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Posted on: December 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown and PAL Announce Free And Paid Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Training Sessions For Youth


Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo, in partnership with the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), will offer another session of free and paid Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Training for City of Buffalo Youth ages 16-21 during the upcoming winter break, Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24. The session will be held at the Cazenovia Pool, located on Abbott Road across from Mercy Hospital. Those who successfully attain certification can apply to become lifeguards at the City’s two indoor pools, as well as apply for summer 2023 positions at the City’s nine outdoor pools. Pay is $20 an hour.

Mayor Brown stated “We need our young people to step up in a big way after a lifeguard shortage last summer kept us from opening our City 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 awesome team of lifeguards. The position pays well and will help further improve the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide.”

Last summer, the City’s nine outdoor pools were closed due to a lifeguard shortage which impacted cities, towns, and private swimming facilities across New York State and throughout the United States. City of Buffalo youth who are interested in receiving the FREE and PAID Red Cross Certified Lifeguard training must register. Below is a list of upcoming lifeguard sessions.

February Certification BPS Winter Break

Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24 8:30am-5pm

Cazenovia Pool

March Certification Saturdays & Sundays 3/4, 3/5, 3/11, 3/12, 3/18

8:30am-5pm Cazenovia Pool


  • Youth who CAN already swim with proficiency
  • Youth ages 16-21
  • Preference given to youth who reside in the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School

Pre-registration for this course is required. Non-residents are welcome to register for a certification course for

$300. To register, go to


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