Lifeguard Certification


YGUARD is a rigorous 40 hour class for ages 16 and up.

During this class, participants will learn life-saving rescue skills for an aquatic environment. Once a participant passes the class, and passes the skills and written test, they will be certified as a YMCA Lifeguard for 2 years and can lifeguard at any YMCA and most other facilities (certification requirements may vary at each location).

At the end of class, you will receive certifications for:
YMCA Lifeguard - valid for 2 years
CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED - valid for 1 year
First Aid - valid for 2 years
Oxygen Administration - valid for 2 years

Class registration also includes fanny pack, CPR mask and whistle with lanyard.

If you drop out, miss class, or cannot pass the written exams or in-water skills for any reason, your money will not be refunded.


All participants must complete the Physical Competency Swim prior to registering for the class. This test can be completed by scheduling an appointment with the branch aquatics director. Click here to view Physical Competency Swim requirements.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older to attend class. All participants will be required to complete 8 hours of online training prior to the course.

You must attend all classes, receive 80% or better on all written exams, successfully perform all practical skills, successfully demonstrate strength and maturity to be a YMCA lifeguard to prevent accidents and also respond to emergencies through classroom and pool scenarios.

Additional Information: Bring a swimsuit, towel, pen, paper and any food you wish to eat during training.



Bryan Family YMCA: Clay Dorman, 336.478.9622
Eden YMCA: Chris Carter336.623.8496
Hayes-Taylor YMCA: Renee Hicks, 336.272.2131
Ragsdale YMCA: Justine Intiso, 336.882.9622
Reidsville YMCA: Cassy Velarde, 336.342.3307
Spears YMCA: Laura Brown, 336.387.9625



Branch Dates Cost Registration Information 
Bryan YMCA

Offered at the Bryan YMCA
Friday, July 10th - 9am to 5pm
Saturday, July 11th - 9am to 5pm
Sunday, July 12th - 10am to 4pm

$200 including fanny pack, CPR mask and a whistle.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.

Contact Clay Dorman via email or phone at 336.478.9634.


Offered at the Reidsville YMCA. Wednesday, March 11th - Friday, March 13th, 11am-5pm

Offered at the Reidsville YMCA.

$250 for YMCA Members
$275 for Reidsville City Residents
$300 for Non-Reidsville City Residents

Offered at the Reidsville YMCA. Email Cassy or call (336) 342-3307 to register.

Hayes-Taylor YMCA Contact branch for details.

Contact branch for details.

Contact branch for details.
Ragsdale YMCA

March Program:
Friday, March 20th, 5-9 pm
Saturday, March 21st, 1-6 pm
Monday, March 23rd, 5-9 pm
Tuesday, March 24th, 5-9 pm
Wednesday, March 25th, 5-9 pm
Thursday, March 26th, 5-9 pm
Friday, March 27th, 5-9 pm

April Program:
Thursday, April 23rd, 5-9 pm
Friday, April 24th, 5-9 pm
Monday, April 27th, 5-9 pm
Tuesday, April 28th, 5-9 pm
Wednesday, April 29th, 5-9 pm
Thursday, April 30th, 5-9 pm
Saturday, May 2nd, 1-6 pm

$100 special

There is a 6-person maximum per class.

Email Justine to register.

Reidsville YMCA Wednesday, March 11th - Friday, March 13th, 11am-5pm

$250 for YMCA Members
$275 for Reidsville City Residents
$300 for Non-Reidsville City Residents

Email Cassy or call (336) 342-3307 to register.

Spears YMCA To be announced at a later date.

$250 for Members
$300 for Potential Members

There must be a minimum of 4 participants for us to offer the class. The max is 10 participants.