Red Cross Certification Courses

Lifeguard Recertification Course 

This abbreviated lifeguarding course briefly reviews course information and allows practice of skills and knowledge before testing. Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certification for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for two years.

  • Day/date: Saturday, November 27th
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $175
  • Location: New Britain YMCA

Lifeguard Certification Course 

Provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Must be fifteen years old and older to participate and all participants must pass the Pre-Test. Pre-Test: Swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously on front, tread water for 2 minutes using legs only, and complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds (surface dive to retrieve a 10 pound object). Must be fifteen years old or older to participate. There is a maximum of ten participants.

November class (must attend all 3 days):

  • Friday, November 19th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Pre-Test)
  • Saturday, November 20th 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday,  November 21st 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Fee: $350

Location: New Britain YMCA, 50 High Street, New Britain

Contact: Ashley Jordan at 860.229.3787 or ajordan@nbbymca.org


CPR and First Aid Certification or Re-certification 

For CPR and First Aid classes for yourself or your workplace please contact Ashley Jordan at 860.229.3787.


American Red Cross Babysitting Class 

Learn leadership skills, how to diaper and feed infants, how to handle choking emergencies, rescue breathing, basic first aid and lots more. Bring a pen, note book and a bag lunch. Includes Babysitter’s Training Handbook, DVD & Emergency Reference Guide. (For ages 11 - 15 years old.) Choose your class.

  • September 18th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. New Britain YMCA
  • October 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meriden YMCA
  • November 6th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meriden YMCA
  • Location: New Britain YMCA
  • Maximum of 10 participants to safely social distance
  • Fee: Full Member $39, Program or Non-Member $69
  • Register online or call the New Britain YMCA at 860.229.3787 or the Meriden YMCA at 203.235.6386.
  • Please note: Masks are required for those who are not fully vaccinated. Temperature checks are required at our facility.

General Refund Policy: If any class or program is canceled by the YMCA, a full refund of paid program fees, plus membership fees if taken out solely to participate in the canceled class, will be made by check from the YMCA. Other membership, program, joiner’s and drafting fee are nonrefundable. Any program or fitness classes not held for holidays or due to inclement weather are not refundable nor transferable.


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