 22 (Mon.) – 3pm – 10pm

Registration Fee = $165

Interested in holding a training session for your staff of 4 or more participants? Contact us to inquire about date availability.

Babysitter’s Training

This training provides youth who are planning to babysit the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. The recommended age for this training is 11-15 years old. Bring bagged lunch/dinner.

  • BST Course A: March 14 (Sat.) 9am – 12:30pm AND March 21 (Sat.) 9am – 12:30pm
  • BST Course B: April 17 (Fri.) 9am – 4pm

Registration Fee = $90

Interested in holding a training session for your group of 6 or more participants? Contact us to inquire about date availability. Scouts note that this training satisfies merit badge requirements.


Questions? We’d love to help.

To register for any of the YMCA’s Red Cross training courses, please contact the Member Services Team at 203.869.1630 or visit the YMCA during regular business hours.

You can also visit our website to register by visiting www.greenwichymca.org and selecting Register Online.

For additional information on course content, or to request a training for your work, school or family and friend groups, please contact Lauren Chiappetta at swimschool@gwymca.org