PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Environmental Management will administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification testing for the 2019 season. Certification is required for lifeguard positions at all Rhode Island beaches. Surf tests for lifeguards working at all types of swimming facilities will be held July 30 through Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett. Non-surf tests for lifeguards working at freshwater and bayside beaches will be held from Aug. 7 to Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Prosser Grove Picnic Area, Burlingame State Park, Charlestown.
Candidates must have completed courses in and hold valid cards in lifeguard training, first aid, and CPR; this includes training in infant, child, and adult techniques. Candidates must be at least 16 and present a photo identification with verification of date of birth at the time of testing. Any candidate under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A $10 fee for the 2019 certification card must be paid by cash or check. Candidates who pass the test will be certified through September 30, 2019. Lifeguards who received a conditional 2018 certification must pass a 2019 test. For weather-related cancellations, call 401-667-6200 for information.