Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hires hundreds of lifeguards each summer. The starting salary for all Parks & Rec lifeguards is $16 per hour. Lifeguards typically work 35 hours per week from June through August.
Lifeguard trainings take place throughout the year. If you’re interested in serving as a Parks & Rec lifeguard, follow the process below.
You must be 15 years or older to attend a lifeguard screening at one of our two indoor training facilities. However, you must be 16 years or older to work as a lifeguard for the City of Philadelphia.
To be considered for a position, you must:
- Contact a city pool supervisor to begin the application process (see below).
- Attend a lifeguard screening given by a Parks & Rec Water Safety Instructor.
- Swim 300 yards non-stop.
- 12 laps of freestyle or breaststroke in a 25-yard pool.
- This is not a timed swim.
- If you stop, you will need to start over.
- Tread water for two minutes without using your arms.
- Retrieve a 10-pound brick from a 12 foot-deep well. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the brick, using only your legs.
- The brick must be held out of the water with both hands.
- You must complete this task within one minute and 40 seconds.
Where and when
Lifeguard screenings and skills trainings take place at:
- Northeast Philadelphia: Lincoln High School – 3201 Ryan Ave., 19136.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Reserve a time slot at the Northeast Philadelphia location.
Screenings and trainings are free of charge. Sign up in advance to secure your spot.
The lifeguard certification course fees for 2022 are:
Lifeguards ages 16–24 who commit to and work at a Parks & Rec pool:
- Certification: FREE.
- Recertification: FREE.
Lifeguards ages 25+ who commit to and work at a Parks & Rec pool:
- Certification: $110.
- Recertification: $65.