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Skills & Training for Teens

The Y offers valuable trainings for teens to develop skills that help to open doors to employment opportunities. Teens can get certified in lifeguarding, CPR and First-Aid.

Bridgewater YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

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

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Red Cross 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 1
    Course 1 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    November 3, 4:00-5:00 pm
    Friday, November 3 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday, November 4 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sunday, November 5 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • 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


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


Hillsborough YMCA

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Babysitting Training (Ages 11 years and older)

This American Red Cross course is designed for students ages 11 years and older and teaches how to respond to emergencies with first aid and rescue breathing, making good decisions under pressure, communicating effectively with parents, recognizing safety and hygiene issues, managing young children, and how to feed, diaper and care for infants. This 6-hour, in-person course also provides some basic First Aid training, as well as basic tools for youth to manage a babysitting business. The cost is $125.

For more information, please contact Lisa Slover via webmail or at 908 369 0490 x717.

  • Babysitting Training (Ages 11 years to 15 years)
    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.

CPR/AED Training

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

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers with First Aid
    Built for healthcare and public safety professionals, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is a professional-level CPR/AED program focused on developing the critical thinking, problem solving, and team dynamics skills that are critical to effective patient care. First Aid teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies. Students who successfully complete this course will receive certifications for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and First Aid that are valid for two years.

    Check back soon for dates and times.

  • CPR/AED Full Class

    This American Red Cross 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.


  • 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 Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificates.Curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in the water and on land and two final written exams. Participants must be 15 years old by the end of the course and pass the pre-test* before taking the course. Attendance is required at all classes. Certification Course Pre-test registration is below. The cost is $25 for the pre-test.

    Upon successful pre-test completion, your payment method will be charged the balance for the course: $300 for Members and $350 for the Community.


    NOVEMBER

    Pre-Test Date Pre-Test Time Certification Course Date (must attend all days) Certification Course Time
    Friday, Nov. 10
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Friday, Nov. 10
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Saturday, Nov. 11
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
        Sunday, Nov. 12 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    JANUARY

    Pre-Test Date Pre-Test Time Certification Course Date (must attend all days) Certification Course Time
    Friday, Jan. 5 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Friday, Jan. 5
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Saturday, Jan. 6
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
        Sunday, Jan. 7 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Lifeguard Certification Course 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 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 included (please bring CPR mask to class). Review materials before taking course. Classes are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm following the pretests. Review Course Pre-test registration is below. The cost is $25 for the pre-test.


    NOVEMBER

    Pre-Test Date Pre-Test Time Review Course Date
    Review Course Time
    Sunday, Nov. 5 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Sunday, Nov. 5
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm


    JANUARY

    Pre-Test Date Pre-Test Time Review Course Date
    Review Course Time
    Sunday, Jan. 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Sunday, Jan. 14
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm


  • Lifeguard Review Course Pretest (Ages 15 years and above)

Somerset Hills YMCA

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Babysitting Training (Ages 11 years and above)

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

  • 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.

CPR/AED Training

For additional information, contact Suzi Pellegrino at 908 766 7898 x604 or via webmail.

  • 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 via webmail.

  • 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.

Pre-College Safety Program (High school seniors)

Going away to college for the first time can be overwhelming for both parents and students, and personal safety issues are top on the list. This pre-college program, offered by the American Tae Kwon Do Academy (ATKDA) and Somerset Hills YMCA, is designed to give high school seniors an understanding of the safety risks associated with college life.  Students will learn basic prevention strategies for avoiding crimes of opportunity and self-defense techniques, including verbal and non-verbal strategies, to stay safe.

Check back for future offerings.

Somerville YMCA

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CPR/AED Training

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

  • CPR/AED FULL Class

    This American Red Cross 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 2 - Somerville YMCA Course 2 Certification Days (must attend all days)
    Friday, November 10     
    Friday, November 10, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
      Saturday, November 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
      Sunday, November 12, 10:00am - 5:00pm 

    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

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


    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

    9:00am - 6:00pm
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