New Britain – Berlin YMCA

Lifeguard Certification Course

This 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.

  • This course is a blended learning format of online and in person instruction. The online portion must be completed before taking the in person portion of the course. 
  • 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.
  • Online portion will be available starting October 31st
  • In-person portion will meet Saturday, November 12th & Sunday, November 13th 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
  • Fee: $350
  • In person location: New Britain YMCA, 50 High Street, New Britain
  • Contact: Ashley Jordan at 860.229.3787 or ajordan@nbbymca.org

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.

  • Date: To be announced
  • In person location: New Britain YMCA, 50 High Street, New Britain
  • Fee: $175
  • Contact: Ashley Jordan at 860.229.3787 or ajordan@nbbymca.org

CPR & First Aid Certification or Recertification Course

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:

  • October 15th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Meriden YMCA
  • November 19th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the New Britain YMCA
  • December 10th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Meriden YMCA
  • Register online or call the New Britain YMCA at 860.229.3787 or the Meriden YMCA at 203.235.6386.

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.