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Skills & Training for Adults

The safety of our community is important to all of us at the Y. One way the Y strengthens the community is through important trainings that improve the health, safety and well-being of others. The trainings include CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard and Mental Health First Aid. Group trainings are also available.

Bridgewater YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

For more information, contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or by email.

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Heart Association BLS classroom-based course teaches how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Pocket mask and textbook included.

  • CPR/AED Review

    This is an American Red Cross review class for people who have current professional level CPR cards. Cards must be brought to class. Mask included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 years and above)

For more information, contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or via webmail.

Learn the skills and knowledge to perform water rescues. Participants will receive an American Red Cross lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificate. Participants must pass a pre-test before taking the course. 


  • Lifeguard Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Please register for your pretest. Once you pass the pretest, you will be enrolled in and charged for the next Lifeguard Certification course.

    Participants must swim 300 yards continuously as follows – 100 yards front crawl; 100 yards breaststroke; 100 yards front crawl or breaststroke. Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Swim 20 yards, submerge 7 – 10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound brick, and swim 20 yards carrying the brick in both hands within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

  • Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Learn the skills and knowledge needed to perform water rescue, as well as First Aid and CPR. Participants will receive American Red Cross Liefeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificates. Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the course and pass the pre-test before taking the course. The fee does not include the pre-test. The total cost of the course with pre-test is $325 for members and $375 for non-members; the balance will be charged upon completion to your chosen payment method.

    Course Cost: $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

    Attendance is required at all classes.

    Pre-Test 2
    Course 3 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    October 6, 4:00-5:00 pm    
    TBD
    Pre-Test 3 Course 3 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    November 3, 4:00-5:00 pm
    TBD
  • Lifeguarding Review Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Curriculum includes testing of in-water practical skills, on-land practical skills and two final written exams. No classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment provided. Review materials before taking course (an online link will be provided once registration is completed).

    Cost: $150 Member | $200 Non-Member


    For more information, please contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or by email.


Hillsborough YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

For more information, contact Lisa Slover at 908 369 0490 or by email.

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Heart Association BLS classroom-based course teaches how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Pocket mask and textbook included.

  • CPR/AED Review

    This is an American Red Cross review class for people who have current professional level CPR cards. Cards must be brought to class. Mask included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 years and above)

For more information, contact Lisa Slover at 908 369 0490 or via webmail.

Learn the skills and knowledge to perform water rescues. Participants will receive an American Red Cross lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificate. Participants must pass a pre-test before taking the course.


  • Lifeguard Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Please register for your Lifeguard Pretest. Once you pass the pretest, you will be enrolled in and charged for the next Lifeguard Certification course.

    Participants must swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on back with both hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

  • Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 15 and above)

    Participants must first register for and pass the Lifeguard Pretest. Upon successful pre-test completion, you payment method will be charged the balance for the course: $300 for Members and $350 for Non-Members.

    Course includes Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certifications. Curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in the water and on land and two final written exams. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course. Attendance is required at all classes.

    Pre-Test Certification Days (must attend all days)
    August 25 at 4:00pm
    TBD
    September 29 at 4:00pm
    TBD
    November 10 at 4:00pm
    TBD
  • Lifeguarding Recertification Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First-Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Curriculum includes testing of in-water practical skills, on-land practical skills and two final written exams. No classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment included. Review materials before taking course (an online link will be provided once registration is completed). Required online portion to be completed before the course date.

    Classes are 11:00am to 6:00pm following the pretests.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

For additional information, contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or by email.

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Red Cross course includes 1 and 2 rescuer adult CPR; infant and child CPR; obstructed airway management; AED; and barrier devices. Textbook and mask included.

  • CPR/AED Review
    This is an American Red Cross review class for people who have current professional level CPR cards. Cards must be brought to class. Mask included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.
First Aid Training

For additional information, contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or by email.

  • First Aid

    This will be an American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or an American Safety & Health Institute course that covers checking scene safety; legal considerations; addressing bleeding, burns, bone and muscle injuries; and sudden illnesses. Textbook is included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 years and above)

Learn the skills and knowledge to perform water rescues. Participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificate. Participants must pass a pre-test before taking the course.

For additional information, contact Duke Munzer at 908 766 7898 x518 or via webmail.

  • Lifeguard Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Please register for your Lifeguard Pretest. Once you pass the pretest, you will be enrolled in and charged for the next Lifeguard Certification course.

    Participants must swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, using front crawl, breaststroke, or combination of both. Swimming on back or side is not allowed.

    Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on back with both hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

  • Lifeguard Certification Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Participants must first register for and pass the Lifeguard Pretest. Upon successful pre-test completion, you payment method will be charged the balance for the course: $300 for Members and $350 for Non-Members.

    Course includes Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certifications. Curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in the water and on land and two final written exams. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course. Attendance is required at all classes. 

  • Lifeguard Recertification (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certification. (Please note: participants must attend all dates in range.)

    The class is open to participants who are 15 years of age by the last day of class and have current American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer/Lifeguard certifications.

    To enroll in the course, you must be able to demonstrate the following PRECOURSE SKILLS on the first day of the Lifeguarding course:

    Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. 

    Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.

    Tread water 2 minutes using legs only. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.

    Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Goggles not allowed.

    Surface dive either feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on their back with both hands on object and face out of the water to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Reducing the stigma associated with Mental Health isn’t easy, but we are committed to making strides. In collaboration with other local organizations, the Y has taken a leadership position to offer ongoing, sustained education to the community in hopes of educating individuals about mental health, building awareness, and connecting people to the appropriate mental health care providers.

MHFA is an evidence-based, public education program certification course that helps participants recognize, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

For more information or to register, contact Lynne Applebaum at 908 766 7898, 522 or by email.

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid (Ages 18+ years)
    This interactive, 8-hour course gives participants an overview of mental illness and teaches them about the risk factors of common mental illnesses in adults including depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, and substance abuse disorder. Those who complete the course become certified as Mental Health First Aiders and will be able to implement a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

    Cost: $50 Member | $50 Community
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (Ages 16+ years)

    This interactive 8-hour course presents the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide. Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for mature teenagers (16 and older). Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth at home, at work or in the community will benefit from becoming a certified Mental Health First Aider.

    Cost: $50 Member | $50 Community

Babysitting Training (Ages 11 years and above)

For more information, please contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or email.

  • Babysitter Training (Ages 11 years and above)

    This American Red Cross course is designed for students ages 11+ and provides them with the information and hands-on skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 11. It also provides youth with some tools on how to manage a babysitting business. In this class you learn how to: respond to emergencies with first aid and rescue breathing, make good decisions under pressure, communicate effectively with parents, recognize safety and hygiene issues, manage young children, and feed, diaper and care for infants. This 7-hour, in‑person course also provides some basic First Aid training.

Somerville YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

For more information, contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or by email.

  • CPR/AED FULL Class

    This American Heart Association BLS classroom-based course teaches how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Pocket mask and textbook included.

  • CPR/AED Review

    This is an American Red Cross review class for people who have current professional level CPR cards. Cards must be brought to class. Mask included.

    Classes are 2 hours 30 minutes long.

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15 years and above)

For more information, contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or via webmail.

These courses, for individuals age 15 years and older, include Lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. To enroll in these courses, certain swim skills must be demonstrated as a prerequisite for participation.

  • Lifeguard Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Please register for your Lifeguard Pretest. Once you pass the pretest, you will be enrolled in and charged for the next Lifeguard Certification course.

    Participants must swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on back with both hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

    Cost: $25


  • Lifeguarding Certification Course (Ages 15 and above)

    Learn the skills and knowledge needed to perform water rescue, as well as First Aid and CPR. Participants will receive American Red Cross Liefeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificates. Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the course and pass the pre-test before taking the course. The fee does not include the pre-test. The total cost of the course with pre-test is $325 for members and $375 for non-members; the balance will be charged upon completion to your chosen payment method.

    Course Cost: $300 Member | $350 Non-Member

    Attendance is required at all classes.

    Pre-Test 1 Course 1 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    September 15 | 4:00 - 5:00pm      
    TBD

    Pre-Test 1 Course 1 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    July 7 | 4:00-5:00pm


    July 7   5:00pm - 9:00pm
    July 8   9:00am - 4:00pm
    July 9   9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Lifeguarding Review Course (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Curriculum includes testing of in-water practical skills, on-land practical skills and two final written exams. No classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment provided. Review materials before taking course (an online link will be provided once registration is completed).

    Cost: $150 Member | $200 Non-Member


    Review Course 3
    Somerville YMCA
    Sunday, August 20 | 11:00am-8:00pm


    For more information, please contact Valerie Deraville at 908 526 0688 x511 or by email.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Reducing the stigma associated with Mental Health isn’t easy, but we are committed to making strides. In collaboration with other local organizations, the Y has taken a leadership position to offer ongoing, sustained education to the community in hopes of reducing the stigma of mental health, building awareness, and connecting people to the appropriate mental health care providers.

MHFA is an evidence-based, public education program certification course that helps participants recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

For more information please contact Kate Russo at 908 722 4567 or email

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid
    This interactive, 8-hour course (over 2 days) gives participants an overview of mental illness and teaches them about the risk factors of common mental illnesses in adults including depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, and substance abuse disorder. Those who complete the course become certified as Mental Health First Aiders and will be able to implement a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
    This interactive 8-hour course (over 2 days) presents the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide. Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for mature teenagers (16 and older). Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth at home, at work or in the community will benefit from becoming a certified Mental Health First Aider.