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Age 16+
Program type Summer
Contact us Zac.Rudge@Nyc.Parks.Gov
Deadline Jan. 6, 2017


Our mission is to plan resilient and sustainable parks, public spaces, and recreational amenities, build a park system for present and future generations, and care for parks and public spaces.


After you pass the qualifying test, your training to be a New York City Lifeguard begins. You will be enrolled in the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program, a state-certified program that teaches applicants the critical skills of CPR, first-aid, and techniques for saving a swimmer in distress. You must successfully complete the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program to become certified as a New York City Lifeguard. Other lifeguard certifications are not accepted.

As part of this challenging program, you will be issued a pass that allows you to practice at all of the City's 12 indoor pools to strengthen your swimming skills and improve your conditioning in anticipation of the final swim test.

Follow the provided link to find a date and place to take your pre-qualifying test. Review eligibility requirements before scheduling your test.

Upon completion of the training program, all candidates must pass a written test and final swimming tests to become a lifeguard. To qualify for a pool assignment, candidates must be able to swim 440 yards in 7 minutes and 40 seconds, or 6 minutes and 40 seconds to qualify for a beach assignment. Beach lifeguards must also complete a 300-yard ocean swim prior to receiving their assignment.

Successful completion of the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program means that you have:

Completed all 40 hours of training.
Passed a CPR course.
Passed all final swimming tests and a written test.

If you successfully complete the training program, you may be offered a full-time job for the summer working at a beach or pool in one of the best cities in the world.


To Qualify, You Must: Be At Least 16 Years Of Age By The Start Of Employment (The End Of June). Have At Least 20/30 Vision In One Eye And 20/40 In The Other - Without Corrective Lenses. Glasses And Contact Lenses May Not Be Worn During The Eye Exam. Be Able To Swim 50 Yards In 35 Seconds Or Less, With Proper Form.