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The NYC Lifeguard Qualifying Test

All candidates are tested by Parks’ Lifeguard School to ensure that they meet the highest standards. Candidates interested in becoming a lifeguard must first pass a qualifying test.

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.

Once you’ve passed the qualifying test, you’re able to go onto the next step of becoming a New York City Lifeguard: the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program. The program is free, and consists of 40 hours of swimming and rescue techniques, first-aid and CPR.

Upon completion of the training program, you must pass final swimming tests and a written test to become a lifeguard. You must be able to swim 440 yards in 7 minutes and 40 seconds to qualify for a pool assignment, 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.

You may take the qualifying test for the summer 2015 season at one of the locations below. Please make sure to bring a bathing suit, a towel and a lock (for your locker). Goggles are optional.

Bronx

Location Qualifying Test Date and Time
DeWitt Clinton High School
100 West Mosholu Parkway South
December 9: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
December 18: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Recreation Center
450 St. Ann’s Avenue (at 145th Street)
December 26: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
January 7: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

*Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a lock for a locker. Goggles are optional.

Brooklyn

Location Qualifying Test Date and Time
Abraham Lincoln High School
2800 Ocean Parkway
December 17: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
January 9: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Bushwick High School
400 Irving Avenue
December 11: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
December 18: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fort Hamilton High School
8301 Shore Road
January 4: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 11: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
James Madison High School
3787 Bedford Avenue
December 13: 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
December 20: 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Metropolitan Pool & Fitness Center
261 Bedford Avenue
December 10: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
December 23: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
New Utrecht High School
1601 80th Street
December 12: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
December 19: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

*Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a lock for a locker. Goggles are optional.

Manhattan

Location Qualifying Test Date and Time
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street

December 8 through January 9, Monday. Wednesday, and Friday: 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

*Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a lock for a locker. Goggles are optional.

Queens

Location Qualifying Test Date and Time
Far Rockaway High School
8-21 Bay 25th Street
December 8: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
December 15: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
January 6: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Grover Cleveland High School
21-27 Himrod Street
December 9: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
December 16: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..
Richmond Hill High School
89-30 114th Street, Richmond Hill
December 22: 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.
January 5: 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.

*Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a lock for a locker. Goggles are optional.

Staten Island

Location Qualifying Test Date and Time
Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue
December 13: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
December 20: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

*Please bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a lock for a locker. Goggles are optional.

 

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