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The Y is the leader in swim safety and training. Participants receive the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies.

Your Will Learn:

  • Water Rescue Skills
  • Surveillance & Recognition
  • First Aid
  • Breathing & Cardiac Emergencies
  • CPR Mask & Lifeguard Manual Included

Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR/AED Certification are valid for two years.

Lifeguarding Class During Spring Break!

March 28, 29, 30 (Thursday, Friday Saturday)
9:00 - 5:00 pm
Multi-Purpose Kitchen - Wausau Branch

Upcoming Lifeguarding Classes
Prepare for a Great Summer Job!

  • April 19, 20 & 21
  • May 24, 25, 26

When you apply - we will reach out and set up for training date.

Lifeguards $12.50/hour



The primary purpose of the Lifeguarding program is to train lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water.


  • Must be 15 years of age
  • Ability to swim 300 yards
  • 100 front crawl with rhythmic breathing
  • 100 breaststroke and 100 of front crawl and breaststroke
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke
  • Surface dive 9 ft.
  • Retrieve a 10-lb object
  • Return to surface
  • Swim 20 yards on back with both hands on the brick to the start point and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute 40 seconds
  • Treading water for two minutes.

All materials included.

  • Certification issued upon successful completion of the course.
  • Course graduates 15 years of age and older are encouraged to apply for Y employment.
  • Class times might be adjusted based on class size and ability.

Class Fees:
Members $175 | Non-Members $200

Classes might cancel due to low enrollment. Refunds will be given for cancelled courses only, not for failing to pass the prerequisite swim test or online portion of course.

Be a Leader. Be a Lifeguard.

Classes take place at our Wausau Location:
Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403

Lifeguard Training | Review Course

Lifeguard Certification are valid for two years.

Review with participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies.

Prerequisites: Hold current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification to participate.

Need to bring own resuscitation mask and current Lifeguard Training textbook.

Class Fees: Members $78

Jr. Lifeguard Opportunities

Ages 10+

This Class is an introduction to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course. Kids will start to learn life saving skills and water safety.

  • Participants will learn skills such as victim recognition, rescue skills, introduction to first aid and CPR.
  • At age 15 they are eligible to take American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course.
  • Jr. Lifeguard Classes will be at the Wausau Branch.

For more information about classes or if you need to purchase a resuscitation mask and current textbook, contact Woodson YMCA's Aquatic Director.

Jennifer Deets, Aquatics Director
Call: 715-841-1831  or  Email