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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 by email.

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.

  • Waterfront Lifeguarding Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

    Must pass the Pre-Test before taking the course. Pretest will be done on the first day of class. Upon successful completion of all sessions and skills, all candidates will be certified with Pool & Waterfront Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. The Waterfront Certification allows the student to also lifeguard at a lake. Please note that this is a blended learning course. Blended learning combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. This cuts the class time significantly and allows you to watch the videos at your convenience. Please plan to complete the online lessons of your training at least two days prior to your first day. Participants must be 15 by the end of the course.

  • Waterfront Lifeguarding 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.

    Blended Learning American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Course. Course includes Pool and Waterfront Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer 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)
    March 3 at 4:00pm


    March 3   5:00pm - 9:00pm
    March 4   10:00am - 5:00pm
    March 5   10:00am - 5:00pm
    Pre-Test Certification Days (must attend all days)
    March 31 at 4:00pm


    March 31   5:00pm - 9:00pm
    April 1   10:00am - 5:00pm
    April 2   10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lifeguarding Recertification (Ages 15 years and above)

    For those who have already completed the lifeguard training class, but their certifications are expiring. This class includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED and First Aid.

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 by email.

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)
    Jan. 6 at 4:00pm


    Jan. 6  5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Jan. 7  9:00am - 6:00pm
    Jan. 8  9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Lifeguarding Recertification (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certification.

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 by email.

  • 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.

  • 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 Certifications

  • Lifeguard Recertification (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certification.

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 or to register, contact Lynne Applebaum at 908 766 7898, 522 or by 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.

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 by email.

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.

  • 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.

    Blended Learning American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Course. Course includes Pool and Waterfront Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer 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)
    Feb. 24 at 4:00pm


    Feb. 24   5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Feb. 25   10:00am - 5:00pm
    Feb. 26   10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Lifeguarding Recertification (Ages 15 years and above)

    Update your Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED certification.

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.