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Become an NYC Parks Lifeguard

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One of the best jobs in New York City, lifeguarding allows participants to remain in top physical condition while also helping to keep millions of New Yorkers safe. As one of just 1,400 NYC Parks Lifeguards, you will be part of an elite group that is committed to serving the public.

Parks’ beaches open each Memorial Day weekend. Cedar Grove and Wolfe's Pond beaches are open through Labor Day, all other beaches are open through Sunday, September 13 and the pools are open from late June through Labor Day. Lifeguards work 48 hours each week and first-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15 an hour, for a weekly salary of about $720.00.

Think you’re whistle worthy? Find out how to join.

Before joining our lifeguard training program, applicants must pass this set of vision and swim exams, offered every year during the winter.

Learn more about the Qualifying Tests

Our state-certified, 40-hour course teaches CPR, first aid, and techniques for saving a swimmer in distress. Participants are eligible to become NYC lifeguards.

Learn more about the Lifeguard Training Program

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Want to be notified when lifeguard recruitment starts? Fill out our Information Request form.

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