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Lifeguard Minimum Age At Children’s Camps Addressed With New Legislation

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Legislation has been signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul to address the minimum age of lifeguards at children’s camps.


The measure will require these lifeguards to be at least 17 years of age. Fifty percent of the number of lifeguards on duty may be at least 15 years of age if they’re under the supervision of a camp aquatics director. When it comes to wilderness swimming, lifeguards required must be at least 18 years of age.

To address the shortage of lifeguards in New York State, the legislation allows for the expansion of individuals who can become lifeguards at overnight, summer day, and traveling summer camps for children.

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