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December 22, 2011 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

YMCA offers life guard training! A great opportunity for children 15 and older!


Are you at least 15 years of age or older and looking for a great year round job or a challenging career? Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

Life guarding will help you develop skills and experience that will be valued by colleges and future employers. You’ll earn the respect of your peers because you’ll be making a difference to others and yourself. Colleges and employers look for applicants who can deal effectively with people, who have a take charge attitude and who are willing to work to develop new skills. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn patron rescue and surveillance skills, first aid and CPR/AED.


-Must be at least 15 years old

-Be able to swim 500 yds continuously

200 yds freestyle

200 yds breaststroke

100 yds combination of the 2 strokes

-Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive and retrieve a 10 pound brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Attendance at each class is mandatory. Successful candidates will receive a 1 year CPR/AED certification and 3 year lifeguarding and first aid certification.

Please bring something that verifies your date of birth to the first class on January 3rd.

 Instructor: Meg Bonk

Meets: Tuesdays

January 3: 430pm-845pm (Pre-Test for the Class)

January 10, 17, 24, 31: 430pm-830pm

February 7, (No class 2/14), 21, 28: 5pm-830pm

Location: YMCA Pool

Fee: Full Members $155

Program Members: $205

*The fee includes your lifeguarding manual and personal breathing barrier.

No refund is given for failing the course.

 Contact the New Britain-Berlin YMCA at 860-229-3787 to sign up.

Any specific questions regarding the class contact the Aquatics Director, Meg Bonk.

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