YMCA offers lessons for swimming and lifeguarding

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland YMCA offers swimming lessons for those six months old and older. The fall swimming program runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 25.

For those unsure of level placements, evaluations can be set up by the aquatics staff.  For an appointment, call 456-3634, ext. 1131. 

The YMCA partners with the American Red Cross to offer a 25-hour class for those who want to be certified as a lifeguard. The YMCA provides the equipment. Participants must be at least 15 years old.

The lifeguard class teaches water rescues; land rescues; scanning techniques; head, neck, and back rescues; entries; first aid; and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. To become certified, class members must successfully complete the water scenarios and receive 80 percent or better on the written tests, along with attending all the classes.

The classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 15. For more information, call 456-3634, ext. 1131.

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