The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is announcing their free lifeguard qualifying procedures are set to begin on February 4th.

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Anyone who is over 15 and interested in working for a DEC facility this summer is eligible to register. Everyone that applies will be considered.

The procedure consists of two parts. The first being a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills and training component. Something incredibly important not only for being a lifeguard, but just to have as a life skill as well. The second procedure involves a water skills evaluation.

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Though the DEC's lifeguarding positions are primarily seasonal, they are worth it if you need a job this summer. The current starting rate for NYS lifeguards is $20 an hour, with some DEC facilities offering housing or on-site accommodations.

The DEC lifeguard requirements are as follows...

  • Be at least 15-years-old.
  • Have valid certification in Waterfront Skills, Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for the Rescuer (or equivalent).
  • Completed NYS lifeguard qualifying procedure.
  • Submitted NYS DEC medical form.
  • Meet vision requirements.
  • Complete interview.
  • Attend DEC lifeguard orientation.
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If you're interested in becoming a lifeguard, here are the dates to know...

2023 Qualifying Dates and Locations

Feb. 4th - 9:00am - Franklin Academy - Malone, NY
Feb. 24th - 4:30pm - Gloversville Middle School - Gloversville, NY
Feb. 25th - 9:00am - Queensbury Elementary School - Queensbury, NY
March 3rd - 4:00pm - Catskill Recreation Center - Arkville, NY
April 10th - 9:00am - Gloversville Middle School - Gloversville, NY
April 14th - 4:30pm - Gloversville Middle School - Gloversville, NY
April 29th - 9:00am - Moriah Central School - Port Henry, NY
May 26th - 4:00pm - Catskill Recreation Center - Arkville, NY
June 3rd - 9:00am - Gloversville Middle School - Gloversville, NY
June 24th - 9:00am - Moriah Central School - Port Henry, NY

You can always get more information by visiting the DEC's website.

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