Become a Lifeguard

The Syracuse Parks trains and hires lifeguards to help ensure the safety of our pool patrons.

How much does it cost?

  • City Residents Registration Fee: $25
  • Non-City Resident Registration Fee: $75
  • Certification Fee: $80 for everyone and should be paid by check and brought the first day of class. Check made payable to Commissioner of Finance.

Online

Step 1.Check your eligibility.

To become a lifeguard you must:

  • Be 15 years of age by the last day of class.
  • Be able to swim 300 yards.
  • Be able to retrieve objects from 12 feet.
  • Be able to swim 15 yards underwater.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without hands.
  • Register and pass a free pre-requisite swim test at Valley Pool
    Sign up for a pre-requisite swim test

Step 2.Sign up for a certification class.

Sign up for a Certification Class

Step 3.Attend all sessions.

Remember to bring:

  • Check for certification. $80. May payable to Commissioner of Finance.
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles

At the end of the class you will be certified in:

  • Lifeguarding (Not waterfront)
  • First Aid
  • CPR for the professional rescuer
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Step 4.Apply for a job.

Upon completing and passing the certification class, we will provide an application for employment.

Step 5.Complete the hiring process.

In person

Step 1.Step 1.

Check your eligibility.

To become a lifeguard you must:

  • Be 15 years of age by the last day of class.
  • Be a good swimmer and pass a free pre-requisite swim test at Southwest or Valley Pool, during public swim.
  • Be able to swim 300 yards.
  • Be able to retrieve objects from 12 feet.
  • Be able to swim 15 yards underwater.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without hands.

Step 2.Step 2. 

If you are a certified lifeguard but need to renew your certification, click here. 

Step 3.Step 3. 

Once you have passed your swim test requirements, sign up for a certification class.

Sign up for a Certification Class

Step 4.Step 4.

Attend all sessions of your selected class.

Remember to bring:

  • Check for certification. $80. May payable to Commissioner of Finance.
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Goggles

At the end of the class you will be certified in:

  • Lifeguarding (Not waterfront)
  • First Aid
  • CPR for the professional rescuer
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Step 5.Step 5. 

Apply for a job in person.

At the end of the certification class, we will give you an application for employment.

Step 6.Step 6. 

Complete the hiring process with a Personnel representative, as directed in your hire letter.