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In addition to the trainings you will attend during staff week, Camp Cory offers several trainings free of charge during pre-season. Several of these trainings provide you with official certifications and/or the ability to earn bonuses on top of your weekly salary.

  • If you do not have your CPR/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer and cannot attend any of the Camp Cory provided trainings, you need to get the training on your own at your own cost. If you need help finding a course in the Rochester area, contact Blake Van Horn at The same thing goes for Lifeguard training only this is not a required course.

  • Camp provides housing and meals during training time at no cost.

  • Unless otherwise indicated, trainings will be located at YMCA Camp Cory and start at 9 am.

High Ropes Training

This training allows individuals to work in High Ropes and is highly encouraged for all staff. All individuals who sign up for the supervisor training in May need to have previous ropes experience and be at least 18 years of age.

CPR/First Aid Training

This certification is mandatory for all staff. If you are signing up for the lifeguard training at Camp Cory, you do not need to sign up for CPR/First Aid as well. It is included in the lifeguard certification.

Lifeguard Training

All classes include CPR/First Aid and the Waterfront Lifeguard module. New classes are for anyone who have not taken lifeguarding before and recertification classes are for those who have a current or recently expired certification. The Waterfront module only is for anyone with a current Lifeguarding Certification, but does not have the waterfront portion. (if you took your course at Camp Cory, you have the waterfront module) The challenge course is an expedited recertification course where there is little to no practice/review and you simply go through all the steps to recertification as quickly as possible.

**If you intend to take the lifeguarding training, please be aware that you are required to complete the prerequisites below.

  1. Swim 550 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.

  2. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards a part in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

  3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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 with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Specialist Training

  • All specialists need to attend this training.


Training Registration
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