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For Release: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DEC Offers Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course

Applications Now Accepted for Seasonal, Summer Recreation Jobs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that a free waterfront lifeguard course will be offered April 3 through April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, New York. Individuals looking for summer employment who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to learn more about DEC's summer recreation opportunities.

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguard skills, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid.

A prerequisite fitness test will be given on Tuesday morning. Candidates must successfully compete each component to continue with the course:

  • A 550 yd. (22 lengths) continuous swim (front crawl or breaststroke only);
  • Treading water for 2 minutes using legs only; and
  • Swim 20 yds., surface dive to retrieve a 10 lb. brick, return to surface and swim on the back & return to the starting point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Applicants must also be at least 16 years of age and meet agency medical and vision (20/70 or better) requirements.
Immediately following the course, candidates who pass will be given the opportunity to take the DEC qualifying procedure. Only individuals that pass the qualifying procedure can by employed as DEC lifeguards.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27. Additionally, most facilities offer free housing.

For more information, updates, or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at, or visit the Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation web page on DEC's website.

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