Adult - Skills & Training

Pursue continuing education and skills trainings at the Y.

Metuchen YMCA

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AARP Defensive Driving Class
this class is to improve your driving skills and possibly earn you a discount on your insurance.

If you have any questions please contact
  • AARP Defensive Driving Class

    AARP Members: $20.00 AARP Non-Members: $25.00

Lifeguard Certification (Age 15+)
  • Lifeguard Certification (Age 15+)

    Minimum age: 15 years old

    Swim 300 yards continuously

    Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs

    Complete the following timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

    -Starting in the water, swim 20 yards

    -Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object

    -Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point

    -Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

    For more information call Andew Palmer at 732.548.2044 ext 2225 or email

    Course date and times are as followed:
    June  9th 12:30pm-1pm
    June 10th and June 12th at 7pm-8pm
    Please bring proof of age, must be 15 years of age by June 1st
    Participants must attend ALL days.
    JUNE 14TH -4-9PM
    JUNE 15TH -11AM-5PM
    JUNE 16TH -10AM-6PM
    JUNE 21ST -4-8PM
    JUNE 22ND -12-5PM

ESL- English Classes
Conversation Group and Family Literacy Group 
Classes are open to adults 18 years or older.
For more information please contact Melissa Bernstein, Program Director
Literacy New Jersey-Middlesex Program
732.906-5456 or

ESL  English Pronunciation Classes help individuals speak with more confidence and ease.
ESL Book Club-our book club will explore the ways writers talk about faraway places or plunge into secret regions and share these worlds with their readers.

No membership required. 
For more information contact Robin Guensch at

  • ESL- English Classes

South Amboy YMCA

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CPR/AED First Aid Certification
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certification

    Participants who complete a class will be certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and AED Training through the American Red Cross. 

Lifeguard Certification (Ages 15+)
  • Lifeguard Certification

    American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class

    Participants completing this course will be certified in Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and AED Training. Call the South Amboy YMCA to reserve your spot, members are $300  and non-Members are $350. If hired by the YMCA, after 6 months of employment 50% of the class will be refunded. Class fees include the costs of course materials such as books, pocket masks, and certification cards. All materials are distributed on the first day of the class.

    • Must be 15 years old by the last day of class
    • Must complete pre-test the Wednesday prior to the class at 7 pm
    • Must have a ride to the Metuchen YMCA for deep water portion on last day of the class 1pm-5pm.
    • First day of classs will be from 6-9pm, then 9-5pm the last two. 

    Our goal as instructors is to help students successfully complete their certification goals, students are sometimes not able to adequately complete the stated requirements for the course. Payment of the course fee and participation in class does not guarantee certification; students must successfully complete all course objectives in order to be certified.

Self Defense
  • Self Defense

    Learn proper self defense techniques that can be applied to real life situations.  The techniques will be easy to learn and easy to use, making them suitable for members of all ages and abilities.  The class will also educate members on how to identify potentially threatening situations and how to avoid them.