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

Lifeguarding Jobs

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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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About YMCA Lifeguard Class

Class Components

The course and certification include the following components:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Basic First Aid
  • Oxygen administration
  • Y Lifeguard Virtual/Classroom
  • Pool/Water Skills Time
  • eLearning Time

 

Breakdown of Course Hours

Virtual/Classroom Learning:

13 hours

Water/Pool Skills:

15 hours

e-Learning:

9 hours

Total Time:

37 hours

Must attend all sessions. Any lateness exceeding 15 minutes is counted as not attending. Each component has a physical skill and written exam. Completion of the physical skills is mandatory to take the written exam. Passing grade is 80% for written exams.

 

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

  • 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
  • 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.

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

 

Upcoming Classes

Location:
South Shore YMCA
3939 Richmond Ave.
Staten Island NY 10312

Pre-test skills:

  • Available: Monday – Thursday at 1pm or Tuesday and Thursday at 8 PM 
  • Complete by 6/22/21
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee - must register in advance

Course dates:

  • Course Dates: June 28 - July 1, 2021 
  • Virtual: June 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • In-Person: June, 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $360
  • Community: $450

Register:

Matthew Greenfield
Aquatics Director
mgreenfield@ymcanyc.org
718-227-3200

 

Location:

Vanderbilt YMCA
224 E. 47th St.
Manhattan, NY 10017

Pre-test skills:

  • Available: Weekdays at 4PM (call to schedule)
  • Complete by 6/22/21
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee - must register in advance.
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Course dates:

  • Course Dates: June 28 - July 1, 2021 
  • Virtual: June 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • In-Person: June, 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $360
  • Community: $450

Register:

Nadia Arroyo
Aquatics Director
narroyo@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2500

 

Location:
Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA
1121 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Pre-test skills:

  • Available: Weekdays at 4 pm (call to schedule)
  • Complete by 6/22/21
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee - must register in advance

Course dates:

  • Course Dates: June 28 - July 1
  • Virtual: June 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 9:30 AM  to 1:00 PM
  • In-Person: June 28, June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 2:00PM  to 6:00 PM
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $360
  • Community: $450

Register:

Caitlin Hackett 
Aquatics Director
chackett@ymcanyc.org
718-798-1497

 

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