YMCA offering lifeguard certification


Staff Reports

TROY — The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in jobs throughout the school year.

“Before everyone’s schedules become hectic with holiday plans we try to offer one more class to those looking to become lifeguards,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “We tend to hire those we certify.”

The YMCA lifeguard certification course will begin Nov. 11 and run on Firdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Nov. 20. Those interested in the course must register by no later than Nov. 4 for the course. In addition to a lifeguard certification, candidates also obtain certification in basic first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and emergency oxygen administration.

“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 and co-instructor for the September class. “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. The class itself will be held at the Robinson branch and will be from 5-10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2-8 p.m. on Sundays. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at 440-9622 or [email protected]

“While most candidates for training are high school aged kids, adults are welcome to take the class too,” Lander said. “Our adult lifeguards find it’s a great way to pass the time and earn a little income while their kids are in school. And if you love to swim already there’s nothing stopping you from giving the certification a try!”

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