GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

NOTICE - FACE MASKS REQUIRED INSIDE OUR Ys

Face masks (covering nose and mouth) are required while inside our 10 branches and 3 YMCA Farha Sport Centers with few exceptions. Read our full policy for details. Thank you for your cooperation. 

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

The YMCA of the USA is a nationally-recognized leader in water enjoyment. To achieve Y certification, lifeguards must be leaders in their mindset and approach to this very important job.

The Greater Wichita YMCA is a local leader in lifeguard training - certifying hundreds of lifeguards annually. While YMCA/ASHI certification is portable to other aquatic centers, pre-hire Y guards are given preference for enrollment in our certification courses.

RESUMED FOR 2020 UPCOMING LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSES

While meeting days, class lengths, and course duration varies, we currently offer:

GET STARTED WITH Y LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

Please review all requirements and expectations, costs, and considerations for our lifeguard certification program then request pre-approval for course enrollment. To do so:

  • APPLY ONLINE for a lifeguard position (even if not wanting to work with us)
  • Contact LORI SPENCER our Director of Training and Compliance by EMAIL or call 316.776.8821
  • Speak with the AQUATICS STAFF or BRANCH DIRECTOR at any Greater Wichita YMCA branch location 
YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To enroll and participate in Greater Wichita YMCA Lifeguard Certification training you must:

  • Be 16-years-of-age (or older) by course completion (parent/guardian consent required for 16- and 17-year-old lifeguards)
  • Receive pre-approval to enroll from our staff and be available for all class dates.
  • Pay the entire enrollment fee (see pricing clarification below)
  • Provide a valid, photo I.D. (with full name and date-of-birth)
  • Be ready to meet physical competency requirements
    • TREAD WATER  2 Minutes, legs only
    • SWIM 100 YARDS Front Crawl 50 YARDS (EACH) Front Crawl with Head Up, Sidestroke, Breaststroke, Breaststroke with Head Up, Elementary Backstroke Kick, Hands on Chest
    • SURFACE DIVE Feet-first to 8-10' depth, swim 15 ft. underwater
    • RUN, DIVE, RETRIEVE, RECESS 60 ft. sprint, arm-over-arm surface dive, retrieve object from pool bottom (8'+ down), surface, tread water (legs only) for 1 min., return item, resurface, swim to pool's far edge, side exit pool, perform chest compression on adult manikin 
YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To receive YMCA Lifeguard Certification (consistent with American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) qualifications) you must:

  • Successfully complete in-pool Physical Competency Requirements (first class, arrive swim-ready)
  • Participate in all 38 course hours (28-30 hours in-person (always arrive swim-ready) and 8-10 hours eLearning)
  • Pass all practical skills checks, swim tests, and other course competency checks without aid
  • Complete Basic Life Saving (BLS) including AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications
  • Score 80%+ on the final, written exam
COURSE COSTS AND CONSIDERATIONS
  • PRE-APPROVAL Due to limited course spots pre-approval is required
  • COST $175 for YMCA Pre-Hire Guards*, $250 for Community Guards,
  • ENROLLMENT FEE Registration cannot be completed without full payment

* Certification Courses are open to all lifeguards but preference for enrollment is given to our pre-hire guards. Want to work with us? See below.

CURRENT CERTIFICATION SCHEDULES

The following are the current, scheduled certification classes and are subject to change.

NEW! CERT. CLASS 20 - FRI. 7/3/20 - FRI. 7/10/20 (Robert D. Love DOWNTOWN YMCA)

LEAD INSTRUCTOR Warren B.

Specific certification class dates and times:

  • Friday, 7/3 (12-3PM)
  • Tuesday, 7/7 (8:30AM-5:30PM)
  • Wednesday, 7/8 (8:30AM-5:30PM)
  • Thursday, 7/9 (8:30AM-5:30PM)
  • Friday, 7/10 (8:30AM-5:30PM)

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 19 - CLOSED

LEAD INSTRUCTOR Rachel S.

Specific certification class dates and times:

  • Friday, 6/12 (12-3PM)
  • Monday, 6/15 (9AM-5PM)
  • Tuesday, 6/16 (9AM-5PM)
  • Wednesday, 6/17 (9AM-5PM)
  • Thursday, 6/18 (9AM-5PM)

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 18 - CLOSED

LEAD INSTRUCTOR TBD

Specific certification class dates and times:

  • Friday, 6/12 (12-3PM)
  • Tuesday, 6/16 (9AM-5PM)
  • Wednesday, 6/17 (9AM-5PM)
  • Thursday, 6/18 (9AM-5PM)
  • Friday, 6/19 (9AM-5PM)

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

 

 

    OUR LIFEGUARD POSITIONS

    Y LIFEGUARD NEEDS

    • We need lifeguards year-round at branch locations with aquatics centers
    • Seasonal, summer needs grow to include our INDOOR POOLS and OUTDOOR WATER PARKS
    • No prior experience is required for pre-hire and certification, advanced career roles available
    • Work at our branches in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, and Wichita or Camp Hyde in Viola, Kansas

    Y LIFEGUARD BENEFITS

    • COMPETITIVE PAY Our hourly, lifeguard wages also include free YMCA membership privileges
    • FLEXIBLE HOURS Part-time, shift work, and shifts at multiple Greater Wichita YMCA locations available
    • FUTURE WORK Guards who maintain good standing can return for future shifts at any of our locations
    • GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Start and continue your lifeguard career with us including leadership roles
    • 100% REIMBURSEMENT We refund your YMCA Certification Courses (above) after 350 hours of lifeguard service

    Ready to come work with us? Search for open and upcoming/seasonal lifeguard positions.

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    The Greater Wichita YMCA offers lifeguard certification and countless options to support healthy spirit, mind, and body including:

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