DEC Announces Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures to Begin Feb. 21

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DEC Announces Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures to Begin Feb. 21

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that annual lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Feb. 21, 2020. New Yorkers who 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 beautiful Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $14.66 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 20, 2020.

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 the 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 or BLS, and First Aid;
  • Have successfully completed the New York State DEC lifeguard qualifying procedure;
  • Submitted a current DEC medical form stating 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.

Below is a list of the 2020 qualifying dates and locations:

Date Time Location Address City
Friday,
Feb. 21
4:00 p.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday,
Feb. 22
9:00 a.m. Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday,
Feb. 29
1:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday,
March 21
9:00 a.m. Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Sunday,
March 22
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College
(Saunders Sports Complex)
Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday,
April 4
9:00 a.m. Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Friday,
April 17
4:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday,
April 18
9:00 a.m. Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Saturday,
April 25
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday,
April 26
9:00 a.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Saturday,
May 2
9:00 a.m. South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Saturday,
May 30
9:00 a.m. Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday,
June 6
9:00 a.m. Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday,
June 13
2:00 p.m. Kingston High School 403 Broadway Kingston
Sunday,
June 14
9:00 a.m. Paul Smiths College
(Saunders Sports Complex)
Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday,
June 20
4:00 p.m. Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville

DEC reserves the right to cancel any offered qualifying procedures.

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, or visit DEC's website. Applicants may also pre-register online at the 2020 DEC Lifeguard Qualifying Procedure Registration website.

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Basil Seggos, Commissioner

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