Training & Certifications


Our Y strengthens the fiber of our community through trainings that include CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard, Water Safety that improve the health, safety and well-being of others. Trainings also help participants find employment. For more information or to register for upcoming trainings, please refer to the information below. Available trainings will be listed upon availability. 



The Y offers valuable trainings for those 15 years and older to develop skills that help to open doors to employment opportunities and that enable respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, and thus make a difference in the community.



The YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. The two-hour training is designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety and prevention is every adult’s responsibility.

• 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
• In 90% of cases, the child knows and trusts the abuser.
• 1 in 5 children are sexually assaulted while on the Internet.
• Survivors of child sexual abuse have a higher likelihood of psychological disorders, excessive drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and violence.

With your help, we strive to decrease these statistics and create a safer community for all, especially our children. Please sign up for a training today. 



Join us at the Summit YMCA and get certified by the American Red Cross to be a lifeguard! Learn the skills and knowledge to perform water rescues. Participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED. Course curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in the water and on land and two final written exams.

All lifeguarding courses follow the course requirements of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program. Both lifeguard certification courses and recertification courses are blended learning courses (i.e., approximately 7.5 hours of online coursework PLUS approximately 25 hours of scheduled, mandatory in-person class time for lifeguarding; 12 hours for recertification). All blended course work must be completed prior to the first class session. Failure to complete the blended material will result in dismissal from the class. Participants must pass a swimming pre-test before taking the course (see below for more information). Course curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in the water and on land and two final written exams. Attendance is required at all classes. Participants who successfully complete the course receive a certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the Professional Rescuer that is valid for 2 years.


• Be at least 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course,
• Attend all class sessions,
• Complete the required online coursework: ARC: Lifeguarding Certification and Recertification Online Course Work Link and...
• Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills in the pre-test:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously (any combination of front crawl and breaststroke). Swim goggles may be used.

2. Retrieve a weighted 10 lb brick from a minimum depth of 7 ft of water and then swim 20 yards on back while holding the weight out of the water. This must be accomplished in 1 minute and 30 seconds. Swim goggles may not be worn.

3. Tread water for 2 minutes using ONLY the legs.


Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-test you will then be invited to register for the lifeguard certification class.


1. ALL blended work (7 ½ hours of online material) must be completed prior to the first class meeting. Participants will have to show printed copy of successful completion certificate in order to continue in the course). This applies to BOTH Certification and Recertification courses. Participants CANNOT continue in the course without presenting the instructor with a successful completion certificate from the American Red Cross.

2. If you should have ANY ISSUE WITH THE ONLINE COURSE WORK PLEASE CONTACT AMERICAN RED CROSS CUSTOMER SERVICE directly. The Summit Area YMCA is not responsible for handling technical issues associated with the American Red Cross website or coursework.

3. Participants MUST successfully demonstrate all pre-test requirements consecutively prior to being admitted to the course. It is highly recommended that candidates practice the pre-test requirements prior to the first class session.

4. Bring several towels, 2 bathing suits (if possible), and snacks to each class meeting. It is highly recommended that female participants wear one piece, competitive style bathing suits.


Please bring the following materials to the first class:

• Completion certificate from blended learning course.
• Original Lifeguard Certification Card (Class MUST be completed within one month of the expiration date listed on your card. For example if your certification expires January 21st, entire recertification course must be taken and completed prior to February 21st. Failure to do so will result in having to complete a full 25 hour certification course) - This is Red Cross policy.
• Pocket Mask (must be properly inflated and not defective. Masks will be available for purchase for $20 on the first day of the class if one is forgotten or defective).


Register for Lifeguard TrainingRegister Online



The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. To participate in the Water Safety Instructor course, individuals must:

• Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4

• Front crawl—25 yards
• Back crawl—25 yards
• Breaststroke—25 yards
• Elementary backstroke—25 yards
• Sidestroke—25 yards
• Butterfly—15 yards

2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)

3. Tread water for 1 minute

To be certified as a Water Safety instructor, instructor candidates must Successfully complete the pre-course session.

• Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Swimming and Water Safety Program, which includes an orientation to the American Red Cross. Proof of completion must be presented before the candidate is allowed to participate in class.
• Attend and successfully participate in all course lessons, including the online content
• Successfully complete the required number of practice-teaching assignments
• Score at least 80 percent (correctly answer 40 of 50 questions) on the final instructor course written exam



We believe firmly in reducing the stigma associated with Mental Health. In collaboration with other local organizations, the Y has taken a leadership position to offer ongoing, sustained education to the community in hopes of reducing the stigma of mental health, building awareness, and connecting people to appropriate mental health care providers.

MHFA is an evidence-based, public education program certification course that helps participants recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The interactive, 8-hour course (over 2 days) gives participants an overview of mental illness and teaches them about the risk factors of common mental illnesses in adults including depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, and substance abuse disorder. 

Training & Certifications