Lifeguard Training & Certification

Looking for a cool summer job? The YMCA is hiring! 

Complete one of our upcoming lifeguard courses and we'll have a job for you.

Register now!

  • East Communities Y classes: June 6-8
  • North Austin Y classes:         June 6-8
  • Southwest Y classes:            June 9-13; June 23-27; July 7-11; July 21-25; Aug 11-15
  • Springs Y classes:                June 9-11; June 27-29; July 11-13 - all blended learning courses

We hire lifeguards year-round!

Build a skill. Save a life.

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA of Austin Lifeguard program is the place to begin! Through classroom activities, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn the skills you need to work as a lifeguard.

Our comprehensive Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Course will also include CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED, Oxygen Administration and First Aid.

Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be certified in:

  • YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguarding 
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Red Cross Basic First Aid and Oxygen Administration

Training Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least age 15 for ARC certification / 16 for YMCA certification
  • Swim continuously the 300-yd lifeguard medley ARC certification / 500-yd for YMCA
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
  • Feet-first surface dive to 9 feet and return to the surface of the pool
  • Pick up a 10-pound brick off the bottom of the pool and swim 25 yards
  • Swim underwater for a distance of 15 feet

Certification Requirements:

To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:

  • Attend 100% of all class sessions
  • Arrive on time for all class sessions
  • Participate 100% in all class sessions
  • Pass written and skills test
  • Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
  • Candidates unable to perform all the skills necessary to receive certification by the last day of the class will be granted a conditional certification. It is up to the student to schedule a retest with the instructor within 30 days.
  • Certification confirmation documents will be sent to participant 4-6wks post-course completion.

Locations & Contacts

Hays Communities YMCA
Call 512-523-0099 or email

Northwest Family YMCA
Call 512-335-9622 or email  

Southwest Family YMCA
Call 512-891-9622 or email

Springs Family YMCA
Call 512-894-3309 or email

East Communities YMCA
Call 512-933-YMCA

North Austin YMCA
Call 512-973-9622 or email

Town Lake YMCA
Call 512-542-9622

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The YMCA of Austin is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Austin is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 74-1193464, and contributions are tax deductible.

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