LifeguardsTo become certified as a lifeguard, sign up today for one of the options listed below.

The fee of $400 covers registration, certification card and course materials.

A waterfront training module is included in sessions four and five.

Successful completion of the course will certify you in Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.

Prerequisites: To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits, or on your head.
  • Complete a timed event within one minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of seven to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You may not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or step.
  • Register for prerequisite skills evaluation

Get your registration fee refunded
If you successfully complete and pass the course and are hired by Westchester County Parks as a lifeguard for the 2018 summer season, we will refund up to $300 of your registration fee. Refundable amount is determined by the length of your 2018 summer employment.

For more information call (914) 231-4551 or .


County Lifeguard Practical Skills Swim Test 2018
Dates Times Locations
Download the Lifeguard Practical Skills Screening requirements
blankLifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED and Waterfront Sessions 2018
 Dates   Times   Locations 
Session 1 (March)    

March 13, 20 & 27, April 10 & 17
Tues. and Thurs.
SG LG class

5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mark Twain School Pool
Session 2 (May) LG course    

May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20

Saturdays and Sundays

Noon - 5 p.m. Westchester Community College Pool
May 26, Saturday, Beaches open 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Session 3 (June)    
June 18, 19, 20 and 21
Mon. - Thurs.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saxon Woods Pool
 (includes waterfront training)    

June 22, Friday, Pools Open

11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Session 4 (July)    
July 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saxon Woods Pool
 (includes waterfront training)    
Session 5 (August)    
August 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saxon Woods Pool
 (includes waterfront training)