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Owner and founder of Epi+Center Rescue, Cary Epstein is an expert in his field. With more than two decades as an Emergency Medical Technician and ocean lifeguard with the prestigious Jones Beach Lifeguard Corp, Cary brings not just a wealth of medical/aquatics knowledge to all of his clients, but the experiences as well.  In 2017, he was awarded New York States "Lifeguard of The Year" & received a proclamation from the NYS Senate. In 2018, Cary was one of the first groups to train at New York States Preparedness Training Center, operated by the Department of Homeland Security. While there, he completed over 56 hours of intense water rescue & ropes training & now holds certification as a Basic Rescue Technician & Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician.  An avid triathlete and 4x Ironman finisher, Cary saw the need for more advanced water safety services both privately and in the professional world. Since forming "The Epi+Center", he has worked independently as the Lifeguard & Swim Course Director for several large scale events for the World Triathlon Corporation, Swim Across America & manages/oversees the entire water safety operation for the Lifetime New York City Triathlon. Being on camera is nothing new for Cary. In 2008, he was appointed media relations spokesperson by the deputy of Long Island State Parks for the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corp. You can find him in hundreds of news interviews and morning talk shows such as Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, & Good Day NY.  In addition, Cary has worked as a lifeguard & consultant on the Paramount Film "Baywatch", and the season 3 Netflix series "Stranger Things". In 2023, Cary authored the book "Lifeguarding for Dummies" as part of the worldwide Dummies collection (Wiley Publishing) which will be available worldwide in May 2023. 


Cary has a Masters Degree in Health Education and has worked both as a high school teacher on Long Island & NYC. In 2016, he was awarded The Long Island University College of Education, Information & Technology Adjunct Faculty Award. In the Fall of 2018, he accepted a position as a full time Professor of Undergraduate Health Education & is the Coordinator for Teacher Preparation in Health & Physical Education. In the Fall of 2020 he was promoted to Assistant Dean to the College of Education Information and Technology. 

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