Meriden YMCA

Our YMCA offers the following Red Cross certification classes: Babysitting, Lifeguard Certification, Lifeguard Re-certification, Lifeguard Waterfront Certification, CPR/AED/First Aid.

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.) 

Classes are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Choose your class:

  • January 14, 2023 at the Meriden YMCA
  • March 25, 2023 at the New Britain YMCA
  • April 29, 2023 at the Meriden YMCA
  • Full Member $39, Program or Non-Member $69
  • Register online or call 203.235.6386.
  • For more information contact Carrie Marquardt at (203) 440.1925 or send an email to cmarquardt@meridenymca.org

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. 

This is a blended learning lifeguard class which includes 9.5 hours of online classroom work and 19.5 hours in person training.

  • Prerequisites: Minimum age 15 years old. Online work must be completed prior to in person training. Must pass pre-test. 
  • Pre-test: 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 ten 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 this lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for two years.
  • Fee: $350
  • In person class time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meriden YMCA
  • Dates: December 3 - 4, December 26 - 27

Registration Information:

  • In-person classes will be held at the Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06451
  • For registration information contact Brye Lewis at (203) 235.6386 or blewis@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 Recertification 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. 

  • Class time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Choose your date: December 17, December 28 
  • Fee: $175
  • Location: Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06451
  • For registration information contact Brye Lewis at (203) 235.6386 
  • 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 Waterfront Certification Course

This skills module can be added onto any CURRENT Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. A copy of current certification must be supplied to the instructor before attending the session. Pre-requisite swim skill requirements are the same as those listed for the Full Course Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills (outlined below). Completing the module does not extend the current Lifeguarding/FA/CPR/AED certification and the Waterfront Skills Module certification expires when the current LG certification expires. Participants must supply their own search mask and fins (goggles do not suffice).

The purpose of the Waterfront Skills Module is to teach currently certified lifeguards the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Pre-Req Swim Skills Evaluation for Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills:

-Goggles may be used for the 550 yard continuous swim only.
-550 yard continuous swim demonstrating rhythmic breathing (front crawl, breaststroke, or any combination of front crawl and breaststroke);
-Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only;
-Complete a timed event within 1 min 40 secs ? Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive (head or feet first) to retrieve a 10 pound brick from at least 7-9? deep water, resurface and return to the starting point by swimming 20 yards on back with two hands on the brick at all times, and exit without using the steps or ladder.
-Goggles may be used for the 300 yard continuous swim, but for no other part of the pre-requisite swim skills evaluation.
-Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

  • Date: TBA 
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Fee: $100
  • Location: Meriden YMCA
  • Must have a current lifeguard certification 
  • Register: Contact the Meriden YMCA at (203) 235-6386

CPR and First Aid Certification or Recertification

  • For more  information contact (203) 235.6386

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.