Aquatic Certifications for Bathing Facilities

Fact Sheet - February 2014

Standards for aquatic/lifeguard certifications are contained in New York State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-1, Section 6-1.31, Swimming Pools; Subpart 6-2, Section 6-2.20, Bathing Beaches; Subpart 7-2, Section 7-2.5(g), Children's Camps. When the State Sanitary Code requires "lifeguard supervision" or a "qualified lifeguard" at a bathing facility, an approved lifeguard certification SPECIFIC to the type of bathing facility is required.

  • All lifeguards must possess separate cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification in an approved course, unless otherwise indicated in the below table. All CPR certificates are valid for 1 year from course completion, regardless of the expiration date noted on the card.
  • Lifeguard certifications shall be valid for the time period specified by the certifying agency, but may not exceed a consecutive 3-year period from course completion. Multiyear lifeguard certifications that include CPR require a CPR certification each year.
  • Children's camp lifeguards must be at least 17 years of age, except:
    • A maximum of 50% of the required lifeguards on duty may be 16 years of age; and
    • Lifeguards for wilderness swimming must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Supervising lifeguards must possess at least Supervision Level IIb certification, be at least 18 years old, and have at least 2 seasons of lifeguarding experience.
ACCEPTED COURSES
  SUPERVISION LEVEL
Marked boxes indicate acceptability
Provider Certification Title Level 1
Surf
Level IIb
Pool & Beach
Level IIa
Pool Only
American Red Cross (ARC)1 Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (New 2012)     X
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED with Waterpark Skills Module (New 2012)     X
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED with Waterfront Skills Module (New 2012)2   X X
Lifeguarding     X
Waterpark Lifeguarding     X
Waterfront Lifeguarding   X X
American Lifeguard Association (ALA)3 Lifeguarding Instructor-Led Course     X
Waterpark Lifeguarding Instructor-Led Course     X
Waterfront Lifeguarding Instructor-Led Course   X X
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)4 Lifeguard, BSA   X X
Aquatics Instructor, BSA   X X
Breezy Point Cooperative, Inc. Breezy Point Surf Lifeguard X    
Cattaraugus County EMS Cattaraugus County EMS Lifeguard Training Program   X X
Hamptons Consortium Hamptons Consortium Surf Lifeguard X X X
Ellis & Associates Inc., International Lifeguard Training Program5 Pool Lifeguard Training     X
Special Facilities Lifeguard Training     X
Special Facilities Lifeguard Training with Open Water Training6   X X
Incorporated Village of Saltaire Ocean Lifeguard Certificate X    
Bay Front Lifeguard Certificate   X  
Lindenhurst School District Lindenhurst School District Surf Lifeguard X X X
Nassau County Department of Health "Day Camp Only"     X
Grade 1A     X
Grade 1B     X
Grade II   X X
Grade III X X X
Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums "Day Camp Only"     X
Grade 1A     X
Grade 1B     X
Grade II   X X
Grade III X X X
New York City Department of Parks Municipal Lifeguard X X X
Municipal Lifeguard "pool only"     X
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York State Lifeguard   X X
Royal Life Saving Society, Canada7 National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Pool     X
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Waterfront   X  
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Surf X    
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Waterpark     X
Starfish Aquatics Institute, Inc.8 StarGuard Best Practices for Lifeguards     X
StarGuard Best Practices for Lifeguards with Waterfront Specialty Module Training9   X X
Suffolk County Department of Parks Ocean Lifeguard Training X    
Stillwater Lifeguard Training Course   X  
Town of Babylon Ocean Lifeguard X X X
Stillwater Lifeguard Training Course   X X
Town of Brookhaven Ocean Theory Course X X X
Town of East Hampton Surf Lifeguard X X X
Pool and Beach Lifeguard   X X
Town of Islip Surf Lifeguard X X X
Pool and Beach Lifeguard   X X
Town of Southampton Ocean Lifeguard X X X
Stillwater Lifeguard   X X
Village of Ocean Beach Ocean Beach Atlantic Ocean Lifeguard Course X X X
YMCA YMCA Lifeguard   X X
Lifeguard   X X
2011 Edition Lifeguard Certification   X X
SHALLOW WATER CERTIFICATION
Provider Certification Title Valid for Shallow Pools as Indicated
American Red Cross (ARC)1 Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (New 2012) Water depths of 5 feet or less.
Shallow Water Attendant Water depths of 4 feet or less.
American Lifeguard Association (ALA)3 Shallow Water Lifeguard Instructor-Led Course Water depths of 4 feet or less.
Ellis & Associates Inc., International Lifeguard Training Program5 Shallow Water Lifeguard Water depths of 5 feet or less.

Footnotes

  1. A certification in the old ARC curriculum remains valid until expiration, BUT no later than 8/30/2015, as courses in the old ARC curriculum will no longer be taught after 8/31/2012. For courses indicated as new in 2012, the following apply:
    • Lifeguarding and first aid certifications are valid for 2 years from date of issuance.
    • A separate certificate for CPR is NOT required in first year of certification.
  2. The waterfront skills module may be a separate certificate.
  3. Certificate must state the words "Instructor-Led Course"
  4. All certifications are valid for 3 years from date of issuance and card holder must be at least 15 years of age (17 years of age for children's camps).
  5. Separate certificate for CPR is not required in the first year of certification.
  6. Certificate must indicate completion of Open Water Training.
  7. All certifications are valid for 2 years from date of issuance.
  8. Certification is valid for 1 year from date of issuance and certificate must specify "Meets NY State Department of Health Regulations." Separate Certicate for CPR is not required in the first year of certification.
  9. In "Specialty Module Training" section of certification card, "Waterfront" must not be crossed out.

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