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DEM Conducting Lifeguard Certification Tests Beginning This Week

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it is administering conditional Non-Surf and Surf Lifeguard Certification tests beginning this week; lifeguard positions at all beaches and pools in Rhode Island require certification and special training in first aid, CPR, and lifeguard training.

Non-surf tests for lifeguards working at freshwater/bayside beaches and pools 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 lifeguards working 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. There is a $10.00 fee for the state certification card, which must be paid prior to the card being issued.

In order 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 16 years of age and must present a photo I.D. 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.

In case of inclement weather, contact the facility administering the test for cancellation information: Burlingame State Park at 322-8910 and Scarborough at 789-2324.

Additional information is available on the parks website, Follow DEM on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) or Facebook at for timely updates.

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  • Release date: 05-23-2016

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