Testing for state lifeguard certification begins this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Those hoping to get a job as a lifeguard this summer can get the necessary state certification beginning this week.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Monday it’s administering tests for both surf and non-surf certifications starting on Wednesday.

The DEM said candidates must hold valid cards in lifeguard training, first aid, and CPR and be at least 16 years of age. Applicants need to present a photo I.D. to verify their birth date and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Non-surf tests for lifeguard positions at pools and freshwater beaches will be given from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 25, June 15, and June 30 at the Prosser Grove Picnic Area at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown.

Surf tests for lifeguard positions at all types of swimming facilities will be given from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 26 and June 16 at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett.

A $10 fee for the certification card must be paid prior to the card being issued, according to the DEM.

In the event of inclement weather, call Burlingame State Park at (401) 322-8910 or Scarborough at (401) 789-2324 for cancellation information.

Visit the Division of Parks & Recreation’s website for more details.

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