NYC Parks is looking for new recruits for the lifeguard team this summer; qualification tests extended until February 26


STATEN ISLAND, NY – New York City Parks, which manages the city’s eight beaches and 53 outdoor pools, is looking for people to join its team of lifeguards for the 2022 summer season.

“Being a lifeguard is rewarding and challenging work that requires split-second decision-making and develops valuable skills that can last a lifetime,” the Parks Department said in a news release.

Candidates can apply for qualifying exams until February 26.

All potential lifeguards must pass the lifeguard qualification test, a series of vision and swimming exams. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 years old at the start of employment.
  • Have vision of at least 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other – without corrective lenses. Glasses and contact lenses cannot be worn during the eye exam.
  • Be able to swim 50 meters in 35 seconds or less, with proper form.
  • Individuals must be vaccinated to take the qualifying test.

Once the qualifying tests are passed, a 40-hour training is required to further develop swimming skills, lifesaving techniques and receive their certifications.

Lifeguards will work five to six days a week. First-year lifeguards earn at least $16 an hour for a weekly salary of around $800.

Each summer, park beaches open on Memorial Day weekend and outdoor pools open in late June; both close the Sunday after Labor Day, according to the Parks Department.


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