NYS DEC lifeguard qualifying procedures begin Jan. 21

WSYR-TV - New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are invited to participate in free lifeguard qualifying procedures beginning Jan. 21.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer.

The current hourly rate for NYS DEC lifeguards is $13.27. Additionally, most facilities offer free housing.

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register.

DEC qualifying procedures will be offered through June 11.

At the time of employment, DEC lifeguards must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • 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;
  • Have completed a personal interview with DEC
  • Have attended a DEC lifeguard orientation
  • Submit 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.

Click here to see a full list of 2017 lifeguard qualifying procedure dates and locations. 

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