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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course with Waterfront Module

Ever wanted to learn how to save a life? With our American Red Cross lifeguard certification course, you can do just that. Participants will learn lifeguarding skills with waterfront module, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills. Upon successful course completion, participants will be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Waterfront Module, American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Lifeguard, and American Red Cross Basic First Aid. We offer a blended format also!

This program is offered through our Pittsfield and Northern Berkshire Branches.

Who can register?

  • Must be at least 15 years old by end of class
  • Must attend & pass Free Pre-Course Swim Test. After passing the free test, participants will receive a registration form and can register for the class at the Y.
  • Class participants will receive a CPR resuscitation mask and whistle.
  • Lifeguard opportunities at the Y’s Pittsfield & Northern Berkshire Branches, BCC, Berkshire Hills, Windsor Lake
  • FEE: $200 Certification | $100 Recertification
  • Note: Possible partial reimbursement of certification fee if hired and employed by YMCA for 6 months minimum

We offer Lifeguard Certification during Winter and Spring.


Pittsfield Branch

Contact: Brandon Rousseau,

Session Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 18 - Friday, February 21, 2020* from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • *Pre-Test Required: February 12, 2020 at 3:00pm - After this date must be scheduled with Brandon Rousseau

Northern Berkshire Branch

Contact: Beth Shustack,

Session Dates:

  • Recertification: Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 22 - Saturday, April 24* from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • *Pre-Test Required: Contact Beth Shustack to schedule a time
  • Friday, June 12 - 14, 2020: June 12 class runs 4-8:30 PM & June 13-14 class runs 8:00 AM -4:30
    • *Pre-Test Required: Contact Beth Shustack to schedule a time