These training opportunities are provided to anyone who is interested in participating. Some courses require pre-work. Successful completion of each course is dependent upon demonstrated competency and passing scores in any required testing. Contact us for more details.

Registration Policies

Courses Include
Courses include all materials unless otherwise noted. Residential courses include lodging and all meals. Commuter and one-day courses include lunch.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to 2 weeks before the start of the course will be refunded less a $35 Administrative Fee. Cancellations made within 2-weeks of the course will receive a refund based on the course and trainer agreements. Once a course has started, there will be no refunds for “no shows”, for candidates with inadequate skills (this includes failure to pass the lifeguard swim test), or failure to complete the required work.

Certification Policy
Y Camp of Maine does not guarantee that participants will pass their course. The course instructor has the final decision based on the performance of the participant. Full attendance is required for all trainings.

Other Courses
There may be more classes that we can offer in the summer please contact us for details.

Camp Rules
Y Camp of Maine is a non-smoking facility. Quiet hours begin at 11 pm. Camp is a drug free environment. Any violations of this policy will call for immediate dismissal and forfeiture of any payments made for trainings registered for.

Aquatic & Waterfront Trainings
Please note that all courses are physically demanding and occur in a fresh water lake. Water temperatures in June can be extremely cold. It is strongly recommend that participants come prepared to spend long periods of time with cold water (wet suits are allowed). Participants should be in excellent physical condition, have strong swimming skills and be prepared for a swim evaluation.

Please Note: If the water temperatures are too cold, Y Camp of Maine will hold its trainings at the Kennebec Valley YMCA. This does depend on availability.

Discounts are available for multiple participants from the same organization for those taking individual courses, or individuals that are registered for numerous courses. Please call or email for complete details.

Online Registration Required
Some courses require online registration through Y Exchange learning & career development center LCDC and some require online e- learning. Directions will be sent after payment and registration received.

Confirmation will be sent once payment and registration is received via email.

Payment is required with registration, or a suitable agreement at the discretion of the camp director. Should training be cancelled a full refund will be returned. We reserve the right to cancel courses with low enrollment 1 week before the course start date. No refunds for no-shows. ALL Courses have a minimum and maximum enrollment.


This course provides training & renewal to individuals with certification from other approved lifeguard training agencies. This is a modified course that acknowledges current lifeguard experience and provides participants with the education to become a certified Lifeguard. In addition, participants will also renew their certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen and the Lifeguard course. This course requires 3 hours of online e-learning, which must be completed before the course start date. This course satisfies the ACA Standard PA 15 Swim Lifeguard Qualification. & State of Maine Qualification for Lifeguard.

- Hold current lifeguard certification from a nationally recognized approved lifeguard training agency
Complete the Lifeguard, BLS, First Aid, & Oxygen eLearning courses. Pass the following three-phased Physical Competency

Requirements, same as Lifeguard requirements

Dates: June 10-11, 2017 9 AM6 PM at Kennebec Valley YMCA
Cost: $175

    (includes Waterfront and Waterpark Qualification)

    This course is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will be certified in CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community and Emergency Oxygen Ad- ministration. The course presents information on the skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and Waterpark environments. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard. This course requires 8 1⁄2 hours of online E Learning, that must be completed before the course starts. This course satisfies the ACA Standard PA 15 Swim Lifeguard Qualification & State of Maine Qualification for Lifeguard.


- Complete the Lifeguard, BLS, First Aid, & Oxygen eLearning courses
Pass the following three-phased Physical Competency test

Phase 1
- Tread water for 2 minutes (legs only)
- Swim 100 yards of front crawl

  • Phase 2
    - Swim 50 yards of each: Front crawl with the head up, Breaststroke,
    Breaststroke with the head up, & Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest
    - Perform a feet-first surface-dive in 8 to 10 feet of water Then swim underwater for 15 feet.

    Phase 3
    Starting in the shallow end of the water, sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet
    - Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for at least one minute with legs only, replace the object back to bottom of the pool where it was found
    - Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of water
    Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for one minute or 100 compressions, stand and listen to directions from instructor

    Dates: June 12-14, 2017 9 AM7 PM at Y Camp
    Cost: $255


    This course prepares participants to train the YMCA Lifeguard, Lifeguard Crossover and YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistant courses. It provides participants the background of the YMCA Lifeguard Program and the skills to train others in CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration and YMCA Lifeguard.

    Current Y Lifeguard v 6th edition course or enrollment in Lifeguard crossover or instructor crossoverrequires LGI from a national recognized agency
    Completion of all e-learning courses for lifeguard instructor, BLS, Oxygen, & First Aid
    - Complete all physical competency requirements

  • Dates: LGI CrossoverJune 11, 9 AM6 PM AT Kennebec Valley YMCA, June 12-14 9 AM8 PM at Y Camp of Maine
    LGI June 12-14 9 AM
    8 PM at Y Camp of Maine
    Cost: LGI Crossover $285, LGI: $260


This course teaches how to effectively recognize and respond to small Craft emergencies and provide appropriate rescue techniques. Small Craft Safety: Canoeing, Kayaking, & Sailing certifications will be awarded, which are valid for 3 years. This course meets the ACA Standard PA-20 Watercraft Supervisor Qualification & State of Maine Qualifications for Watercraft Instruction.

Date: June 15, 2017, 9 AM5 PM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $100


Join a former Camp Sailing Coordinator and United States Coast Guard assistant training petty officer for a sailing workshop. Participants will learn & demonstrate the proper way to wear & put away a PFD, Sunfish/Aqua Finn sailboat nomenclature, how to rig a Sunfish/ Aqua Finn, get underway from the mooring & return in a sea person like manner, furl the sail & secure the boat to the mooring, Learn several points of sail, and how to tie important nautical knots and how to right a capsized Sunfish/Aqua Finn. Topics will also be covered on how to teach children sailing skills. This is a workshop not a National Recognized certification program. A certificate of completion will be given.

Date: June 16, 2017, 11 AM7 PM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $75


BLS CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer is a basic life support program designed for camp counselors, camp supervisory staff, lifeguards, and healthcare personnel. The program covers: airway obstruction; CPR/AED and the treatment of cardiac and respiratory emergencies. The emergency oxygen course focuses on treatment for respiratory emergencies utilizing emergency oxygen. The first aid course covers injury prevention strategies and how to treat children and adults suffering from spinal injuries, heat & cold related injuries, & soft tissue injuries. All of these courses satisfy the American Camp Association Standard HW-1 Part A. This course satisfies State of Maine Guidelines. Online E-learning is required for this course.

Date: June 16, 2017 6 PM10 PM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $45

Oxygen only: June 17, 2017 8 9 AM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $15

(Meets ACA PA-19)

This training awards the YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor V6 Certification. After successful completion of this course, Instructors will be able to identify components of the YMCA Swim Lessons V6 continuum, demonstrate the behaviors of an effective YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor, maintain an inclusive environment of learning while keeping order in a positive and safe environment, employ swim teaching techniques that breakdown the critical features of a swimmer’s skill progression at any age and stage and demonstrate the swim instructor’s role in the safety process and during an emergency. This course satisfies ACA Standard, PA-19 & Maine Swim Lesson Instructor guidelines for Swim Lessons.

- Be at least 16 years of age on the last day of scheduled course
- Principles of Youth Development (eLearning)
- YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor: Orientation (eLearning)
- YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor: Observe and Communicate (eLearning)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Oxygen and First AidAvailable June 16
- Demonstrate proficiency in the following strokes by swimming 25 yards of each, at least 4 in good form: Front crawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Butterfly, Elementary Backstroke, & Backstroke
Tread water for 2 minutes using a variety of kicks (egg beater, whip, and scissor)

  • Dates: June 17,2017 9AM7PM, June 18, 2017 9AM1PM at Y Camp of Maine
    : $175 with printed manual, $150 with digital PDF book/ printing book


    This course is designed for YMCA staff who work directly with teens. Course participants will develop a basic understanding of the core competencies needed to work effectively with and to facilitate age appropriate activities for teens. Participants will also learn the ages and stages of development for adolescents, fundamentals of
    positive youth development (assets) and trends and issues impacting teens. Finally, participants will develop a better understanding of the importance of building positive, healthy relationships with teens, involving and empowering teens and guiding their behavior.

    Date: June 19, 2017 9 AM5 PM at Y Camp of Maine
    Cost: $50


The Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a "grassroots" program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4-H, and Parks and Recreation. Course content includes range safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair, and how to teach the basic steps of shooting.

Minimum age: 15
Dates: June 22, 2017 9 AM-6 PM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $170


The Level 2 Instructor works with an archery program with a strong beginner component. Level 2 Instructors are also certified to teach Level 1 courses. Basic shooting steps, introduce intermediate shooting steps, safety, range set-up; equipment setup and repair, fitting equipment to an archer, how to teach archery.

Level 1 certification or concurrent enrollment is REQUIRED

Minimum age: 18
Dates: June 22 & 23, 2017 9 AM
6 PM at Y Camp of Maine
Cost: $220

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