We offer lifeguard certification and recertification classes at various times of the year. Preference is given to those who apply for jobs at the YMCA pool and the City of Keokuk pool, but we will try to accommodate the needs of everyone. If you have questions, please ask.
The next training session is in March 2021. A skills test is required of potential new guards. That test date March 10 at 4 pm. Candidates must perform a 300-yard swim, retrieve a brick from the deep end and tread water for 2 minutes. Upon passing, candidates move on to classroom and in-water trainings
Classroom dates are March 10, 12, 13, 14 and 17. Candidates must attend all dates. Weekdays are 4-8 pm, weekends 9 am to 5 pm.
For those guards who need to recertify their license, the session will be Wednesday, March 17, at 4 pm.
Preference is given to potential Hoerner YMCA and City of Keokuk pool lifeguards. Others admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Y or City will reimburse $100 of a full certification for those who qualify or $50 for recertification of past Y or City lifeguards. Regular cost of full course is $185; recertification is $85. Candidates must be age 15+ by March 17, 2021.
Sign up at the Hoerner YMCA front desk by March 9; class size is limited to 10 people so sign up soon!