DEEP: Lifeguard Program

Connecticut State Parks - Lifeguard Program

What We Do
State Parks Lifeguards conduct surveillance of certain designated swimming areas, administer first aid and emergency care as needed, and perform beach-related maintenance work.
In general, lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Lifeguards typically work 40 hours per week, and are expected to work weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Lifeguards receive continuous inservice training which includes both physical conditioning and technical skills review.
How Do I Join a State Park Lifeguard Squad?   
Follow these 3 steps:
1. Decide Where You Want to Work
{Map of state parks that hire lifeguards}

2.  Apply to be a State Park Lifeguard

3.  Get Training

We are training lifeguards that work for us. Applicants who do not possess current American Red Cross lifeguard certification with the Waterfront Module will need to attend a pre-requisite course to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. (Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. (Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.)
  • Complete the following timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.) Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. (Candidates should not swim the distance under water.) Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

Upon successful completion of these skills, you must attend all sessions of the lifeguarding class.

Content Last Updated April 15, 2018