American Red Cross

Join the NEXT GENERATION of Red Cross Training! The Kenosha YMCA is a leader in providing up-to-date training and certification through the American Red Cross. We regularly offer certification and review. If you have any questions about which course is right for you, please contact Beth Volbrecht at 262.654.9622 ext. 224.
Please Note: Payment for courses is due at time of registration; please register no later than 3 days prior to class. No refunds or cancellations.


The ARC Babysitter’s Training will be offered for youth ages 11-15. The class will give participants the knowledge and skills to safely and responsibly give care for infants and children. Participants will need to bring a lunch and a doll that can be diapered.

  •  Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 3:   4:30-8:30pm
  • Monday, April 13: 9am – 5pm (Bring a lunch)
  • Saturday, May 2: 9am – 5pm (Bring a lunch)
  • Monday, June 15: 9am – 5pm (Bring a lunch)
  • Wednesday, July 22 & Thursday, July 23:   9am-1pm

Fee: Members: $65 General Public: $75

This will be a blended learning course for CPR. A large portion of the class will be online, and must be completed prior to coming to class. The in person portion of class will show you can successfully perform the skills on a manikin.

  • Thursday, March 5: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 7: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 12: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 9: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 7: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 18: 6:30-8:30pm

Fee: Member: $50 General Public: $60

Please contact Beth Volbrecht at or 262.654.9622 ext. 224 for more information.

Course Content & Prerequisites: This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in and around pools. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite swimming skills: 300-yd, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10 pound brick from a maximum depth of 12 feet, then swim 20 yards with both hands on the brick. Participants must be 15 or older by completion of course.

Certificate: American Red Cross Lifeguarding (includes CPR/AED and First Aid), upon successful completion of the written and physical skills tests. Certificate is valid for 2 years.

  • Tuesday, April 14: 9am-2pm
    Wednesday, April 15: 9am-2pm
    Thursday, April 16: 9am-2pm
    Friday, April 17: 9am-2pm
  • Tuesday, June 16: 9am-2pm
    Wednesday, June 17: 9am-2pm
    Thursday, June 18: 9am-2pm
    Friday, June 19: 9am-2pm

Fee: Member $225 General Public: $250

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. Participants will have the opportunity to view video segments, practice and perform skills for evaluation and complete the final written exam(s) for the course being reviewed. The course includes: Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid. Participants must bring their current certificate, CPR resuscitation mask, and be prepared to complete the swimming skills pretest (see above). Certificate is valid for 2 years.

Individuals with a current (ARC) Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate may participate in a review course.

Pretest for these certifications is:
– 300-Yard Swim
– Tread Water (2 minutes w/o hands)
– Timed Event (retrieve brick)

Fee: Member $115 General Public: $135

Course Content & Prerequisites: Each year the American Red Cross teaches more than 2 million children and adults to swim. Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are in demand throughout the country and certification is recognized nationwide, so you can work wherever you go.

As a Water Safety Instructor, you will be able to teach:
-Learn to Swim Aquatics, Levels 1-6
-Parent and Child Aquatics
-Preschool Aquatics
-Adult Swim
-Water Safety Courses and Presentations

Here are just a few of the many reasons to get certified as a Water Safety Instructor and join our winning team:
– Have fun working with your friends and peers in a safe environment
– Gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional
– Earn money, or join a volunteer team, while teaching people to swim
– Gain the respect of your peers and community
– Learn leadership and teaching skills that will help you in any career
– Make a difference in others’ lives as well as your own
– Teach skills that may save a life

Proficient swimming strokes and skills exceeding Level 5 and current CPR and Community First Aid certification are required for successful completion. Participants must be 16 or older by completion of course

NEW CLASS STRUCTURE: Blended learning; consisting of instructor led and online instruction. Please contact Beth V. at 262.654.9622 ext. 224 or via email at if interested.

Fee: Member $250 General Public: $275


What should I bring to a Red Cross class at the YMCA?
A copy of the course manual. Plan to bring a bag lunch for Saturday (full day) courses. If taking a review class, your current certificate and resuscitation mask.

For Lifeguarding classes: a towel, goggles, appropriate swimwear, a snack and water bottle. We will go from the pool to the classroom often, so wear comfortable clothes. Optional: your whistle and nylon hip pack.

How do I get the manual for my class?
Go to to download to an e-reader or tablet or print. Please do this before attending class.

Do you have to be an athlete or on the swim team to become a Lifeguard?
Not necessarily. However you’ll need to complete the pretest as listed on previous page successfully. You should be comfortable in the water, demonstrate breath control, and use a strong kick that moves you forward. During the breaststroke you should demonstrate the ‘Pull, Breathe, Kick, Glide’ technique. Goggles can be worn only during the 550 yard swim.

Who is eligible to participate in a Lifeguarding Review class?
The Lifeguarding Review course is for those individuals with a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills certificate. If your certificate has expired or you hold a certificate from a different organization you should take the full Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills course.

The American Red Cross also offers a FREE online refresher center to keep your knowledge and skills sharp so you are ready to respond.