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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Upcoming YMCA Lifeguarding Classes


Jamaica YMCA
8925 Parsons Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432

Pre-test skills:


Dates & Times:

Saturdays, 3/20-4/13 at 3:15 PM


Wednesdays, 3/20-4/13 at 5:30 PM


$25 (non-refundable)


Course Dates:


Dates & Times:

4/22-25 (must attend all sessions)


$300 for Y members


$350 for community members


Registration is required.
To register, contact Teo Tejada or call 212-912-2206.

YMCA Lifeguard Class Components

The course and certification include the following components:

  • CPR/AED for professional rescuer
  • Basic first aid
  • Oxygen administration
  • Y Lifeguard Classroom
  • Pool/Water Skills Time
  • eLearning Time


Breakdown of Course Hours

Classroom Learning:

15 hours

Water/Pool Skills:

13 hours


9 hours

Total Time:

37 hours


YMCA Lifeguard Class Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required to register for the YMCA Lifeguard Course:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age (proof required)
  • Pass the following Physical Competency Requirements conducted prior to the course proving ability to:

Part I

  • Tread water for 2 minutes (legs only)
  • Swim 100 yards of front crawl

Part II

  • Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility), then swim underwater for 15 feet
  • Swim 50 yards of each:
    ○ Front crawl with the head up
    ○ Sidestroke
    ○ Breaststroke
    ○ Breaststroke with the head up
    ○ Elementary backstroke kick with hands on the chest

Part III

  • Participants start in the water at shallow end
  • Sprint for a distance of approximately 60 feet, and then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 feet of water (or maximum depth of training facility)
  • Pick up an object (dive ring) from the bottom of pool, surface, tread water for at least 1 minute with legs only, and replace the object back to the bottom of the pool where it was found
  • Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of water
  • Immediately begin compression on an adult manikin for 1 minute or 100 compressions; stand and listen to directions from instructor
  • Quickly walk over to an elevated lifeguard stand, climb onto lifeguard stand, sit down, look near your feet for a colored shape, and find the matching colored shape while scanning the pool area
  • Scan and identify an object located somewhere in the pool area
  • Stand up and blow a whistle loud and clearly shout “the Y is great” and then exit lifeguard stand

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