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For Release: Friday, December 7, 2018

DEC Announces Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures to Begin Jan. 19

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that annual lifeguard qualifying procedures begin on Jan. 19, 2019. New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are encouraged to register for these free sessions.

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

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer may register. DEC qualifying procedures will be offered through June 22, 2019. Candidates who qualify will be considered for employment. The procedure includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and performance of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills. Candidates may attend the DEC qualifying location most convenient to them, and results will be forwarded to their 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 Healthcare Provider, and First Aid (if not included in the lifeguard training course);
  • Have successfully completed the DEC lifeguard qualifying procedure;
  • Submitted a current certification of the candidate'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;
  • Have completed a personal interview with DEC; and
  • Have attended a DEC lifeguard orientation.

Qualifying procedures 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 equipment. Candidates must bring photo identification, current certifications (if available), and their own CPR mask.

2019 Qualifying Dates and Locations
Date Time Location Address City

Saturday January 19th

9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday February 16th 4:00pm Catskill Recreation Center
(DEC Candidates Only)
651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Friday February 22nd 4:30pm Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday February 23rd 9:00am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday March 16th 9:00am Glens Fall High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Saturday March 23rd 9:00am Holland Patent High School 8079 Thomson Road Holland Patent
Sunday March 24th 9:00am Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday April 6th 9:00am Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Friday April 19th 4:00pm Catskill Recreation Center
(DEC Candidates Only)
651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday April 20th 9:00am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday April 27th 9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday May 11th 9:00am South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Saturday May 18th 9:00am Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday June 1st 9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday June 9th 9:00am Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday June 22nd 4:00pm Catskill Recreation Center
(DEC Candidates Only)
651 County Hwy 38 Arkville

DEC reserves the right to cancel any of the qualifying sessions listed above.

Certification courses may be available through DEC. For more information, updates, or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at Info.LifeGuard@dec.ny.gov, or visit DEC's Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation webpage.

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