Being a lifeguard is not all about sitting in a chair and twirling a whistle. You have a very important responsibility to make sure people are safe while they have fun swimming.

The Quincy YMCA wants to make sure that all lifeguards are trained and certified to deal with any situation that may happen on the job. The YMCA will be offering lifeguard certification classes the week of August 13 - 18. These classes are for members ($120) and non-members ($140) of the Quincy YMCA.

These classes are designed for entry-level lifeguards and will teach participants how to react in certain situations. The American Red Cross will also be there to teach how to provide care for emergencies, injuries, and illness until emergency medical services personnel arrives.

I was a lifeguard back in the day, and it taught me to be responsible and attentive. You are literally saving people's lives if anything happens to go wrong. It's a big responsibility and I'm glad that the YMCA is taking steps to make sure that lifeguards are properly trained.

If you are interested in getting certified as lifeguard contact the Quincy YMCA or CLICK HERE for more information.