Lifeguarding Requirements

ALL DCR Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age and must be certified in three general areas:

  • Lifeguard Training
  • First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


The following list highlights those training programs which meet our certification requirements.  Note: Applicants need only possess one of the listed certifications in each category.


General Requirements for ALL Lifeguards

  • Lifeguard Training
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training; or
  • YMCA Lifeguarding

First Aid

  • American Red Cross Community First Aid & Safety; or
  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid; or
  • National Safety Council "Green Cross" 8 Hour First Aid course

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

  • American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer / AED; or
  • American Heart Association CPR for the Health Care Provider issued within the last year.

Note: This is a partial listing of acceptable certifications. If your certificate is not listed above, please contact us to determine whether your certification meets our minimum certification requirements.

Lifeguards earn 13.26 per hour, well above the Massachusetts average. All lifeguards will be paid every two weeks.

If you don't have the necessary certifications, contact your local American Red Cross Chapter for information on courses in your area.