Click the button "class options" to see the available classes for lifeguarding, CPR and first aid, and water safety training. If you follow the link you can also register.

For more information please call or email

Water Safety Instructor Course
Participants will learn how to teach the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program as well as the parent child lessons. This course runs for 30 hours over the course of 3 weekends

Class Fee: $275.00 (covers certification)

Fee must be turned in one week prior to class start date.

Contact: Doris Swarn at

Rerequisite: You must be at least 16 years of age to participate in this course. You should also be able to do 3 of the 4 strokes well.

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 16 years of age and should be able to swim 25 yards of the following strokes at a level 4: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

Lifeguarding Preparation
This program is for those who are not yet ready for lifeguard training. Lifeguard Preparation instructs participants in the stroke mechanics, treading water and retrieval of a 10lb object required to pass the lifeguard training screening. Participants are also introduced to the skills people struggle with in lifeguard training.
This course will not run with less than 4 people.Offered the first and third Friday of each month. 
Ages 14 and over
Tuesdays 6:15PM-7:00PM

Fee: $12 per class

Fee must be turned in one week prior to class start date.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding
GLEC offers Lifeguarding classes year round. This American Red Cross program teaches participants the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.
Who can take the course?
Individuals 15 years or older
Individuals who pass the pre-screening
Schedule a day/time to come in to perform the screening: 
  • 300yd swim
  • 2 minutes treading water with no hands
  • Retrieve a 10 lb object from the deep end and swim a distance with the object
Class Dates
(Participants must attend all of the classes to receive certification)

This is a blended learning course. Participants must complete the screening at least one week begins. Click the button "Class Options" to see the classes offered and to sign up

Fee: $175 members $200 non-members

Recertification Course
The screening must be done before the first day of classes. Click the button "Class Options" to see the classes offered and to sign up

Fee: $100 members and non-members

Fee includes: American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, First Aid,
and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. 
There are no scholarships or discounts offered for this class.
Participants must come to all scheduled days in order to get the certification.
There must be at least 5 participants to run the course.

Contact: Doris Swarn at or sign-up at the front desk.
Hours of Operation:

8:00am to 5:00pm

(Pool closes at 4:30pm)

Monday thru Friday:

6:30am to 8:00pm

(Pool closes at 7:30pm)

Sunday: Closed

Located in Historical YMCA of Germantown building at 5722 Greene Street Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tel: 215-844 3281

Germantown Life Enrichment Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

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