DEC to hold lifeguard certifications

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will be hosting a series of lifeguard qualifying exams this winter in anticipation of hiring lifeguards for the 2018 DEC campground season.

The qualifying procedures will be held from January through June at a variety of locations around the Adirondacks, including at Paul Smith’s College and in Gloversville, Glens Falls and Port Henry. Those interested can go to whatever location is closest to them.

To qualify for a lifeguard certification, swimmers must be at least 16 years old and complete the following physical tasks: swim 20 continuous laps (550 yards), tread water for 2 minutes and swim 20 yards to retrieve a brick from the bottom of the pool. Lifeguards also have to meet vision requirements, get a doctor’s certificate of physical ability and have valid CPR and first aid certificates.

The DEC said that seasonal lifeguard positions will be available at campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The jobs pay $13.27 per hour, and many locations offer free housing for the season.

For a full list of the physical requirements, as well as the dates and times of the exams, go to