The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will offer lifeguard qualifying courses, beginning in April. Registration is required and can be completed by contacting Erin McPeak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifying courses will be held on April 6 at 9:30 a.m., at Jamesville DeWitt Middle School in Onondaga County, on April 13 at 10 a.m. at SUNY Oneonta in Otsego County, and on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Chenango Forks Middle School in Broome County.
The qualifying process consists of two sections, swimming/lifesaving skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. Candidates must be successful in both sections to be eligible for employment with state parks.
Required certfications prior to employment include current lifeguard and waterfront skills certification; first aid for lifeguards, and current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, according to the announcement by state parks officials.
The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation’s Central Region employs around 115 lifeguards seasonally to protect park users at its 10 beaches, including Green Lakes in Fayetteville, Verona Beach, Delta Lake, Glimmerglass in Cooperstown, Bownman Lake in Oxford, Chenango Valley in Chenango Forks, Gilbert Lake in Laurens, Sandy Island and Selkirk Shores in Pulaski, and Oquaga Creek in Bainbridge.
For more information on certification courses, visit redcross.org or ymca.net. Courses may also be offered by local schools, colleges, or swim organizations.