Camp Aquatics Director for NYS Children's Camps

Fact Sheet - March 2016

A camp aquatics director must oversee all swimming activities that occur at swimming pools and bathing beaches operated as part of a children’s camp. This person shall supervise lifeguards and other required staff during swimming activities and implement the camp safety plan. The camp aquatics director must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • have a minimum of:
    • one season of previous experience as a camp aquatics director at a New York State children’s camp; or
    • two seasons of previous experience consisting of at least 12 weeks as a children’s camp lifeguard which had more than one lifeguard supervising it at a time; or
    • 18 weeks of previous experience as a lifeguard at a swimming pool or bathing beach, which had more than one lifeguard supervising it at a time.
  • hold an accepted and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate as listed on the Fact Sheet entitled “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for NYS Children’s Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities”
  • annually review and document the review of the camp’s safety plan for swimming
  • possess current certification in a training course for lifeguard supervision and management as described below.

An Aquatics Director may not:

Acceptable Lifeguard Supervision and Management Courses1
Provider Certification Title
American Red Cross Lifeguard Management2,3
Lifeguarding Instructor
Boy Scouts of America Aquatics Instructor, BSA
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York State Lifeguard Management
YMCA Aquatics Management4
Aquatics Management Trainer4


  1. Certifications are valid for the time period specified by the provider, but may not exceed three years from the date of course completion.
  2. Lifeguard Management certifications:
    • As of January 1, 2014, Lifeguard Management is only offered online. In-person testing is required and obtained through American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructors that are American Red Cross Authorized Providers.
    • Certification expiration date is based on the Lifeguard Management certificate, not the in-person testing certificate date.
    • Cards issued prior to 1/1/14 without an expiration date can be accepted for three years from date of issuance.
  3. Certifications issued after 12/31/13 must be accompanied by a separate certification indicating in-person testing session.
  4. Aquatics Management and Aquatics Management Trainer certifications are no longer offered:
    • Certification in Aquatics Management remains valid for three years from date of certification, but no later than 12/31/2018.
    • Certification in Aquatics Management Trainer remains valid for two years from date of certification, but no later than 12/31/2017.