Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for NYS Children's Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities

Fact Sheet – March 2018

The New York State Sanitary Code requires certain staff to possess a valid two-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification in a course accepted by the Department as providing an adequate level of training as follows:

  • Children's Camps – CPR certification is required for the health director and other staff specified in Subpart 7-2.8 and 7-2.11(a)(5), aquatics director, lifeguards and certain trip and activity leaders1.
  • Swimming Pools and Bathing Beaches – CPR certification is required for all lifeguards (Supervision Levels I, IIa, IIb), as specified in Subpart 6-1 and Subpart 6-2 of the State Sanitary Code.

CPR certifications are valid for ONE year from the date of certification, regardless of expiration date on card.
Provider Certification Title
American Heart Association BLS Instructor
BLS Provider (Course title - Basic Life Support)
American Lifeguard Association CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor Led
American Red Cross
*Any certification title containing the following wording is acceptable, including "Review" or "Challenge":
- "CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers"; or
- "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers"
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers*
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers*
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid*
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers*
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED - Title may include "Review"
American Safety & Health Institute Basic Life Support BLS for Healthcare Providers and Professional Rescuers
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR & AED
EMS Safety Services, Inc. (EMS Safety) BLS for Healthcare Providers - Certification must indicate that Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Infant CPR were taught
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada BLS HCP Heartsaver (C) Provider
BLS Provider
Healthcare professional/AED (C) 5H
National Safety Council Basic Life Support for Healthcare & Professional Rescuers
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Municipal CPR: Basic Life Support
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation CPR/AED for Lifeguards, Camp Counselors and Camp Directors
Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City CPR PLUS
St. John Ambulance Canada CPR Level C & AED


  1. A trip leader of a camp trip that includes an activity where emergency medical care is not readily available or an activity such as wilderness hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, swimming and/or boating shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certification in a course listed on this Fact Sheet. An activity leader of an activity on the camp property where other CPR certified staff is not readily available shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certification in a course listed on this Fact Sheet.