NYC Lifeguard Qualifying Tests Begin

NYC Parks wants YOU to become a NYC lifeguard. ‘Tis the season to take the qualifying test.

Qualifying tests begin on Friday, December 1, and will be held at more than 15 pools around the city, including recreation centers and local schools. The test will be held at various dates through the end of January. Register at: 

With the U.S. currently facing a nationwide shortage of lifeguards, it’s never been more important for courageous New Yorkers to step up and answer the call. Becoming a lifeguard is a rewarding experience that allows you to learn CPR, first aid, and rescue techniques while improving your swimming skills and working alongside others who are committed to public safety by protecting New Yorkers at the City’s eight public beaches and 53 outdoor pools.

All potential lifeguards must pass the Lifeguard Qualifying Test, which includes a vision and swim exam. New this year, a letter from an eye doctor will be accepted in lieu of taking a vision exam onsite.

To pass the qualifying test, you must: Be at least 16 years of age by the start of employment, 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 exam), and be able to swim 50 yards in 45 seconds or less, with proper form.

Once you pass the qualifying test, training begins. You’ll develop your swimming skills, learn lifesaving techniques, and receive your certification to become an NYC Lifeguard with a 16-week program that consists of 40 hours of training, a CPR course, and final swimming tests. Lifeguards who qualify and are hired will get paid for training.

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