Hamilton Area YMCA

Certifications

Whether your interest is personal or professional, the Hamilton Area YMCA has a safety course to meet your needs! We offer both certification and non-certification courses through the YMCA, American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

For more information, contact certifications@hamiltonymca.org.

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Lifeguarding

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. To enter the course, participants must meet the minimum age requirements and pass a prerequisite swim test (details listed below).

Our courses give you more!

The Hamilton Area YMCA offers additional certifications within our lifeguarding courses to help develop a thorough understanding of all areas. You will notice the word “bundle": these courses have extra time included to cover additional topics (see each offering for details). You may opt-out of the additional course time by speaking with the instructor; however, the fee structure will not change.

Certificate(s) issued:

  • Lifeguarding (up to 6 ft)/First Aid/CPR/AED (2 years)
  • Optional certificates (see offerings for details)

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age: at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length:

  • Approximately 7 hours online.
  • Approximately 24 hours in-person.
  • Approximately 4 hours allotted for optional additional certifications.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $20
  • Facility Member: $260
  • Program/Non-Member: $290

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Participants must attend all class dates listed.
  • Participants must show official proof of age to the instructor on the first day of the course.

Lifeguarding (up to 6 feet)

This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. To enter the course, participants must meet the minimum age requirements and pass a prerequisite swim test (details listed below).

Off-season Value!

The Hamilton Area YMCA offers this course at a reduced rate during the off-season months. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a lifeguarding certification valid for water depths up to 6 feet. To upgrade their certification for all water depths, participants will also have the option to participate in a half-day deep water skills session during the spring/summer months for a small fee. Please contact certifications@hamiltonymca.org for more details.

Certificate(s) issued:

  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding (up to 6 ft)/First Aid/CPR/AED (2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age: at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 6 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length:

  • Approximately 7 hours online.
  • Approximately 24 hours in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $20
  • Facility Member: $240
  • Program/Non-Member: $270

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Participants must attend all class dates listed.
  • Participants must show official proof of age to the instructor on the first day of the course.

Lifeguarding Review

This course is best suited for those with a current lifeguarding certification who simply need to re-certify. This course is available for individuals whose certification is still valid, or within 30 days of expiring. Candidates who have allowed their current certifications to expire past the 30-day grace period must take the full lifeguarding course.

Our courses give you more!

The Hamilton Area YMCA offers additional certifications within our lifeguarding courses to help develop a thorough understanding of all areas. You will notice the word “bundle”: these courses have extra time included in the course to cover additional topics (see each offering for details). You may opt-out of the additional course time by speaking with the instructor; however, the fee structure will not change.

Certificate(s) issued:

  • Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (2 years)
  • Optional certificates (see offerings for details)

Prerequisites:

  • Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED that is not expired more than 30 days.
  • 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length:

  • Approximately 10 hours in-person.
  • Approximately 4 hours allotted for optional additional certifications.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $20
  • Facility Member: $80
  • Program/Non-Member: $100

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants for the course to be held due to skill practice.
  • Participants must show their current lifeguarding certification to the instructor on the first day of the course.

Lifeguarding Review (up to 6 feet)

This course is best suited for those with a current lifeguarding certification who simply need to re-certify. This course is available for individuals whose certification is still valid, or within 30 days of expiring. Candidates who have allowed their current certifications to expire past the 30-day grace period must take the full lifeguarding course.

Off-season Value!

The Hamilton Area YMCA offers this course at a reduced rate during the off-season months. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a lifeguarding certification valid for water depths up to 6 feet. To upgrade their certification for all water depths, participants will also have the option to participate in a half-day deep water skills session during the spring/summer months for a small fee. Please contact certifications@hamiltonymca.org for more details.

Certificate(s) issued:

  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding (up to 6 ft)/First Aid/CPR/AED (2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED that is not expired more than 30 days.
  • 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 6 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length:

  • Approximately 10 hours in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $20
  • Facility Member: $60
  • Program/Non-Member: $80

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants for the course to be held due to skill practice.
  • Participants must show their current lifeguarding certification to the instructor on the first day of the course.

Administering Emergency Oxygen

This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs), and emergency oxygen.

Certificate(s) Issued:

  • Administering Emergency Oxygen (2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • Candidates must possess a current American Red Cross Adult, Child or Infant CPR or equivalent

Length:

  • Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Facility Member: $30
  • Program/Non-Member: $40

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Participants must show their current CPR certification to the instructor on the first day of the course.

Workplace First Aid/CPR/AED

The American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED program helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.

Blended Learning: You will notice the word "Blended". These courses are a combination of First Aid, CPR, and AED. Once registered, you will receive online pre-work to complete prior to the class. You must complete this work and bring the completion certificate to your class.

Prerequisites: None

Length:

  • Approximately 3 hours online.
  • Approximately 3 hours in-person.

Fees:

  • Health Care Students: $55*
  • Facility Member: $65
  • Program/Non-Member: $85

*Students must show a current class schedule and student ID upon registration. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to: EMT, nursing, pre-med/M.D., physical therapy, radiology, occupational therapy, psychology, dentistry, optometry, etc.

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Upon registration, the Member Services representative and/or the Certification Team will issue a deep web link to access the American Red Cross eLearning Center.

Asthma Inhaler/Anaphylaxis And Epinephrine Auto-Injector

This course teaches participants how to recognize and respond to an anaphylaxis emergency, including administering an epinephrine auto-injector based on the widely available EpiPen®. Asthma inhaler training is also bundled with this training.

Certificate(s) Issued:

  • Asthma Inhaler Training (2 years)
  • Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training (2 years)

Prerequisites: None

Length:

  • Approximately 1.5 hours in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Facility Member: $30
  • Program/Non-Member: $40

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.

Basic Life Support with First Aid

The American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to assess, recognize and care for patients who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, airway obstruction or opioid overdose. When a patient experiences a life-threatening emergency, healthcare providers need to act swiftly and promptly. The course emphasizes providing high-quality care and integrating psychomotor skills with critical thinking and problem solving to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Blended Learning: You will notice the word "Blended". Once registered, you will receive online pre-work to complete prior to the class. You must complete this work and bring the completion certificate to your class.

Prerequisites: None

Length:

  • Approximately 2 hours online.
  • Approximately 2.5 hours in-person.

Fees:

  • Health Care Students: $55*
  • Facility Member: $65
  • Program/Non-Member: $85

*Students must show a current class schedule and student ID upon registration. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to: EMT, nursing, pre-med/M.D., physical therapy, radiology, occupational therapy, psychology, dentistry, optometry, etc.

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Upon registration, the Member Services representative and/or the Certification Team will issue a deep web link to access the American Red Cross eLearning Center.

Bloodborne Pathogens

This course teaches participants how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what to do if exposed to infectious material. This course helps to meet requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. After taking this course, participants should talk with their employer about their workplace’s specific policies and procedures.

Certificate(s) Issued:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training (1 year)

Prerequisites: None

Length:

  • Approximately 1 hour in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Facility Member: $25
  • Program/Non-Member: $35

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.

Lifeguarding Instructor

This course trains lifeguarding instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, and Bloodborne Pathogens Training (note: to teach Waterfront Skills, Lifeguarding instructors must possess a basic-level Waterfront Skills certificate).

Certificate(s) issued:

  • Lifeguarding Instructor (2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age: 17 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Successfully complete the online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course prior to the pre-course skills session via the class roster and online content completion status report.
  • Obtain all instructor and participant materials before entering the first session of the instructor course.

Length:

  • Approximately 2 hours online.
  • Approximately 26 hours in-person (including breaks).

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $40
  • Facility Member: $270
  • Program/Non-Member: $290

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Upon registration, the instructor will issue a deep web link to access the American Red Cross eLearning Center.

Waterpark Skills Module

This course teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in aquatic facilities with waterpark features.

Certificate(s) Issued:

  • Waterpark Skills: Valid only with Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (2 years)

Prerequisites:

  • Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding (up to 5 feet)/Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • 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. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Length:

  • Approximately 4 hours in-person.

Fees (non-refundable):

  • Prerequisite Test (course deposit): $20
  • Facility Member: $45
  • Program/Non-Member: $65

To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Registration may be completed in-person or over the phone.
  • Courses must have a minimum of 6 participants to run.
  • Participants must show their current lifeguarding certification to the instructor on the first day of the course.