Hamilton Area YMCA


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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American Red Cross Lifeguarding (ages 15+)

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

  • Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training.

  • This course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water.

  • With lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

  • Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests.

  • The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide.

  • Prerequisites for lifeguard training include:

    • Students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class

    • Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test

Options for Certification
Lifeguarding Full Course
This option is for those training for the first time or for those whose certifications have expired. This course is available in traditional, in-person course format (25 hours, 20 minutes) or a Blended Learning course format (19.5 hours in person, 7.5 hours online). The pre-requisites for this course include being 15 years of age and having passed the pre-course swimming skills test.

Lifeguarding Review Course
This course is best suited for those with current lifeguarding certification who simply need to renew. This course is available in traditional, in-person format only (9 hours, 40 minutes). This course is available for individuals whose certification is still valid (or within 30 days of expiring) while allowing you to continue to work without a lapse in verification.

Our courses give you more!
The Hamilton YMCA offers additional certification topics within our Lifeguard courses to help develop a thorough understanding of all areas. You will notice extra time included in the course to cover the following areas (and also allow extra in person practice time). You can opt out of the additional course time, by speaking with the instructor, however fee structure will not change.

  • Administering Emergency Oxygen

  • Epi-pen Injector

  • Asthma Inhaler

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

See our full listing of certification offerings in the "Downloads" box in the upper right-hand side of the page.

American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen

There are no current offerings for this course. Please continue to check back for updates.


CPR/AED/First Aid

CPR/AED Courses
Get CPR/AED certified – and learn how to help when it's needed most. With American Red Cross courses, we train people how to respond to and prepare for emergencies, The Hamilton Area YMCA offers CPR/AED certification classes that can help you save a life when every moment counts.

You may not realize it, but the response time for first responders after 911 is called averages 8 - 12 minutes, and during sudden cardiac arrest – each minute that defibrillation is delayed reduces someone's chances of survival by approximately 10%. This is why, we support the position that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. In fact, we believe that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.

First Aid Courses
American Red Cross first aid training classes give you the information and the skills you need to help adults and children during many emergency situations. Available online, in person, and via our blended training method, which combines online work with hands-on skills sessions, our first aid training delivers the latest information in the format that suits you best.

Designed, and taught, Red Cross first aid certification courses are OSHA compliant, and affordable. Best of all, with the ability to take classes in-person or through our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning, which combines an online component with in-class skills sessions, you can earn your first aid certification in the way that suits you best.

One week after 17 year old Reid Heiser completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreations center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story. Click here to watch Reid's story.

See our full listing of certification offerings in the "Downloads" box in the upper right-hand side of the page.

Hands-Only CPR

The purpose of the Hands-Only CPR course is to teach untrained bystanders how to perform hands only CPR. There are no prerequisites or minimum age to participate in the Hands-Only CPR course. The course is 30 minutes and there is no certificate for the Hands-Only CPR.

Pre-registration is required. To register:

  • A Hamilton Area YMCA membership is not required for participation in these programs.
  • Certification classes must have a minimum of three participants for the class to be held due to skill practice.
  • Registration must be completed via phone or in person at the Membership Service Desk.

Fee: $0

See our full listing of certification offerings in the "Downloads" box in the upper right-hand side of the page.