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For Release: Friday, December 30, 2011

DEC Lifeguard Tests Begin January 8, 2012

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is offering free lifeguard tests in the Adirondack and Catskill regions starting January 8, 2012, the agency announced today. Tests will be given to individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer and will be offered through June 16, 2012.

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. Candidates will be evaluated on a pass or fail basis. 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 American Red Cross (or equivalent) certification in Waterfront Lifeguarding, and 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

Exam locations will open one hour prior to exam start time for candidates to become familiar with the pool and testing equipment. Exams will begin on time, and late arrivals will not be accepted. Candidates must bring their own CPR mask.

Below is a list of exam locations and dates:

Exam Locations and Dates
Date Time Location
Sunday
January 8th
9:00 a.m. Glens Falls High School
15 Quade Street, Glens Falls
Sunday
January 29th
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College
Route 30, Saranac Lake
Saturday
February 11th
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy
55 Brandt Pl., Amsterdam
Saturday
March 3rd
9:00 a.m. South Lewis Central School
4264 East Road, Turin
Sunday
March 4th
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College
Route 30, Saranac Lake
Sunday
March 25th
9:00 a.m. Glens Falls High School
15 Quade Street, Glens Falls
Saturday
April 7th
9:00 a.m. Holland Patent High School
8079 Thompson Road, Holland Patent
Saturday
April 21st
Noon SUNY Cobleskill
State Route 7, Bouck Hall, Cobleskill
Saturday
May 5th
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School
403 Broadway, Kingston
Saturday
May 12th
9:00 a.m. Queensbury Elementary School
431 Aviation Road, Queensbury
Saturday
May 19th
1:00 p.m. SUNY Delhi
2 Main Street, Konsela Hall, Delhi
Saturday
May 26th
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School
403 Broadway, Kingston
Saturday
June 2nd
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy
55 Brandt Place, Amsterdam
Saturday
June 16th
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School
403 Broadway, Kingston

DEC reserves the right to cancel any exam. For more information or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC, visit Facebook NYS DEC Lifeguards or go to Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation on DEC's website.

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