GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

OPERATIONS TEMPORARILY HALTED

In response to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the Greater Wichita YMCA has suspended traditional operations including:

  • ALL branches/facilities are CLOSED and ALL Spring sports, programs, and activities are CANCELLED
  • ALL charges and fees have been PAUSED with credits automatically issued and refunds available

Tap the "FAQs and MORE INFO." button to visit our COVID-19 Support page.

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

The YMCA of the USA is a nationally-recognized leader in water enjoyment. The Greater Wichita YMCA hires hundreds of lifeguards annually for our branch locations and camps - with an increased need in the summer. Our lifeguards must be leaders in their mindset and approach to this very important job and they must earn and maintain YMCA lifeguard certification. We also train lifeguards who wish to work at other pools where YMCA/ASHI certification is required. We offer lifeguard certification courses throughout the year but primarily in the first half-of-the-year to ensure summer-readiness at all of our aquatics facilities.

YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To enroll and participate in Greater Wichita YMCA Lifeguard Certification training you must:

  • Receive pre-approval to enroll from our staff and be available for all class dates
  • Pay the entire enrollment fee (see pricing clarification below)
  • Be 16-years-of-age (or older) by course completion (parent/guardian consent required for 16- and 17-year-old lifeguards)
  • Provide a valid, photo I.D. (with full name and date-of-birth)
  • Feel ready to meet physical competency requirements
    • TREAD WATER  2 Minutes, legs only
    • SWIM 100 YARDS Front Crawl 50 YARDS (EACH) Front Crawl with Head Up, Sidestroke, Breaststroke, Breaststroke with Head Up, Elementary Backstroke Kick, Hands on Chest
    • SURFACE DIVE Feet-first to 8-10' depth, swim 15 ft. underwater
    • RUN, DIVE, RETRIEVE, RECESS 60 ft. sprint, arm-over-arm surface dive, retrieve object from pool bottom (8'+ down), surface, tread water (legs only) for 1 min., return item, resurface, swim to pool's far edge, side exit pool, perform chest compression on adult manikin 

YMCA LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To receive YMCA Lifeguard Certification (consistent with American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) qualifications) you must:

  • Successfully complete in-pool Physical Competency Requirements (first class, arrive swim-ready)
  • Participate in all 38 course hours (28-30 hours in-person (always arrive swim-ready) and 8-10 hours eLearning)
  • Pass all practical skills checks, swim tests, and other course competency checks without aid
  • Complete Basic Life Saving (BLS) including AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications
  • Score 80%, or better, on the final, written exam

UPCOMING LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSES

While meeting days, class lengths, and course duration varies, we currently offer:

Dates and times are subject to change. For the most-current list click the "LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE" tile below.

COURSE COSTS AND CONSIDERATIONS

  • PRE-APPROVAL Due to limited course spots pre-approval is required
  • COST $250 for Community Guards, $175 for YMCA Pre-Hire Guards*
  • ENROLLMENT FEE Registration cannot be completed without full payment

* Certification Courses are open to all lifeguards but preference for enrollment is given to our pre-hire guards. Want to work with us? See below.

GET STARTED

For enrollment pre-approval, simply:

  • APPLY ONLINE for a lifeguard position (even if not wanting to work with us)
  • Contact LORI SPENCER (EMAIL or 316.776.8821)
  • Speak with the AQUATICS STAFF or BRANCH DIRECTOR at any Greater Wichita YMCA branch location 

CURRENT CERTIFICATION SCHEDULES

The following are the current, scheduled certification classes and are subject to change.

CERT. CLASS 05 - MARCH 6-16, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific certification class dates and times:

  • Friday, 03/06 6-9PM
  • Friday, 03/13 6-9:30PM
  • Saturday, 03/14 12-7PM
  • Sunday, 03/15 10AM-6PM
  • Monday, 03/16 10AM-6PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 06 - MARCH 8-15, 2020 (NORTHWEST YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Sunday, 03/08 1-4PM
  • Friday, 03/13 5-9PM
  • Saturday, 03/14 8AM-7PM
  • Sunday, 03/15 8AM-7PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 07 - MARCH 8-18, 2020 (ANDOVER YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Sunday, 03/08 2-4PM
  • Monday, 03/16 9AM-6PM
  • Tuesday, 03/17 9AM-6PM
  • Wednesday, 03/18 9AM-6PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 08 - MARCH 19 - APRIL 4, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Thursday, 03/19 6-9PM
  • Friday, 03/27 6-9PM
  • Saturday, 03/28 12-8PM
  • Sunday, 03/29 12-8PM
  • Saturday, 04/04 12-8PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 09 - MARCH 26 - APRIL 5, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Thursday, 03/26 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 04/02 5:30-9PM
  • Friday, 04/03 5:30-9PM
  • Saturday, 04/04 9AM-7PM
  • Sunday, 04/05 9AM-7PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 10 - APRIL 17-26, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 04/17 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 04/23 6-9PM
  • Friday, 04/24 6-9PM
  • Saturday, 04/25 10AM-8PM
  • Sunday, 04/26 9AM-8PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 11 - APRIL 17-26, 2020 (NORTHWEST YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 04/17 6-9PM
  • Friday, 04/24 5-9PM
  • Saturday, 04/25 8AM-7PM
  • Sunday, 04/26 8AM-6PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 12 - MAY 1-10, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday,05/01 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 05/07 5-9PM
  • Friday, 05/08 5-9PM
  • Saturday, 05/09 9AM-7PM
  • Sunday, 05/10 9AM-7PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 13 - MAY 8-17, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 05/08 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 05/14 6-9PM
  • Friday, 05/15 6-9PM
  • Saturday, 05/16 10AM-8PM
  • Sunday, 05/17 9AM-8PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 14 - MAY 13-22, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Wednesday, 05/13 6-9PM
  • Monday, 05/18 4-9PM
  • Tuesday, 05/19 4-9PM
  • Wednesday, 05/20 4-9PM
  • Thursday, 05/21 4-9PM
  • Friday, 05/22 4-9PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 15 - MAY 22-31, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 05/22 6-9PM
  • Friday, 05/29 3:30-9PM
  • Saturday, 05/30 9AM-8PM
  • Sunday, 05/31 9AM-8PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 16 - MAY 29 - JUNE 7, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 05/29 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 06/04 5-9PM
  • Friday, 06/05 5-9PM
  • Saturday, 06/06 10AM-6PM
  • Sunday, 06/07 10AM-4PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

CERT. CLASS 17 - JUNE 5-14, 2020 (DOWNTOWN YMCA)

Specific class dates and times:

  • Friday, 06/05 6-9PM
  • Thursday, 06/11 12-8PM
  • Friday, 06/12 5-9PM
  • Saturday, 06/13 10AM-3PM
  • Sunday, 06/14 10AM-8PM

REMINDER Additional time will be required for online course work.

LIFEGUARD POSITIONS

Y LIFEGUARD NEEDS

  • We need lifeguards year-round at branch locations with aquatics centers
  • Seasonal, summer needs grow to include our INDOOR POOLS and OUTDOOR WATER PARKS
  • No prior experience is required for pre-hire and certification, advanced career roles available
  • Work at our branches in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, and Wichita or Camp Hyde in Viola, Kansas

Y LIFEGUARD BENEFITS

  • COMPETITIVE PAY Our hourly, lifeguard wages also include free YMCA membership privileges
  • FLEXIBLE HOURS Part-time, shift work, and shifts at multiple Greater Wichita YMCA locations available
  • FUTURE WORK Guards who maintain good standing can return for future shifts at any of our locations
  • GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Start and continue your lifeguard career with us including leadership roles
  • 100% REIMBURSEMENT We refund your YMCA Certification Courses (above) after 350 hours of lifeguard service

Ready to come work with us? Search for open and upcoming/seasonal lifeguard positions using the "REVIEW Y LIFEGUARD OPENINGS" tile below.

MAKING HEALTHY CONNECTIONS

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