DEC schedules lifeguarding course


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a free waterfront lifeguard course for prospective lifeguards at agency facilities Feb.19-22 at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. 

Individuals 16 years of age and older may register. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguarding skills, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for the professional rescuer, and first aid. Class times are to be determined.

A prerequisite fitness test will be given the morning of Feb.19. All applicants must meet agency medical and vision (20/70 or better) requirements and will be required to complete the following physical tests:

• A 550 yard (22 lengths) continuous swim, front crawl or breaststroke only.

• Treading water for two minutes using legs only.

• Swim 20 yards, surface dive to retrieve a ten-pound brick, return to surface, and swim on the back returning to start point.

• Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

• Swim five yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed five yards apart in four to seven feet of water, resurface and swim another five yards to complete the skill sequence.

Immediately following the course, candidates who pass will be given the opportunity to take the DEC qualifying procedure. Only individuals who pass the qualifying procedure can be employed as DEC lifeguards.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. Most facilities offer free housing.

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


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