Join The New York City Swim Team! Become An NYC Parks Lifeguard

January lifeguard qualifying tests for candidates from Harlem to Hollis have been added for the summer 2023 season!

Make summer happen for NYC! Work outdoors in some of New York City’s most iconic locations and become part of a team and meet people who share your interests.

The first step to becoming a lifeguard is to pass our qualifying test.

Tests start Friday, December 2, 2023, and continue into January at sites across the city.

Register now for a test to enter our 16-week training program to be beach or pool-ready for next summer.

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If you successfully complete the training program, you may be offered a full-time job for the summer working at a beach or pool in one of the best cities in the world!

Registration for test slots is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How To Join

All potential lifeguards must pass the Lifeguard Qualifying Test, a vision and swim exam. 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 45 seconds or less, with proper form.

Sign up today at

Via Office of The Bronx Borough President.

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