The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it will be administering an additional conditional Surf Lifeguard Certification test next week.  This test is being held because several candidates have expressed difficulty in getting to earlier tests due to their school schedules. Lifeguard positions at all beaches in Rhode Island require certification and special training in first aid, CPR, and lifeguard training.

The schedule of testing is as follows:

Tuesday, May 28 | 2 PM – 6 PM

Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett

Surf tests for lifeguards working at all types of swimming facilities

To qualify for testing, all candidates must have successfully completed courses and hold valid cards in lifeguard training, first aid, and CPR that includes infant, child, and adult. They must be at least 15 years of age and present a photo ID with verification of date of birth. Any candidate under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the waiver/application form or obtain one from RI State Parks Headquarters prior to the testing date. Waivers can be requested by contacting Tom Rosa at 401-667-6206 or tom.rosa@dem.ri.gov. There is a $10 fee (cash or check only) for the state certification card, which must be paid prior to the card being issued.

Individuals who plan to take the conditional lifeguard tests can register in advance; however, Tuesday’s test will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.  Candidates must enter all required information and upload a copy of their training certificates (lifeguard training, CPR, first aid) when registering. Candidates who choose not to register will be placed into the first available testing slot. To register, visit http://www.riparks.com/LifeguardCertification.html. For questions, contact Tom Rosa at tom.rosa@dem.ri.gov or at 401-667-6206. 

In case of inclement weather, contact RI State Parks headquarters at 401-667-6200 for cancellation information. 

For more information on becoming a lifeguard, visit www.riparks.com. For more information about DEM divisions and programs, visit www.dem.ri.gov.

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