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DCR Lifeguarding

Lifeguards are professional rescuers, trained to help prevent injuries and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together to calmly and efficiently manage crisis situations.

With a commitment to water safety, the Department is in need of certified lifeguards and head lifeguards to work at our many pools as well as at our inland and ocean beaches. If you think you've got what it takes to work as part of our lifeguard team, check out the information in this guide and apply today!

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Join Our Lifeguard Team for the 2022 Season

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We operate pools, inland beaches and ocean waterfronts across Massachusetts  Make a difference and enjoy an awesome Summer job!

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DCR Looking for Lifeguards for Summer 2022

  • Competitive salary:  $20.00/hour, Head lifeguards $21.00/hour
  • Access to a $500 retention bonus for staying through the season
  • Full time, weekends included

The DCR will provide a free lifeguard and CPR certification course for qualified lifeguard candidates,  provided you work for us in the Summer of 2022.

Individuals must be at least 16 years of age at the time of hire and able to swim 500 yards in under 11 minutes (ocean guards under 9 minutes 30 seconds).

Don’t Wait - Call Us Now!

For further information please contact an Aquatics staff person (listed below) in the area of the State you would like to Lifeguard in.

West Region – Western MA, Springfield Area – Evelyn Jimenez (508) 726-9249 – evelyn.jimenez@mass.gov

Central Region – Central MA, Worcester County – Lauren Hopper (857) 208-1225 – lauren.hopper@mass.gov

North Region – North and West of Boston to Concord -Tony Meriano  (508) 450-7225 – anthony.meriano@mass.gov –  Jemel Robinson (617) 823-9346

Boston Region – City of Boston, Cambridge & surrounding Towns – Nadine Jesionek (781) 514-0567 – nadine.jesionek@mass.gov – Debra Jimenez (857) 283-1298

South Region – South Shore and South to Fall River & Dartmouth Areas – Allison Calise (617) 785-0987   allison.pettine@mass.gov

Aquatics Director – Jim Esposito (857) 214-0400  james.esposito@mass.gov

Key Actions for Join Our Lifeguard Team for the 2022 Season

DCR Lifeguard Certification Courses (for new Guards)

Approval to attend a Free Certification Course is required.  Classes are limited so you need to register as soon as possible.  Please contact the Aquatics Manager/Coordinator of your Region for scheduling.  If you take this free course, you are obligated to Lifeguard for DCR, otherwise you must pay for the course. 

Requirements:  Must be at least 16 years of age by June 20, 2022, a Strong Swimmer, Mature and Reliable.

Boston Region:  Nadine Jesionek, Aquatics Manager

Location   Dates
Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St., Medford MA  Class # 1 2/22 – 2/24/2022
Medford High School Class # 2 3/15 – 3/17/2022
Medford High School Class # 3 4/12 – 4/14/2022
Medford High School Class # 4 5/17 – 5/19/2022

 

Classes will be held online with tests required to be completed before the in-person classes and pool sessions start at Medford High School.

Connell Pool, 220 Broad St, Weymouth, MA                                   Feb School Vacation, TBD

Connell Pool                                                                                   April School Vacation, TBD

 

North Region:  Tony Meriano, Aquatics Manager & Jemel Robinson, Aquatics Coordinator

Location   Dates
Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St., Medford MA  Class # 1 2/22 – 2/24/2022
Medford High School Class # 2 3/15 – 3/17/2022
Medford High School Class # 3 4/12 – 4/14/2022
Medford High School Class # 4 5/17 – 5/19/2022

                                                 

Classes will be held online with tests required to be completed before the in-person classes and pool sessions start at Medford High School.

Lowell YMCA                                                                                                               TBD

Garfield School                                                                                                           TBD

YMCA of the North Shore                                                                                        TBD

Lynn YMCA of Metro North                                                                                     TBD

 

South Region:  Alli Pettine, Aquatics Coordinator

Location Dates Time
Taunton Boys and Girls Club, 31 Court St., Taunton, MA April 2 & 3 9AM - 7PM
Taunton Boys and Girls Club May 7 & 8 9AM - 7PM
Taunton Boys and Girls Club June 4 & 5 9AM - 7PM
Connell Pool, 220 Broad St., Weymouth, MA Feb School Vacation  
Connell Pool April School Vacation  

                                                

Central Region:  Lauren Hopper, Aquatics Manager

Location Dates Time

YWCA of Central Mass
1 Salem St., Worcester, MA

2/20 – 2/24/2022 9AM - 5PM
YWCA of Central Mass March 9 – May 11, Wednesday nights 6:30PM - 10PM

                                                

West Region:  Evelyn Jimenez, Aquatics Manager

Location Dates

Van Sickle Middle School
1170 Carew St, Springfield MA

4/19 – 4/23/2022

5:30pm – 9:30pm

  Saturday 4/23

8:30am – 5 pm

Lifeguard Recertification Classes & CPR Recerts (for Returning Guards)

A lifeguard Certification is good for two (2) years.  After 2 years, it must be recertified to remain valid.  It is mandatory that DCR Guards are CPR certified yearly.

Boston Region

Location                                                                          Course                                Dates

Connell Pool, 220 Broad St., Weymouth, MA        Lifeguard Recert               1/8/2022

Connell Pool                                                                   Lifeguard Recert               2/26/2022

Connell Pool                                                                   Lifeguard Recert               3/19/2022

Connell Pool                                                                   Lifeguard Recert               4/23/2022

Connell Pool                                                                   Lifeguard Recert               5/14/2022

 

North Region

Location                                                                             Course                             Dates

TBD

 

South Region

Location                                                                                         Course                Dates

TBD

 

Central Region

Location                                            Course                  Dates

YWCA of Central Mass
1 Salem St., Worcester, MA         Lifeguard Recert    12/19/2022  9am – 4pm

YWCA of Central Mass                Lifeguard Recert    2/27/2022     9am – 5pm

 

YWCA of Central Mass               CPR Recert              3/19/2022     9am – 2pm

YWCA of Central Mass               CPR Recert              5/14/2022     9:am – 2pm

 

West Region

               Location                                         Course                     Dates

Holyoke Heritage Park                                  CPR Recert             5/14/2022   8am – 11am                           

Holyoke Heritage Park                                   CPR Recert             5/14/2022   11am – 2pm

Holyoke Heritage Park                                   CPR Recert             5/21/2022   8am – 11am

Holyoke Heritage Park                                   CPR Recert             5/21/2022   11am – 2pm

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Classes

WSI certification training is required to teach Learn To Swim (LTS) Classes at a DCR Pool.  If you are interested in teaching Learn To Swim in the Summer of 2022, please reach out to the Regional Aquatics Manager or Deb Jimenez, (857) 283-1298, State Learn To Swim Coordinator

Boston Region

Location                                                                                         Dates

BCYF                                                                                                February School Vacation (TBD)

Central Region

Location                                                                                         Dates

YWCA of Central Mass                                                                Spring Course, TBD

West Region


 
Location Dates Time
Van Sickle Middle School 2/22, 23, 25, 26/2022    5:30 – 9:30 pm
  Saturday 2/26 8:30am - 12:30pm

Additional Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard courses are offered at several lifeguard training facilities across the Commonwealth.

Boston:  American Red Cross - Lifeguarding

Boston:  American Red Cross - Lifeguarding Review for Re-Certification

Brockton:  Old Colony YMCA

Cape Cod: YMCA Cape Cod

Lowell: Greater Lowell YMCA

Peabody/Lynn:  YMCA of the North Shore

Pittsfield: Pittsfield Family YMCA

Springfield:  YMCA of Greater Springfield

Somerville:  Somerville YMCA

Worcester:  Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

Worcester:  Worcester YWCA

Returning Lifeguards

CPR is only good for one year; and must run through Labor Day of 2022 if you plan to work with us next summer. You must possess a valid American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer Certification, or a valid American Heart Association for the Healthcare Provider certification. If you do not possess a current and valid CPR card that runs through Labor Day of 2022, then you will need recertification.
Please check your other certifications to see if you need to get recertifications this year. This reminder gives you plenty of notice and opportunity to get recertified before the beginning of the next season.

You will not be placed in a position until we have seen all original and valid certifications and possess a copy of them front and back, accompanying your passing written and swim test scores.
Under 18: Release of Liability signed by parent/guardian is required.

Waterfront Lifeguard Requirements

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.

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.

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

DCR Head Lifeguard Requirements

Head Lifeguards are considered to be part of the professional lifeguard leadership team for all DCR aquatic facilities. As such, head lifeguards must meet the minimum certification requirements applicable to all lifeguards at their facility. Additionally, head lifeguards must:

  • Be at least 18 years old; and
  • Possess at least one season (10 weeks) of full-time or equivalent part time lifeguarding experience; and
  • Possess certification in the American Red Cross Head Lifeguarding module; and
  • Preferably possess current certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor.

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.

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

Locations

With numerous facilities across the state providing lifeguard services, we have the location that's right for you!

Choose from the below links to visit our many pools and inland beaches! If you think you've got what it takes to work as an ocean lifeguard, be sure to visit our listing of ocean beaches as well!

Freshwater Inland Beaches

Saltwater Ocean Beaches

Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spray Decks

Image credits:  George Headley/MassIT

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