Red Cross Certification Courses


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.) Choose from the following options to complete your class.

New Virtual Class via Zoom:

  • Dates: June 16 - 18, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM 
  • Must attend all 3 days
  • Fee: $25
  • Register online or call 203-235-6386 press 10 and leave a message and we will call you back and help you register. 

For more information contact Carrie Marquardt at 203-235-6386 ext. 18 or send an email to

Click here to read more about the babysitting course.


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. 


  • Blended learning lifeguard classes - 9.5 online classroom work and 19.5 hours in person training.
  • Minimum age 15 years old
  • Swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously on front
  • Tread water for 2 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.
  • Fee: $350
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street, Meriden
  • Contact: 203.235.6386 
  • Class 1: June 22 - 25th, 4:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Class 2: July 11 & 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM
  • Class 3: July 18 & 19th, 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM
  • Class 4: July 25th & 26th, 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM 
  • For registration information contact Cathy Lewis at


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. Choose your day from the dates below.

  • Choose your date - 6/20, 6/27, 6/28
  • 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $175
  • For registration information contact Cathy Lewis at


For CPR and First Aid classes for yourself or your workplace please contact us at 203.235.6386 or contact

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