NYC Parks Lifeguard Qualifying Test

Qualifying Test Requirements

To qualify, 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 eye exam.
  • Be able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds or less, with proper form.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've put safety protocols in place to keep participants and staff safe. Face coverings must be worn at all times when not in the water, and social distancing is required. To reduce capacity, testing groups and appointments will be limited. A temperature check and health screening questionnaire will be required to enter the facility.

For more information please visit the Become an NYC Parks Lifeguard page.