Aquatic Certifications

The Skaneateles Y offers Aquatic certifications on a regular basis throughout the year! 

To register call our member services desk at 315.685.2266
For questions contact Aquatics Director, Christine Casazza at 315.685.2266 or



American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Course
& Re-certification.

The American Red Cross Lifeguard blended program trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water. It combines online learning with onsite sessions conducted by a Red Cross-certified instructor. Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Life-guarding Valid for 2 years. First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 1 year and American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen valid for 2 years. You must be at least 15 years old and  pass a swim test which includes the following: A 550 yard swim which must include 200 yards of front crawl with rhythmic breathing, 200 yards breaststroke and 150 yards of front crawl. Participants must also be able to dive to a depth of 9-13 feet, retrieve an object and swim 20 yards.
* Please note students who do not pass the pre-requisite swim test will be refunded the program fee less a $50 service fee.
   Cancellation Policy:  Please note in order to receive refund in accordance with schedule below notification must be made to
                                              the Aquatics Director. or 315.685.2266
Cancellation before or up to 7 days prior to start date : Full refund
Cancellation by 3 days prior to start date: you will be refunded the registration fee  less a $50 service fee.
Cancellation later than 3 days prior to start date / no Show for class:  There will be NO refund given.

 Classes are held regularly throughout the year.

CLICK HERE  for  the 2018 Lifeguard Certification schedule
CLICK HERE for the 2018 lifeguard re-certification schedule

American Red Cross CPR-PRO / AED Certification & Re-certification

CLICK HERE for our current CPR classes.


SCUBA certifications are availbale at our facility in conjunction with Deep Stop SCUBA.


 Junior Life Guarding

Ages 10 -13
December 27 -30  | Wednesday- Saturday
10am -4:00pm

Spend Christmas break learning about life guarding Participants will learn community CPR and First Aid, Learn about life guarding policies, fitness swimming, healthy habits and gain exposure to what a lifeguards responsibilities
are.There will be on deck instruction, classroom, videos and games.
Participants must be able to complete :
25yds on front
25 yd Breast stroke
Tread water for 1 minute
Float on their back for 30 seconds.
Swim on the bottom for 10 feet.
Bring a lunch
Participants will receive a whistle and T-shirt.

FEES: $100