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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.

A skills test is required of potential new guards. 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

Candidates must attend all dates.

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 April 18, 2021.

Sign up at the Hoerner YMCA front desk; class size is limited to 10 people so sign up soon!