YMCA offering lifeguard certification course

MIAMI COUNTY — While summer is coming to an end, the Miami County YMCAs are looking ahead to certifying individuals looking for jobs throughout the school year.

“Some people simply are not old enough before summer begins to be certified as lifeguards,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “It’s why we offer this class on the weekends right after school begins to catch those still interested in certification. And it can be a great hiring tool for our facilities.”

The YMCA lifeguard certification course will begin Sept. 10 and run on Saturdays through Oct. 15. Those interested in the course must register by no later than September 3 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 Piqua branch and will be from 2-7 p.m. each class day. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Donn Shade at 773-9622 or d.shade@miamicountyymca.net.

“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.”