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 (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 (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.