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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lifeguard testing begins tomorrow in Charlestown

DEM announces schedule for certification sessions
child drowning GIFThe 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.

The schedule of testing is as follows:

May 23, June 13, and June 18 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Prosser Grove Picnic Area, Burlingame State Park, Charlestown Non-surf tests for lifeguards working at freshwater/bayside beaches

May 24 and June 14 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 16 years of age and 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. There is a $10 fee (cash or check only) for the state certification card, which must be paid prior to the card being issued.

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 For more information about DEM divisions and programs, visit

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