Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification for NYS Children's Camps and Bathing Facilities

Fact Sheet – March 2016

The New York State Sanitary Code requires certain staff to possess a valid two-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification in a course accepted by the Department as providing an adequate level of training as follows:

  • Children's Camps – CPR certification is required for the health director and other staff specified in Subpart 7-2.8 and 7-2.11(a)(5), aquatics director, lifeguards and certain trip and activity leaders1.
  • Swimming Pools and Bathing Beaches – CPR certification is required for all lifeguards (Supervision Levels I, IIa, IIb), Subpart 6 of the State Sanitary Code.

ACCEPTED COURSES2
Provider Certification Title
American Heart Association3 BLS Instructor
BLS Provider (Course title -Basic Life Support)
Healthcare Provider (Course title -BLS for Healthcare Providers)
American Lifeguard Association CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Instructor Led
American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Providers
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
American Safety & Health Institute ASHI CPR for Professional Rescuer (CPR PRO)
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Health Care Provider CPR
EMS Safety Services, Inc. CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada Level C - Basic Rescuer CPR
National Safety Council NSC Basic Life Support for Healthcare & Professional Rescuers
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Municipal CPR: Basic Life Support
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation CPR/AED for Lifeguards, Camp Counselors and Camp Directors
Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City BCLS for Health Care Providers Course
St. John Ambulance Canada Level C (Basic Rescuer) CPR

Footnote

  1. A trip leader of a camp trip that includes an activity where emergency medical care is not readily available or an activity such as wilderness hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, swimming and/or boating shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certification in a course listed on this Fact Sheet. An activity leader of an activity on the camp property where other CPR certified staff is not readily available shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certification in a course listed on this Fact Sheet.
  2. CPR Certifications are Valid for ONE year from the Date of Certification, Regardless of Expiration Date on Card
  3. Certification listing "Laerdal Medical" as the "TC address contact Info" and "Course Location" on the back of the card are not acceptable.