Safety Education

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties offers Red Cross safety education courses. Lifeguard and Babysitting Trainings allow participants to learn life-saving skills and become certified for fun and rewarding jobs. YMCA aquatics staff even have the ability to work year-round! The YMCA also offers CPR/AED classes for adult, child and infant certifications as well as first aid. Attendance at all class times listed is mandatory.

CPR/AED & First Aid (combined)

Prepare for the unexpected and gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective leadership in the event of an emergency! This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving infants, children, and adults. Topics include how to recognize and manage an emergency situation, basic first aid, standard emergency care procedures and administration, CPR, AED, and more.

After completion of this class, you will be certified for two years in Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid for adults, children, and infants. All classes are OSHA compliant.


Fercho YMCA Ages 15+ 6:00 – 10:00pm Member: $55 Non-Member: $95 Employee: $44

Upcoming Dates:
•  February 14
•  February 26
•  March 5
•  March 12
•  March 21
•  April 9
•  April 18
•  April 23
•  May 7
•  May 16
•  May 21

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Lifeguarding Course

The American Red Cross introduces the new blended learning offering of the Lifeguarding program which combines online knowledge acquisition and in-person water, first aid and CPR/AED skills training. Building on the same knowledge and skills as our traditional in-person only training, the course trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water. Topics include: water rescue skills, surveillance and recognition, first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies, CPR, AED and more. The program reflects the latest CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) science and findings from the 2011 United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition Report. Plus, the online format enables participants to complete interactive lessons and activities on their own time. Instructor- led sessions reinforce learning and emphasize skill building.

Benefits of the new program include:
• Comprehensive training that is equivalent to the traditional in-person course
• Two-year certification that includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED
• Free digital skills refreshers
• Consistent delivery of curriculum to all participants
• Core concepts focus reinforced by instructor and skills practice
• Final Lifeguarding written exam and in-water skills testing completed at facility
• First Aid/CPR/AED written exam completed online


Fercho YMCA Ages 15+ Member: $175 Non-Member: $215 Employee: $140

Classes Run
Friday 6pm-10pm,  Saturday 8am-8pm & Sunday 8am-8pm

Upcoming Dates:
•  February 22, 23, and 24
•  March 15, 16, and 17
•  March 22, 23, and 24
•  April 5, 6, and 7
•  April 26, 27, and 28
•  May 10, 11, and 12

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Lifeguard & First Aid Challenge Course (Recertification) 

For American Red Cross certified Lifeguards who need to renew their American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications. Participants must be currently certified or within about 3 months of expiration. Participants will take the written test for Lifeguarding and First Aid training, as well as perform all the skills learned in a Lifeguarding class. There will be very limited review for this test so it is expected that participants have reviewed all information before attending this challenging course. This is an American Red Cross certification program.

Fercho YMCA 8:00am – 2:00pm Ages 15+ Member: $75 Non-Member: $95  Employee: $60

Upcoming Dates:
•  March 30
•  April 13
•  May 4
•  May 18

Hold convenient safety classes at your organization!

The YMCA will come to you! It’s great for childcare, construction, hotels, and so much more. After completion of the class, you will be certified for two years in Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid for adult/child/infant.
• 5-10 participants – $75/participant
• 11-15 participants – $65/participant

Organization will need to provide:
• Streaming internet
• Space for training
• Blank wall
• Minimum of 5 participants

Babysitting Trainings

The YMCA also offers Babysitting Trainings for ages 11+. For more information and to view upcoming class dates, visit our Babysitting Trainings page.

For more information on Safety Education, please contact Nicole Duncomb at 701.364.4126 or