American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses

Participants must be age 15 prior to the end of the course. This course will require participants to pass a pre-requisite test (swim 300 yards, 2 minutes of treading water and a timed brick dive with a 25-yard carry). Must attend all sessions.


Y programs are open to Members and Non-Members.

Financial Scholarship is provided to those who qualify.
Applications are available at the Welcome Desk.

Registration Dates
Registration for Lifeguard Certification courses opens 2 months in advance of that program’s start date.
Members: Begins the 10th of the month
Non-Members: Begins the 20th of the month

Lampeter-Strasburg residents receive 10% off Y programs.
Click here to learn how to receive your discount.


City Center YMCA

Sept. 9: 8 am – 5 pm
Sept. 10: 10 am – 5 pm
Sept. 16: 8 am – 5 pm
Sept. 17: 10 am – 4 pm

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Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA

November 11: 1-5 pm
November 12: 10-5 pm
November 13: 4-8 pm
November 15: 4-8 pm
November 17: 4-8 pm
November 18: 1-5 pm

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For questions about Lifeguard Certifications, contact:

City Center Y: Contact Mark Strawbridge at mstrawbridge@lancasterymca.org

Lampeter-Strasburg Y: Alicia Campbell at 717-464-4000, ext. 1243  or acampbell@lancasterymca.org

Additional Information

Participants for the full course must bring proof of age (driver’s license, copy of birth certificate, etc). Failure to pass the prerequisite test will dismiss you from the courses, and you will forfeit the non-refundable fee. Everyone should be prepared to swim and bring a packed supper/snack daily. If you are current and need re-certification, please see information on re-certification courses.

Certification Course Overview of Helpful Information