If you're looking to work at a beach, whether a lake, pond, or ocean, you must possess the appropriate waterfront skills and knowledge as evidenced by certification in the American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding module or the YMCA Lifeguarding certification.

Call your local American Red Cross Chapter to learn how you can become certified in Waterfront Lifeguarding. These classes are often hard to find and are not frequently scheduled, so don't wait until the last minute; Call today!

Lifeguards at all ocean beaches will also be expected to complete a Run-Swim-Run as part of the application process. Additional information relative to this timed event can be found on our Employment Test Information page.

Click here to view the general requirements applicable to all DCR lifeguards .

Salary
Waterfront Lifeguards earn $492.67 per 40hr week ( $12.32 per hr), 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.

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.

 

Salary
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.