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Our lifeguards ensure that our pools are a safe environment for everyone in and around the water. Current Lifeguard certification is preferred. Must be ages 16+.

Click here to apply online. Questions about applying? Contact your local Aquatics Director. Find a location here.


Classes are offered at different YMCA branches throughout St. Louis and Southwest Illinois. Courses are designed to provide the participant with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in Basic Life Support, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration. The course presents information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf and water park environments. The comprehensive course offers up to date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. Course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environment, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.​ 


YMCA Lifeguard V6
YMCA Lifeguard Recertification V6


1. Go to:
2. Create a new account (must be the participant who will be taking the course)
3. Go to Learning & Career Development Center (LCDC)
4. Search for YMCA Lifeguard v6 or YMCA Lifeguard Recertification v6 (depending on which class you are wanting to enroll yourself in)

*Registration closes 5 days prior to the class start date. Online assignments are required and must be completed prior to attending a class. Please note there is a minimum of 14 hours of online pre-assignments.