West Cook YMCA

Trainings & Certifications

Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification (16+ years)

COST: M $200 / PM $300

Become certified to be an American Red Cross Lifeguard and develop skills and experience that will be valued by colleges and future employers. Upon passing the course, you will receive American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR certifications. Please allow time for the paperwork to be processed with the Red Cross. PRETEST The pretest required to take the course is as follows: ability to swim 300 yards continuously using 100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breaststroke and 100 yards of either front crawl or breaststroke; and swim 20 yards front crawl or breaststroke, retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of 7-10 feet, return it to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object. If you are unable to complete the pretest you may be issued a refund of 75%.

Registration required for course.


First Aid/CPR/AED COST: M $50 / PM $100

Learn how you can save someone in need by becoming certified in First Aid, CPR and AED. This class is for those who have never taken CPR or have not been recertified in 2 years. Know what to do if someone has stopped breathing, has a sudden illness or how to protect yourself in helping another person. This class is taught by American Red Cross Instructors, and participants must attend all dates. Dates subject to change. Please allow time for the paperwork to be processed with the Red Cross. Registration required for course. June 4, 10-6 pm American RedCross Challenge COST: M $35 / PM $50 Recommended for people who are currently trained in Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and/or AED essentials and wish to become re-certified. Must be prepared to take the practical and written test upon arrival. Please allow time for the paperwork to be processed with the Red Cross. 


Contact Aquatic Director Kim Polk at 708-434-0220 or kpolk@westcookymca.org for questions. Check out our current program guide for registration information.

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