A Westfield Area YMCA lifeguard keeps watch at one of the two indoor pools at the Main Y Facility.

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing teens and adults age 16 and older the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a lifeguard and professional rescuer. The course also includes the Health and Safety Institute Basic Life Support, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration certifications.

The course is Dec. 28, 29 and 30 from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before registering for the course, candidates must first pass a physical skills test and be at least 16 years old by the last date of the course. This pre-test will test swimming skills and endurance.

Y Lifeguard certification is nationally recognized for clear water (pools) and open water (lakes/beaches) facilities. Learn how to anticipate and prevent problems before they occur and take action to help those in danger. Positions are available at the Westfield Area Y once you pass the class. If you join the Y staff, you will receive an 80% reimbursement of your lifeguard course fees after 60 days of employment.

Whether you are looking for a part-time or a year-round job as an aquatic professional or professional rescuer, the Westfield Area YMCA lifeguard program is the place to begin.

When you choose to become a lifeguard you are taking a stand to be a lifesaver, to protect others and to serve your community. To register for the physical skills test, visit the Main Y Facility Welcome Center at 220 Clark St., Westfield or contact Kim Koza-Baird at 908-301-9622 ext. 253 or [email protected]; or Rob Faggiano at 908- 301-9622 ext. 276 or [email protected].