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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Next Round of the 2024 City of Buffalo Lifeguard Training Sessions Begin Saturday, March 2nd


Buffalo, NY – While potential lifeguards continue their training as part of the first round of the 2024 Lifeguard Training Sessions in Buffalo, officials from the City of Buffalo Division of Parks and Recreation, as well as the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, issued a reminder today to City youth that registration is now underway for the March training session, which begins on Saturday, March 2nd. The course will continue the following two weekends, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classes will take place at the Lovejoy Pool, located at 1171 E. Lovejoy Street.

The upcoming course is free for City of Buffalo youth, who will receive a hiring stipend of $525 when they become certified and join the City’s Lifeguard Team. The classes are scheduled to take place on the following dates at the Lovejoy Pool. All sessions run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because of the need for more summer lifeguards in Buffalo, Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo increased the wage last year to $20 an hour, up from the $15.50 to $17.50 range in previous years.


Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3 Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10 Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

After a yearlong multi-faceted lifeguard recruiting process that began in 2022, Centennial Pool, Kensington Pool, and Riverside Pool were able to open last summer after the City successfully recruited 73 lifeguards. Buffalo’s outdoor pools had been closed for three summers due to a lifeguard shortage that was impacting cities across the country. Eligibility requirements for lifeguard trainees are as follows:

  • Youth who CAN already swim with proficiency.
  • Youth who are at least 16 years old.
  • Preference given to youth who reside in the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School.
  • The cost of the program is free to City of Buffalo residents; $250 for those living outside the City limits; $75 for re-certification.


Youth who are interested in participating in the March training sessions, or those interested in being a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Instructor, should visit to register and get additional information on the certification course. Those who hold Red Cross lifeguard certification can apply to be a lifeguard on the City’s website:

for re-certification.