DEEP: Lifeguard Program

Connecticut State Parks - Lifeguard Program

What We Do
State Park lifeguards conduct surveillance of certain designated swimming areas, administer first aid and emergency care as needed, and perform beach-related maintenance work.
In general, we are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Our typical work week is 40 hours, including weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
We are certified in American Red Cross lifeguarding with waterfront skills. We practice our skills throughout the summer by doing in-service training which includes both physical conditioning and technical skills review so we are always performing at our best.
Come Join Us!
I am currently American Red Cross lifeguard certified, how do I apply?
Fill out a Master Application and apply for open positions.
I need training, will you still consider hiring me?
YES!  We are running free lifeguard training for people that want to work at the State Park beaches.
Fill out a Master Application and apply for open positions
  • The training is a combo of online and classroom learning.
  • The Red Cross certifications completed with these classes will be valid only for lifeguards working for State Park beaches and are not transferrable to other aquatic facilities. 
  • Must be 16 years old by May 25, 2019.
  • Must complete the online portion of the training prior to the first day of class, pass the prerequisites on the first day of class, and attend all days of the class to complete the certification.
What are the prerequisites? 
Applicants must successfully complete the following skills on the first day of the class before they can take the classroom portion of the certification. The skills are:
  • 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 may be used. This swim is to be completed in 12 minutes or less (to work at a shoreline beach) or 15 minutes or less (to work at an inland beach).
  • Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water.
  • Complete the ‘brick’ 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.
  • Complete the ‘underwater swim’ event by swimming an accumulation of 15 yards underwater, in a single breath, picking up three dive rings.
  • Complete a 0.25 mile run in 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
  • Must be able to jump off and then climb back into a rescue kayak without flipping the kayak. Candidate will have 2 attempts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in skill: Rescuing a Passive Victim with a Rescue Board at a waterfront setting. Candidate will have 2 attempts. REVIEW CLASS ONLY
  • Must be able to retrieve a passive victim from the bottom of the shallow end and surface with the victim face up. Candidate will have 2 attempts. REVIEW CLASS ONLY
  • Must be able to demonstrate proper CPR for a victim on dry land vs a victim pulled from the water. REVIEW CLASS ONLY
Which State Park beaches have lifeguards?
{Map of state parks that hire lifeguards}

Please ask and I'll be happy to help! Contact Sarah Battistini at, call 860-418-5958, or text 860-268-7191.

Content Last Updated May 2019