Become a New York City Lifeguard


Qualifying Test Dates and Times Available

NYC Parks is looking for qualified individuals with strong swimming skills to continue the tradition of keeping New York City’s highly visited beaches and pools water safe.

Qualifying tests to become a New York City lifeguard for the 2017 summer season begin in December and run through mid-January!  Testing locations can be found throughout the five boroughs. Find a qualifying test location.

Working as a lifeguard is an important job that carries with it a high level of responsibility, a commitment to public service and offers a unique sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. Becoming a lifeguard is no easy task, but the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program prepares you for the challenges of working in one of the best summer jobs in New York City!

First-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15.00 an hour, working 48 hours each week for a weekly salary of about $720.00.

New York City’s 8 beaches are generally open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and the 55 outdoor pools are open from late June through Labor Day.

There is no need for an appointment to take the qualifying test; just be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and lock for a locker.

If you have any questions, please visit our Lifeguard Information page, or email us at


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