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.

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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
  • If you are interested in learning more about our lifeguard certification courses, please contact us
Benefits
  • Free access to 10 branches for you and family members, including: Pool, Gymnasium, Cardio & Free-Weights Rooms, & more
  • Employee Plum Benefits, including discounts for special events.
  • Options to add Benefits, including 403(b) retirement savings, medical insurance and many more.
  • Build your résumé with marketable skills that include teamwork, communication, leadership, risk management, child development, self-confidence and more
  • Work for an organization that consistently raises the bar and always looks toward being innovative.

Lifeguarding Jobs

YMCA Lifeguard Class

Lifeguard Pre-Test & Upcoming Courses

 

Castle Hill YMCA
Address: 2 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10473 (Bronx) 

Pre-test (must complete to register for the YLG course)

Testing Dates (choose one from below): 

  • October 19, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • October 21, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • October 26, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Course Dates: 
*must attend all sessions*

  • November 2, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 9, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 16, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 23, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 30, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 7, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 14, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Contact:  aquatics@ymcanyc.org to confirm attendance for pretest date 

 

Rockaway YMCA
Address: 207 Beach 73rd St, Arverne, NY 11692 (Queens) 

Pre-test (must complete to register for the YLG course)

Testing Dates (choose one from below): 

  • October 19, 1pm - 2 pm
  • October 21, 4 pm - 6 pm 
  • October 22, 3 pm - 5 pm 
  • October 25, 3 pm - 5 pm 
  • October 26, 1 pm - 2 pm

Course Dates: 
*must attend all sessions*

  • November 8, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 15, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 22, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 29, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 6, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 13, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 20, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Contact:  aquatics@ymcanyc.org to confirm attendance for pretest date 

 

Prospect Park YMCA
Address: 357 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Brooklyn) 

Pre-test (must complete to register for the YLG course)

Testing Dates (choose one from below): 

  • October 16, 1 pm - 2 pm 
  • October 23, 1 pm - 2 pm 

Course Dates: 
*must attend all sessions*

  • November 6, 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • November 13, 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • November 20, 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • December 4, 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • December 11, 11 am - 3:30 pm
  • December 18, 11 am - 3:30 pm

Contact:  aquatics@ymcanyc.org to confirm attendance for pretest date 

 

Staten Island Broadway YMCA
Address: 651 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Staten Island) 

Pre-test (must complete to register for the YLG course)

Testing Dates (choose one from below): 

  • October 15, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • October 22, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Course Dates: 
*must attend all sessions*

  • November 5, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 12, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • November 19, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 3, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 10, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • December 14, 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Contact:  aquatics@ymcanyc.org to confirm attendance for pretest date 

 

West Side YMCA
Address: 5 West 63rd Street, NY, NY 10023 (Manhattan) 

Pre-test (must complete to register for the YLG course)

Testing Dates (choose one from below): 

  • October 16, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
  • October 20, 10 am - 3 pm
  • October 23, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
  • October 19, 10 am - 3 pm
  • October 26, 10 am - 3 pm

Course Dates: 
*must attend all sessions*

  • November 3, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 10, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 17, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 24, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 1, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 8, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 15, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact:  aquatics@ymcanyc.org to confirm attendance for pretest date 

 

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
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:
     
  1. Tread water for 2 minutes. 
  2. Swim 100 yards of front crawl. 
  3. Swim 50 yards of each:
    1. Sidestroke
    2. Breaststroke
    3. Elementary backstroke
  4. Complete feet-first surface dive and 15 feet underwater swim.
  5. Perform 60 yard sprint, then surface dive to retrieve object at the bottom of pool and hold at surface treading for 1 minute.
  6. Pick up an object from the bottom of pool, surface and tread water for 1 minute with legs only, then replace the object on the bottom of the pool where it was found.
  7. Swim the remaining length to end of pool, and hoist yourself out of water.
  8. Perform compressions on an adult manikin and follow directions of the instructor.

 

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