Camp Trip Swimming Program Safety Certifications for NYS Children's Camp

Fact Sheet - March 2016


When swimming is conducted during a camp trip to an aquatics facility that is supervised by qualified lifeguard(s), the camp must supply one additional lifeguard or a staff member possessing training in Children’s Camp Swimming Program Safety for each 75 campers at the swimming activity (See Aquatic Certifications Fact Sheet for a list of qualified lifeguard certifications).

A camp supplied lifeguard or staff trained in swimming safety is not required for aquatic amusement park activities that allow only one or two patrons in the water at a time and the activity water depth does not exceed chest deep for non-swimmers.

The following courses have been accepted by the Department as meeting or exceeding course standards for training in Children’s Camp Swimming Program Safety specified in Section 7-2.11(a)(4)(iv)(a) of the State Sanitary Code:

Provider Certification Title
American Red Cross Lifeguard Management2, 3
Lifeguard Instructor
American Red Cross on Long Island Pool Activity Leader
Boy Scouts of America Aquatics Supervision
YMCA Aquatics Management,4
Aquatics Management Trainer,4


  1. Certifications are valid for the time period specified by the certifying agency, but may not exceed a consecutive three-year period from 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 January 1, 2014 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.