YMCA offering Lifeguard Certification Courses in April

TROY — The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in summer and year-round employment.

“There are several facilities in need of new lifeguards this summer,” Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch, said.

The course in April will run for three weeks Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m. Class will start on April 6. Registration deadline for this course is March 30.

“The week prior deadline is to give the students time to complete all the online work for the course that is required,” said Donn Shade, aquatic director at the Piqua branch. “It’s a lot of online work about the basics of lifeguarding and preliminary introductions to the other three certifications. We find candidates do best with the week prior deadline for registration to get [all the online work] completed by the first day of class.”

Those interested in the course can register at either Miami County YMCA branch during normal business hours. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at 937-440-9622 or l.lander@miamicountyymca.net.

“We are doing extra sanitation for classes and asking participants to wear facial coverings for the classroom instruction portions of the course,” said Lander. “For safety reasons, we are not requiring participants to wear facial coverings in the water. We hope to get a few more lifeguards through classes this spring to keep staffing levels up at our own pools as well as those throughout the county area.”