New York State In-depth

The City of Buffalo offers free and paid Red Cross certified lifeguard training

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo, in partnership with the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), announced that there will be another free and paid Red Cross-certified lifeguard training course.

In order to be able to take part in the training, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Young people who can already swim well
  • Youth aged 16-21
  • Youth who live in the city of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School are preferred

Here you have to register for the training in advance. Non-residents can register for $300.

Officials said those who earn certification can apply to become lifeguards at the city’s two indoor pools and can apply for Summer 2023 positions at the city’s nine outdoor pools. The pay is $20 an hour.

Last summer, all nine of the city’s outdoor pools were closed due to a “serious” shortage of lifeguards. The two indoor pools at Cazenovia Park and Lovejoy Park were open from July 1st to September 5th.

“We need our young people to make a big step forward after a lifeguard shortage last summer kept us from opening our municipal swimming pools. Our current team of lifeguards come from all walks of life but have one thing in common, a love for our city and a love for our children who deserve a safe and fun summer. I ask our youth to consider this great opportunity and join Buffalo’s amazing lifeguard team. The position pays well and will help further improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the city.”

– Mayor Brown

Below are details of upcoming sessions:

February certification
BPS winter break
Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February
8:30am – 5:00pm
Cazenovia pool

March certification
Saturdays & Sundays
3/4, 3/5, 3/11, 3/12, 3/18
8:30am – 5:00pm
Cazenovia pool

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