Swim Test:

300yds (12 lengths/6 laps): continuously in breaststroke, front crawl or combination demonstrating breath control & rhythmic breathing. Goggles may be used for this portion.

Tread water 2 minutes: using legs only; hands should be placed under armpits.

Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. No goggles allowed. Complete surface dive, feet or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet & retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to surface & return 20 yards on back 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 lader or steps.


$36 2-year certification


Call 309-853-4431 to schedule or recertify at a class listed above. All re-certifications must retake the full course per American Red Cross.


FREE to working Y guards. New Hires and current staff from other departments are eligible for discounts. FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Mary Findley by calling 309-853-4431 or email ymca.tumble@kewanee.com.


Learn the newest in Lifeguard Training to prevent & respond to aquatic emergencies. Course includes surveillance, rescue, 1st Aid & CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and professional lifeguard responsibilities. This course is for standard pools and not for rivers, ponds, lakes or oceans; waterfront certification available for a separate fee. For a full list of information/ required swim skills ask at the courtesy desk. Participants must pass swim test to be certified. Participants who do not pass may apply for partial refund. The Y will retain $50 of the original fee.