YMCA Offering Lifeguard Certification Courses in October
Registration deadlines are September 29 and October 30
MIAMI COUNTY – The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in year-round employment.
“Many of the summer lifeguards returned to colleges so facilities are looking to bring in new lifeguards,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “This transition happens every year, but with many places not teaching classes this summer, facilities are still short-staffed heading into this year. Starting now to build the supply of lifeguards in the community helps our outdoor pools in the summer as well.”
The course in October will run for three weeks Tuesday-Thursday evenings from 4:30-9:30 p.m. and will be taught by Carrie Slater, Troy Aquatic Park Manager. The class will start on October 6. Registration deadline for this course is September 29. The next course will run the first two weekends in November beginning November 6-8 and 13-15. Times will vary by day of the week. Fridays will be 4:30-9:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays 2-6 p.m. Registration deadline for that class will be October 30.
“The week prior deadline is to give the students time to complete all the online work for the course that is required,” said Donn Shade, aquatic director at the Piqua branch. “It’s a lot of online work about the basics of lifeguarding and preliminary introductions to the other three certifications. We find candidates do best with the week prior deadline for registration to get [all the online work] completed by the first day of class.”
Those interested in the course can register at either Miami County YMCA branch during normal business hours. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at (937) 440-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are doing extra sanitation for classes and asking participants to wear facial coverings for the classroom instruction portions of the course,” said Lander. “For safety reasons, we are not requiring participants to wear facial coverings in the water. We hope to get a few more lifeguards to keep staffing levels up at our own pools as well as those throughout the county area.”