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Coach Certification Requirements

The safety and certification standards for all YMCA swim coaches include current certifications in the following:

  • Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving - e-learning course with a workbook component, available through the YMCA of the USA Learning and Career Development Center (LCDC) on the Y Exchange website at www.yexchange.org (set up or log into your account and go to the LCDC prompt to find the class).
  • Professional Rescuer CPR
  • First Aid
  • Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches - coaches with a valid Lifeguard certification may use that as long as they also pass the online only content of the Safety Training for Swim Coaches course at www.redcross.org/takeclasses (in Classes, select Safety Training for Swim Coaches).

Please see the Safety Training Guide in the Coaches section for full explanations of each course/certification and the accepted training agencies.