Learn how to save lives at the Y!

Upcoming First Aid and CPR Training

November 9, December 14
First Aid
November 8
All CPR and First Aid courses run approximately 4 hours.

YMCA Facility/Program Member
Community Members
Fee includes a digital booklet, certification card, and training. Fees are non-refundable or transferable.

For questions regarding CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen courses please contact Amber Stevens at Amber.Stevens@ciymca.org or (805) 642-2131 ext. 17

Sign ups are taken online or at the Welcome Center and space is limited. First Aid, CPR and AED are through The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) All certifications are valid for 2 years. Fees must be paid for at the time of registration.

Certification Courses at the Ventura Family Y

Lifeguard Training Course

This course is designed to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration. We will present information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and waterpark environments. The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary.

The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool maintenance basics, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. Students must pass the physical skills test prior to the class and must be 16 years of age by the last day of the scheduled class.

Students must pass the following Physical Competency Requirements (conducted in class on the first day):

Phase 1 – Tread water for 2 minutes – Swim 100 yards of front crawl
Phase 2 – Swim 50 yards of each: 1. Front crawl with the head up 2. Sidestroke 3. Breaststroke 4. Breaststroke with the head up 5. Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest – Perform a feetfirst surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility). Then swim underwater for 15 feet.
Phase 3 – Participants start in the water at the shallow end. – Sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility).
Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found.
Swim the remaining length to end of the pool, and hoist yourself out of the water.
Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions, and stand and listen to directions from the instructor.

Swim Instructor Certification Course

This course awards the YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Certification. After successful completion of this course, instructors will be able to identify components of the YMCA Swim Lessons continuum, demonstrate the behaviors of an effective YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor, maintain an inclusive environment of learning while keeping order in a positive and safe environment, employ swim teaching techniques that break down the critical features of a swimmer’s skill progression at any age and stage and demonstrate the swim instructor’s role in the safety process and during an emergency.

Candidates must be able to tread water for two minutes and demonstrate Stage 5 proficiency in at least four of the following six strokes by swimming 25 yards of each: Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Butterfly, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke.

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