Red Cross Certification Courses

In person classes will be held at the Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06451. For registration information on lifeguard or CPR classes contact Cathy Lewis at (203) 440-1870 or clewis@meridenymca.org. For questions about the Babysitting class, contact Carrie Marquardt at (203) 440-1925. If any class or program is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund of paid program fees, plus membership fees if taken out solely to participate in the canceled class, will be made by check from the YMCA. Other program, membership, joiner’s and drafting fees are nonrefundable. Masks are required if you are not fully vaccinated. Temperature checks are required upon entry to our facility.

LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

Provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. All participants must pass the pre-test to participate in the course. Classes will be held in September, October, November and December.

Prerequisites:

  • Blended learning lifeguard classes - 9.5 online classroom work and 19.5 hours in person training. Online work must be completed prior to in person training.
  • Minimum age 15 years old
  • Swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously on front
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface and swim 20 yards on back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or ladder.
  • Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for two years.

Registration Information:

  • Fee: $350
  • In person classes will be held at the Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06451
  • Masks are required if you are not fully vaccinated. Temperature checks are required upon entry to our facility.
  • For registration information contact Cathy Lewis at 203.440.1870 or clewis@meridenymca.org.
  • If any class or program is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund of paid program fees, plus membership fees if taken out solely to participate in the canceled class, will be made by check from the YMCA. Other membership, program, joiner’s and drafting fee are nonrefundable.

LIFEGUARD RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE

This abbreviated lifeguarding course briefly reviews course information and allows practice of skills and knowledge before testing. Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certification for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for two years. 

  • Fee: $175
  • For registration information contact Cathy Lewis at 203.440.1870 or clewis@meridenymca.org.
  • Masks and temperature checks are required at our facility.
  • If any class or program is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund of paid program fees, plus membership fees if taken out solely to participate in the canceled class, will be made by check from the YMCA. Other membership, program, joiner’s and drafting fee are nonrefundable.

CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION OR RE-CERTIFICATION

  • CPR and First Aid classes will be held in October and December.
  • Contact Cathy Lewis at (203) 440-1870 or clewis@meridenymca.org

AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTING CLASS

Learn leadership skills, how to diaper and feed infants, how to handle choking emergencies, rescue breathing, basic first aid and lots more. Bring a pen, note book and a bag lunch. Includes Babysitter’s Training Handbook, DVD & Emergency Reference Guide. (For ages 11 - 15 years old.) 

  • September 18th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. New Britain YMCA
  • October 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meriden YMCA
  • November 6th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meriden YMCA
  • Maximum of 10 participants to safely social distance
  • Fee: Full Member $39, Program or Non-Member $69
  • Register online or call 203.235.6386.
  • Please note: Masks and temperature checks are required at our facility.

For more information contact Carrie Marquardt at 203-440-1925 or send an email to cmarquardt@meridenymca.org

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Please note our General Refund Policy: If any class or program is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund of paid program fees, plus membership fees if taken out solely to participate in the canceled class, will be made by check from the YMCA. Other membership, program, joiner’s and drafting fee are nonrefundable. Any program or fitness classes not held for holidays or due to inclement weather are not refundable nor transferable.

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