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

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:

  • 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

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

 

April 13-17, 2020

Location:

Castle Hill YMCA
2 Castle Hill Avenue 
Bronx, NY

Pre-test skills:

  • Appointmens available on Saturdays 3/14, 3/21, or 3/28, 1-2 PM
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee at Front Desk

Course dates:

  • Monday, 4/13-Friday, 4/17
  • 10 AM-6 PM all five days
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $350
  • Community: $450

Register:

Nadia Arroyo
Aquatics Director
narroyo@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2492

 

April 13-17, 2020

Location:

Rockaway YMCA
207 Beach 73rd Street
Arverne, NY

Pre-test skills:

  • Appointments available on Mondays 1-6 PM, Wednesdays 1-6 PM, or Saturdays 12-3 PM
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee at Front Desk
  • Register for pre-test by March 26

Course dates:

  • Monday, 4/13-Friday, 4/17
  • 9 AM-6 PM all five days
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $350
  • Community: $450

Register:

Heidi Ortiz
Aquatics Director
hortiz@ymcanyc.org

Dante Rei
drei@ymcanyc.org

 

April 14-17, 2020

Location:

South Shore YMCA
3939 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, New York

Pre-test skills:

  • Appointments available on Mondays or Thursdays, 1-3 PM
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee at Front Desk
  • Register for pre-test by March 26

Course dates:

  • Tuesday, 4/14-Friday, 4/17
  • 9 AM-8 PM all five days
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $350
  • Community: $450

Register:

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

 

April 26-June 6, 2020

Location:

Broadway YMCA
651 Broadway
Staten Island, New York

Pre-test skills:

  • Appointments available on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM or Fridays 5-6 PM through 4/15/20
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee at Front Desk

Course dates:

  • Wednesday & Fridays: April 29, May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, and June 3, 6
  • Wednesdays 4:30-8:30 PM & Fridays 3:30-7 PM
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $350
  • Community: $450

Register:

Romulus Staton
Aquatics Director
rstaton@ymcanyc.org
718-901-4933

May 26-June 4, 2020

Location:

Coney Island YMCA
West 29th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Pre-test skills:

  • Appointments available on Friday, 4/3 at 10 AM, Saturday 4/25 at 2 PM and Tuesday, 4/28 at 5 PM
  • $30 non-refundable registration fee at Front Desk

Course dates:

  • Tuesday, 5/26-Friday, 5/29 and Thursday, 6/4
  • 3-6 PM all five days
  • Must attend all sessions

Course Fee:

  • Y Member: $350
  • Community: $450

Register:

Oytun Tangul
Aquatics Director
otangul@ymcanyc.org
718-215-6933

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