Lifeguard Certification Courses

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required  final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass both the Section 1: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Session 2: Lifeguarding Skills written exam with a minimum of 80%

Certifications Received:  Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED: 2 years

Items to Bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles (optional as you can only use them for the 300 yard swim)
  • Laptop for the electronic copy of the lifeguard book
  • Water bottle
  • Positive Attitude!


  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating rhythmic breathing
  • Within 1 minute, 40 seconds:  swim 20 yards, feet first surface dive 7-10 ft and retrieve a 10-pound object, swim 20 yards back to the starting point and exit the pool without using the ladder/steps
  • Tread water for 2 minutes only using legs

FULL Class Offerings Available:

Davenport YMCA Classes
Class 1
September 9,10,16 & 17

Class 2
October 14,15,21 & 22
North YMCA Classes
August 21-26
M-F 4PM-8PM and Sat 8AM-2PM
Bettendorf YMCA Classes
December 26-30
T-F 5PM to 9PM  and Sat 9AM– 5PM



YMCA Members           $170
Community                 $190


If you just need to re-certify and your lifeguard certification
please contact your Welcome Center to discuss our on-going opportunities

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