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New Canaan YMCA

Red Cross Certification Courses

Red Cross Certification Courses

Red Cross Certification Courses


As part of our commitment to youth development, our Red Cross Certification courses teach our community’s kids and teens how to effectively respond in emergency situations through first aid training. Participants build confidence, learn responsibility, and hone decision-making skills, equipping each to become a leader in our community and beyond.

First Aid Courses

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Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course (Ages 11-15; 1-day program)

Enjoy being with kids? Looking to earn extra cash? Take the Red Cross Babysitting Certification course at our Y and become “the best of the best.” You will become certified in First Aid and will learn tips and techniques for being a confident, fun, and creative babysitter.

Wilderness First Aid Course (Ages 15+, 1-day program)

Designed for active hikers, skiers, and snowboarders, scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments. This course teaches and certifies participants in advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away.

First Aid Course for Parents & Caregivers (Ages 16+, 1-day program)

Designed for first-time parents, caretakers, grandparents, and those who need to brush up on their skills. This class will focus on pediatric (infant and child) first aid, CPR, and AED use. This class will cover the American Red Cross’s Pediatric First Aid curriculum and will certify participants in Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.

For additional information and any questions, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 or by email.

Leadership Programs

We provide programs for youth in middle school and high school to gain leadership experience, helping them grow through different opportunities within our Y and our community.

Junior Leadership Program (Grades 5-6)

This is the lead-in to our Y.A.L.P. program and offers those in grades 5 & 6 a chance to experience what’s next. This program will meet every Saturday for two months and will consist of time at the YMCA and two off-site day trips. The time at the Y will be spent in the Flex space, gym, Wagner room, and back field (weather permitting). The two day trips will be similar to the Y.A.L.P. ones in that they will creatively challenge children. We will also be planning and completing one community service activity during these two months.

Young Adult Leadership Program (Grades 7-8)

Do you like adventurous field trips, exclusive time at the Y, and the possibility to gain valuable life lessons?! Then this is the program for you!! Once a month we will be going on exciting field trips to Skyzone, GoKarting, Stamford Twin Rinks, and The Rock Club. On the weeks we don’t have field trips, we will get two hours of access to the new Intergen space, flex space, and a basketball court. Additionally, we will be working on one community service project a month.

For additional information on these programs, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643.

Please see our current brochure for updated session dates, times, and fees.

Lifeguarding Courses

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Junior Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 11-14)

The American Red Cross has introduced a junior lifeguarding course designed to guide and prepare youth ages 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills for future lifeguards.

Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 15+)

The American Red Cross Lifeguard course is available to those who are interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. This course includes certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED and Lifeguard.

Lifeguard Review Course (Ages 15+; recertification course for current lifeguards)

This course is for those individuals who are already certified as a lifeguard and need to re-certify all three certifications: First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguard certifications.

Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Module (Ages 15+)

This course is offered to current certified lifeguards seeking additional Red Cross Waterfront certification for outdoor waterfronts, beaches, lakes, or ponds.

For additional information or any questions, contact Emily Daymonde at 203-920-1652 or by email.

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