Become an NYC Parks Lifeguard

Make summer happen for NYC! Becoming a lifeguard is a rewarding experience. You’ll work outdoors in some of New York City’s most iconic locations, playing a critical role in helping New Yorkers of all ages and abilities have safe access to beaches and pools. 

Join the Team! 

Through our Lifeguard Training program and working as an NYC Parks Lifeguard, you’ll develop valuable skills that will last a lifetime in any profession.

As an NYC Parks Lifeguard, you’ll:

  • Work at Some of NYC's Most Iconic Locations
    Lifeguards work five or six days each week. Work locations include the beautiful oceanfront in the Rockaways, historic Coney Island, and the only floating pool in North America!
  • Become Part of a Team
    Make friends for a lifetime who are also committed to public service.
  • Get Your Certification
    Earn your NYC Parks lifeguard certification, and learn CPR, first-aid, and rescue techniques.
  • Practice Your Swimming
    Get access to all of our City’s indoor pools to strengthen your swimming skills

Steps to Becoming a Lifeguard

Ready to join? We’ll train you.

  1. Try out! Pass the Qualifying Test

    Taking the qualifying test is the first step toward becoming a lifeguard. These tryouts take place in our indoor pools over the winter before the upcoming summer season. All potential lifeguards must pass the Lifeguard Qualifying Test, a vision and swim exam.

    Register for the Qualifying Test

    New! Prep for the Qualifying Test.
    Sign up for our Swim Skills Clinics

  2. Train at Our Lifeguard School

    Once you pass the qualifying test, your training to become an NYC Parks Lifeguard begins. You’ll develop your swimming skills, learn lifesaving techniques, and receive your certification to become an NYC Parks Lifeguard. Lifeguard Training is a 16-week program that consists of 40 hours of training, a CPR course, and final swimming tests.

  3. Head to Our Beaches and Pools!

    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! Our beaches open on Memorial Day Weekend and outdoor pools open in late June. Beaches and pools close the Sunday After Labor Day.