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For Release: Monday, December 22, 2014

DEC Lifeguard Tests Begin January 10, 2015

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering free lifeguard tests in the Adirondack and Catskill regions starting January 10, 2015. Tests will be given to individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer and will be offered through June 7, 2015.

Only candidates who pass the examination will be considered for employment. Testing includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and performance of the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) single rescuer procedure. The exam may be taken at the DEC testing location most convenient to the applicant, and the results will be forwarded to the preferred work location.

At the time of employment, all DEC lifeguards must:

  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Possess a valid certification in Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid if not included in the lifeguard training course;
  • Have successfully completed the New York State DEC lifeguard exam;
  • Have attended one of the DEC lifeguard orientations;
  • Have completed a personal interview with DEC;
  • Submit a current certification of the applicant's physical ability to perform lifeguard duties;
  • Meet the Vision Requirement of 20/70 uncorrected in both eyes and be correctable to the 20/40 standard. Candidates tested at a vision level below 20/40 in either one or both eyes must correct to a minimum of 20/40 with 20/20 preferred.

Exams will begin on time and late arrivals will not be accepted. Candidates will be given a 15-minute warm-up period to become familiar with the pool and testing equipment. Candidates must bring their own CPR mask.

Below is a list of the 2015 exam locations and dates:

Date Time Location Address City
Saturday
January 10th
9:00 am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday
February 28th
9:00 am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday
March 7th
9:00 am Holland Patent High School 8079 Thomson Road Holland Patent
Sunday
March 15
9:00 am Paul Smith's College Route 30 Saranac Lake
Sunday
March 22nd
9:00 am Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Saturday
April 18th
9:00 am South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Saranac Lake
Sunday
April 19th
9:00 am Paul Smith's College Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday
April 25th
2:00 pm SUNY Cobleskill (Bouck Hall) State Route 7 Cobleskill
Sunday
May 3rd
9:00 am SUNY Delhi (Konsela Hall) 2 Main Street Delhi
Saturday
May 30th
9:00 am Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday
June 6th
9:00 am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday
June 7th
9:00 am Paul Smith's College Route 30 Saranac Lake

DEC reserves the right to cancel any exam. For more information and updates on Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, or e-mail DEC at Info.LifeGuard@dec.ny.gov.

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