Lifeguard Info

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2022LifeguardsWantedClick here to download New York State Parks Qualifications Procedures

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Classes are offered annually by Onondaga County Parks, Syracuse City Parks & New York State Parks.

NEXT CLASS: Thursday, June 8 - Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. Click here for more info & to sign up.
Recruitment Flyer Lifeguarding 6.23To learn more about classes, contact the following:

  • Onondaga County Parks - Contact Gary Lopez at (315) 453-6712 x 6715 or
  • Syracuse City Parks - Click here for more information.
  • New York State Parks - Click here to download NYS Qualification Procedures.
  • American Red Cross - Click here for information about local classes, products & articles

There are multiple opportunities throughout the year to take lifeguarding classes. Class sizes range from 3-12 students on average with roughly 30 hours of classroom training required. Passing a strict pre-requisite swim class is also required to be eligible for the class.

Pre-Requisite Test includes:

  • 300 yards without stopping (12 lengths of a 25-yard pool/3 football fields in length)
  • Swim 20 yards, submerge to 12 ft. depth to recover a 10 lb. brick and return (swimming 20 yards on back, making contact with both hands-on brick)
  • Swim 15 yards underwater
  • Tread for 2 minutes, no hands, using kick of choice


During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.

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