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For Release: Monday, January 13, 2014

DEC Lifeguard Tests Now Available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently offering free lifeguard tests in the Adirondack and Catskill regions. Individuals 16 years of age and older who are interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer may take the test, which will be offered through June 14, 2014.

Candidates must pass the examination to 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 applicant's 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, 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 completed a personal interview with DEC;
  • Have attended one of the DEC lifeguard orientations;
  • Submit a current certification of the applicant's physical ability to perform lifeguard duties.

Exams will begin at the designated 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 2014 exam locations and dates:

Date Time Location Address City
Sunday
January 19th
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday
February 15th
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday
March 8th
9:00 a.m. Holland Patent High School 8079 Thomson Road Holland Patent

Sunday
March 9th

9:00 a.m. Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Sunday
March 30th
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday
April 5th
9:00 a.m. South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Sunday
April 13th
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday
April 26th
2:00 p.m. SUNY Cobleskill
(Bouck Hall)
State Route 7 Cobleskill
Sunday
May 4th
9:00 a.m. SUNY Delhi
(Konsela Hall)
2 Main Street Delhi
Saturday
May 10th
9:00 a.m. Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Sunday
May 18th
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Saturday
June 7th
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Saturday
June 14th
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam

DEC reserves the right to cancel any exam. For more information and updates or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at info.lifeguard@dec.ny.gov or visit DEC's website.

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