The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties offers Red Cross safety education courses. Lifeguard and Babysitting Trainings allow participants to learn life-saving skills and become certified for fun and rewarding jobs. YMCA aquatics staff even have the ability to work year-round! The YMCA also offers CPR/AED classes for adult, child and infant certifications as well as first aid. Attendance at all class times listed is mandatory.

CPR/AED & First Aid – Combined

Prepare for the unexpected and gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective leadership in the event of an emergency! This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving infants, children, and adults. Topics include how to recognize and manage an emergency situation, basic first aid, standard emergency care procedures and administration, CPR, AED, and more.

After completion of this class, you will be certified for two years in Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid for adults, children, and infants. All classes are OSHA compliant.

Fercho YMCA Ages 15+ 6 - 10pm Members: $55 Non-Members: $95


Upcoming Dates:

December 15 January 12 January 17 January 25
February 11 February 17 February 22 March 2
March 14 March 22 April 7 April 12
April 21 May 6 May 12 May 17

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Hold CPR/AED & First Aid safety classes at your organization!
The YMCA will come to you! It’s great for childcare, construction, hotels, and so much more. After completion of the class, you will be certified for two years in Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid for adult/child/infant. To set up a safety class at your organization, please contact Max Ommen, Lifeguard and Safety Coordinator, at 701.364.4126 or
• 6-14 participants – $75/participant
• 15-20 participants – $65/participant

Organization will need to provide:
Streaming internet, space for training, blank wall, and a minimum of 5 participants

Lifeguarding Course

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses, until emergency medical services personnel take over. This program includes a Lifeguarding certification and a First Aid/CPR/AED certification. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

Participants must attend all three days of class to pass the certification. On day one, a pre-test will take place which will include the following three skills:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits or on their head.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds. Swim goggles are not allowed. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Fercho YMCA Ages 15+ 6 - 10pm Members: $175 Non-Members: $215

Classes run Friday 6pm – 10pm,  Saturday 8am – 8pm and Sunday 8am – 8pm

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 18, 19, and 20
  • January 8, 9, and 10
  • March 5, 6, and 7
  • March 19, 20, and 21
  • April 9, 10, and 11
  • April 23, 24, and 25
  • May 14, 15, and 16
  • May 21, 22, and 23

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Lifeguard & First Aid Challenge Course – Recertification

For American Red Cross certified Lifeguards who need to renew their American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications. Participants must be currently certified or within about 3 months of expiration. Participants will take the written test for Lifeguarding and First Aid training, as well as perform all the skills learned in a Lifeguarding class. There will be very limited review for this test so it is expected that participants have reviewed all information before attending this challenging course. This is an American Red Cross certification program.

Fercho YMCA 8am - 5pm Ages 15+ Members: $75, Non-Members: $95

Upcoming Dates

December 13 January 23 March 27
April 10 May 8 May 16

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Develop the skills needed to get a jump start on meeting the requirements of our full lifeguarding course!


Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards to get a real sense of being on the job.

Babysitting Trainings

The YMCA also offers Babysitting Trainings for ages 11+. For more information and to view upcoming class dates, visit our Babysitting Trainings Page.