Find Teen Certifications & Training Programs

Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you prepared? Our American Heart Association courses provide you with the critical training that you need for any emergency. At the Y, we support and encourage safe and effective programming by making available a wide variety of YMCA and national certifications and training opportunities for professionals working to help people live healthier lives.


Whether you are looking to become a lifeguard in the future, or are looking to get re-certified, the YMCA and American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses are designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard.

Lifeguard Training


The YMCA offers certified Lifeguard Training for ages 16 and up.

The YMCA Lifeguard Training course is the most comprehensive program available, including certifications in CPR/AED, Basic Life Support, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.Training in equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention and decision-making skills prepare participants for employment.

Participants must be 16 years old before the start of class. Attendance, full participation, and successful completion of written tests and performance of all water skills are required.

Participants must be able to:

  • Tread water for at least 2 minutes
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl
  • Swim 50 yards each of front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, inverted breaststroke kick with hands on stomach
  • Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water and then swim underwater for 15 feet
  • Perform a series of tasks given by the instructor to demonstrate listening and scanning ability as well as stamina and endurance
Being prepared can avert tragedy and minimize the possibility of injury or even death. The YMCA offers an array of courses designed to help you become prepared for life-threatening emergencies. Be a part of creating a healthier, better prepared community by signing up for one of our emergency preparedness classes.

Heartsaver® CPR AED


Heartsaver® CPR AED

Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. This course can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.  Upon successful completion of the course, including a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years.

Heartsaver® First Aid


Heartsaver® First Aid

Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements.  First aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies are included in the course.  Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid course completion card, valid for two years.

Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized instructional program for teens. The new design teaches accident prevention, emergency response, child development, behavior management and the business of babysitting through games, activities, and role plays. Courses are offered at centers, during after school programming, and during summer camp.

Safe Sitter®


Teens Prepare to be Better, Safer Babysitters

Safe Sitter® classes cover accident prevention, emergency response, child development, behavior management and the business of babysitting. Safe Sitter manual and kit are included. Sign up required. Course content is medically accurate and follows guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Girl Scout Exclusive Safe Sitter®


Earn Your Babysitting Merit Badge

If you have a troop or a Girl Scout who needs to earn their babysitting badge, we have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to offer Girl Scout only classes. We offer the same course content as the Safe Sitter® course.

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