NYC Lifeguard: A Summer Job for Teens
The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation just announced qualifying testing for the city lifeguard program will run Jan. 31 to Feb. 19.
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- Have at least 20/30 vision in one eye and 20/40 in the other - without corrective lenses. Glasses and contact lenses may not be worn during the eye exam.
- Be able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds or less, with proper form.
- Individuals must be vaccinated to take the qualifying test.
In addition to having fun in the sun and staying in shape with all that swimming, teens can expect plenty more from this summer job opportunity. Being a NYC Parks lifeguard allows teens to:
- Develop Job Skills: Learn valuable leadership and communication skills that will last a lifetime in any profession.
- Become Part of a Team: Make friends for a lifetime who are also committed to serving the public.
- Get Their Certification: Earn an NYC Parks lifeguard certification, and learn CPR, first-aid, and rescue techniques.
- Practice Your Swimming: Get access to all of the city's indoor pools to strengthen swimming skills.
Once applicants pass the qualifying test, lifeguard training begins. During the 40-hour training, future lifeguards will further develop their swimming skills, learn life saving techniques, and receive their certification to become a NYC Parks lifeguard. Once the training is completed, candidates must pass a written test and final swimming test to become a lifeguard. For more information about becoming a NYC Parks lifeguard, visit nycgovparks.org, or follow NYC Parks on Facebook or Instagram.