Looking for a great summer job or career as a lifeguard? The YMCA offers lifeguarding classes and hires qualified lifeguard in all five New York City boroughs.

Lifeguarding Jobs


  • Actively scan, recognize and provide rapid response in all emergency situations
  • Prevent accidents and minimize or eliminate unsafe situations
  • Enforce pool policies and procedures
  • Administer first aid if necessary


  • Current YMCA or American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate
  • Current CPR/AED/Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Administration and First Aid certifications
  • High School diploma or equivalent

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