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 $1014.90 bi weekly (12.69 per hour), well above the Massachusetts average of $8.66/hour. 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.