Welcome to Youngstown Lifeguard Academy
We Save Lives
We Save Lives
Lifeguard training yields an extremely cost-effective rescue strategy. Lifeguards have always provided first aid as well as rescue. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and general first aid training are standard requirements for most lifeguards. In addition, many lifeguards are now both trained and certified to use advanced lifesaving tools such as the external defibrillator and portable oxygen. In some communities, lifeguards have taken on broader public safety responsibilities, such as advanced life support, coastal cliff rescue, and law enforcement.
Lifeguards are first responders. To fulfill the responsibilities of a certified lifeguard, trainees must be able to swim; be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared to do their job in a variety of aquatic settings. Lifeguard trainees must be at least 15 years of age at time of program completion. Lifeguards must be able to recognize hazardous situations to prevent injury. They must be able to supervise swimmers, minimize dangers, educate facility users about safety, enforce rules and regulations, provide assistance and perform rescues. Lifeguards must maintain their skills to ensure their ability to work effectively with others as a part of a lifeguard team. Participation in frequent and ongoing training is essential.
Lifeguarding is a challenging and important job. Being an effective lifeguard requires commitment and a lot of work, but the personal and professional benefits are well worth the effort.
Training at YMCA
"Lifeguards are urgently needed across the globe."
Being a lifeguard requires maturity, professionalism, and competence in specialized rescue technique.
We provide lifeguard certification, disaster preparedness, AEDs, CPR, and scuba diving training.
NO CHARGE (limited time)
According to the Recruiter, " Vacancies for this career have increased by 8.62 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 1.44 percent per year. Demand for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers is expected to go up, with an expected 10,659 new jobs filled by 2018 ."
The Youngstown Lifeguard Academy (YLA) partners with the YMCA, Parks and Recreation Department, Fire Department, and community leaders to recruit, train, and make employment connections for American Red Cross certified lifeguards. The YMCA provides valuable resources in youth development, swimming, and facilities for large swimming classes. Parks and Recreation embodies community activities and provides us with critical skills in organizing large groups.
Lifeguard candidates and graduating lifeguards' aquatics training is based on the YMCA's training. We provide youths ages 15-24 with training and skill development to fulfill the responsibilities of a certified lifeguard. Lifeguards gain appropriate knowledge and proficiency to help prevent and respond to emergencies. The knowledge gained and skills developed lead to successful employment, social responsibility, leadership growth, and community involvement.
All training promotes learning to manage real work experiences through self-discipline, physical training, and decision-making that will provide a pathway to better personal decisions, employment, and higher education.
leadership, management, fundraising, communications, planning, strategizing, marketing, problem-solving
an essential component of community economic development in the academy services. We educate and train individuals, and recruit them to join the aquatic first responder industry in order to maintain a sustainable competitive economic environment.
opportunities for improvement when it comes to skill-set or competency level. Structured training and development programs to ensure aquatic trainees have a consistent experience when it comes to learning about American Red Cross expectations, services, products, processes, policies, and procedures.
aims to take marketing back to its roots and focuses on a human to human connection.
spanning the entire digital realm and non-digital world where people still have conversations about saving lives through jobs and workforce development.
planning, organizing, auditing, accounting for and controlling YLA's finances.
oversees all the fundraising functions of the department. Responsibilities include managing the budget, managing workers or volunteers, organizing events, developing donors, and grant writing
Tarpley is a founding member of Youngstown Lifeguard Academy. His passion for working with at-risk youth is evidenced by his more than 40 years history of public service. He is an accomplished former American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. He has been a National Youth Coordinator and National Youth Leadership Developer with Youth Build, USA. His dedication to helping under-served youth shows when he founded the Youngstown Youth Council under Major Patrick J. Ungaro. Government service is also part of his history. He is a former elected Official, Somerville Board of Alderman, and a member of Electoral College of 1998 in the State of Massachusetts.
Smith brings incredible history in public service as a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, RECON. He too was a former lifeguard trained by Mr. Tarpley. He became a lifeguard at the Youngstown Parks and Recreation Department back in day.
Peterson has strong ties to the community as a former YouthBuild USA, Youth Caucus Member. He brings to YLA his strength in creating healthy environments for at-risk underserved youth.
Public service is the lifeblood of Lance. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and former lifeguard at the Youngstown Parks and Recreation department - and yes, Tarpley, when he was a practicing Water Safety Instructor trained Lance too. Pastor Bankhead is pastor of Georgetown United Methodist Church in Youngstown.
Chief Finley is a lifelong resident of Youngstown. Chief Finley served in the US Army from 1985 to 1988, working as a highly-trained and motivated infantry soldier. While stationed at The National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, he trained with US soldiers in how to fight in desert conditions, a skill that is being put to use today. He attended Stark Technical College in 1991 and received his firefighter certification. He was hired to work for the City of Youngstown, Division of Fire in March of 1993 and worked his way up through the ranks to Lieutenant and Captain. Chief Finley was the commander of the fire department technical rescue team and assistant commander of the department honor guard. Chief Finley was appointed fire chief by Mayor Jamal Tito Brown in February of 2018.
Chief Finley holds certifications as a firefighter and EMT/paramedic instructor, graduating from Canton Aultman Paramedic program and receiving his certification from the state of Ohio in 1990, a certification that he still holds. Chief Finley also graduated from The Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute, which is designed to mold ambitious firefighters into highly motivated chief officers in the fire service, and from Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, receiving his license as a registered nurse in the state of Ohio in 2009. He was subsequently hired by Humility of Mary Health Partners, working in the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren and on the Mobile Intensive Care unit. Most recently, Chief Finley graduated from Youngstown State University with his Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2019.
Is committed to community service and youth development. Carter is a Youngstown Parks and Recreation Department employee.
Ms. Shells is an attorney for the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office. Experienced Assistant Prosecutor with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Juvenile Law, Working with Juvenile Offenders, Family Law, Juvenile Justice, and Juvenile Court. Strong legal professional with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence; Masters of Public Administration focused in Law from The University of Akron.
Burton is a former YouthBuild USA, Chair of National Leaders Council. He brings a much needed perspective on youth leadership and how YLA can be successful in this important area of youth development.
Pippin is a former lifeguard with the Youngstown Parks and Recreation Department. His training helped him to succeed in operating his own business, Piippin Tree Removal.
Folkes is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. He brings to YLA his expertise in aquatics as a first responder. His training and technical expertise with ensure our commitment to developing strong, employable, resourceful youth.
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1327 Florencedale Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44505, United States
09:00 am – 05:00 pm