Y SPLASH: Free Water Safety Course
June 10-14 • Ages 3-12
The Stevens Point Area YMCA is offering a free water safety course the week of June 10-14. This course will cover beach, boating and pool safety skills. For swimmers ages 3-5, classes will be 30 minutes in length. For ages 6-12, classes will be 40 minutes in length. The goal of the YSPLASH program is to help educate kids how to be safe in and around water during the busy summer months. Thousands of people drown annually and less than half of Americans can swim. This course will give children additional confidence and safety skills around water. Registration is open to the public. To sign up, call 715 342-2980 or visit the Y.
Help Make Swimming Safer
Do you want to turn your love of water and swimming into a valuable job or important safety-focused career? With our American Red Cross lifeguard certification courses, you can do just that. We offer certifications for individuals looking to gain the necessary skills to work as lifeguards in a variety of areas. We also offer lifeguard recertification, to help current guards keep their skills sharp.
Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid upon successful completion. Course focuses on skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to drownings and injuries.
- Must be at least age 15 to participate in training
- Must be at least age 16 to work as a lifeguard
- Swim continuously for 300 yards using front crawl or breaststroke
- Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only
- Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 9 ft., retrieve a 10 lb. object, return to surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, all within 1 minute 40 seconds.
A Red Cross Lifeguard manual (pdf) and pocket mask is included for each participant. Certifications will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
Lifeguard Recertification with CPR/AED/First Aid
Red Cross Re-Certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid upon successful completion. Course focuses on skills and knowledge taught in the initial Red Cross Lifeguard program. Successful completion of the review extends the individuals certification for 2 more years. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rescue mask if they have one.
- Must meet “Lifeguard Training” prerequisites (see above)
- Must hold current and valid Lifeguard Certification
Registration and Information
Find upcoming program dates, time, and locations, as well as registration information here.
New To The Y?
Our Aquatics department also offers other programs: CPR/First Aid, Masters Swim Team, Water Exercise, Family/Open Swim, and Lap Swim. Call us for more information.
At the Y, we teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.