Upcoming Courses

All classes take place at the Downtown Y, 302 West First Street unless noted otherwise.  Pre-registration is required for all courses. . If you are interested in having an instructor come to your site, or would like to have a class set up at the Downtown branch for your group, please contact us.

To register, call the Member Service Desk at 218-722-4745, or

REGISTER HERE


BASIC LIFEGUARD - IN PERSON COURSES

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard 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 (EMS) personnel take over. Successful completion results in a 2 year certification in Lifeguard skills, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, and First Aid for Lifeguards.

You must be at least 15 years of age by course completion to participate in the Basic Lifeguard course.

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 2 business days in advance. Must attend and participate in all sessions to complete the course.

By participating in this course, you are agreeing to participate in skills that will require you to work closely with other members of the class. The recommended distancing by the CDC will not always be possible. Instructors will provide additional information to registered participants via email.

Class fee: $250. Incentives may be available for prospective employees of the Duluth Y.

  • Dates to be announced. Due to the pandemic, we are offering blended learning whenever possible.
BASIC LIFEGUARD - BLENDED LEARNING

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard 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 (EMS) personnel take over. Successful completion results in a 2 year certification in Lifeguard skills, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, and First Aid for Lifeguards.

You must be at least 15 years of age by course completion to participate in the Basic Lifeguard course. Blended learning course participants will receive a link to the e-learning modules upon successful completion of the pre-course session. These modules must be completed before the remainder of the in-person sessions.

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 1 week in advance. Must attend and participate in all sessions to complete the course.

By participating in this course, you are agreeing to participate in skills that will require you to work closely with other members of the class. The recommended distancing by the CDC will not always be possible. Instructors will provide additional information to registered participants via email.

Class fee: $250. Incentives may be available for prospective employees of the Duluth Y.

  • Pre-Course: Jan 13, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: Jan 19-20 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Pre-Course: Apr 7, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: Apr 17-18 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Pre-Course: May 12, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: May 22-23 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Pre-Course: May 12, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: May 24-27 from 4:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Pre-Course: Sep 15, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: Sep 25-26 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Pre-Course: Dec 8, 2021 from 5-6:30 pm; In-Person sessions: Dec 18-19 from 9 am - 7 pm
LIFEGUARD REVIEW

Persons seeking to renew their lifeguard certification at or near the end of their 2 year certification period are eligible to participate in a Review Class. This shortened version of the lifeguard class will review concepts and skills, and includes an opportunity to brush up on rescue and care-giving skills. Successful completion results in a 2 year certification in Lifeguard skills, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, and First Aid for Lifeguards.

You must have a current certification OR a certification that has expired no more than 30* days to be eligible to participate in a review session. *During the pandemic, this grace period has been extended to 120 days.

By participating in this course, you are agreeing to participate in skills that will require you to work closely with other members of the class. The recommended distancing by the CDC will not always be possible. Instructors will provide additional information to registered participants via email.

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 2 business days in advance. Must attend and participate in all sessions to complete the course.

Class fee: $130. Incentives may be available for prospective employees of the Duluth Y.

  • Jan 16, 2021 from 9 am - 11:30 am on Zoom, 1-7 pm in-person
  • Apr 16, 2021 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • May 15, 2021 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Jun 5, 2021 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Jun 11, 2021 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Dec 12, 2021 from 9 am - 7 pm
WATERFRONT LIFEGUARD MODULE

The Waterfront Skills Module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. Successful completion results in a 2 year certification in Waterfront Lifeguard skills, only valid with a current Basic Lifeguard certification.

You must have a current certification in basic lifeguard skills to participate. This will NOT renew a basic level certification.

Pre-registration is required. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 2 business days in advance. Must attend and participate in all sessions to complete the course.

Class fee: $75. Incentives may be available for prospective employees of the Duluth Y.

  • Apr 16, 2021 from 6 - 10 pm
  • May 15, 2021 from 6 - 10 pm
  • Jun 5, 2021 from 6 - 10 pm
  • Jun 11, 2021 from 6 - 10 pm
LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR COURSES (LGI)

Full (Blended) LGI Course: The purpose of the Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) course is to train instructors to teach the basic level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses. Candidate must be at least 17 years of age on the last day of the course, have a current basic level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, and successfully complete the online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course. Link for the online introduction will be provided before the first class session. Opportunity to renew basic level certification if time permits.

By participating in this course, you are agreeing to participate in skills that will require you to work closely with other members of the class. The recommended distancing by the CDC will not always be possible. Instructors will provide additional information to registered participants via email.

Class fee: $300

  • Apr 23 from 5:00 - 9:30 pm AND Apr 24-25 from 8 am - 6 pm

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LGI/LGIT Review Course: This abbreviated re-certification course is for currently certified instructors and instructor trainers. Basic lifeguard review optional. The Red Cross has extended Instructor Certifications to August 2021. See your Learning Center profile for details.

Class fee: $130

  • Mar 27 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Jul 11 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Aug 20 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Aug 21 from 9 am - 7 pm
  • Sep 12 from 9 am - 7 pm
ON DEMAND CLASSES
  • Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard
  • Red Cross Aquatic Attraction Lifeguard
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Basic Water Rescue

For more information contact cpodtburg@duluthymca.org to set up a class.

PANDEMIC CONSIDERATIONS

CPR and First Aid classes have the highest standard for cleanliness and because of the level of safety and cleanliness we adhere to on a daily basis, few things have changed for us in the kind of precautions we take in classes with our manikins. However, the Red Cross and the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) have made some adjustments to the way we run CPR and First Aid classes to allow for extra safety precautions during the pandemic. We are primarily offering blended learning skills with scheduled skill practice sessions. Each student will have the opportunity to practice the skills on their own manikin. Sharing of equipment is avoided whenever possible, and careful documentation for the purpose of contract tracing is maintained.

Some lifeguard classes may not always be able to adhere to the CDC guidelines. More details will be provided to participants interested in those classes.