DEM conducting lifeguard certification tests this month

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced 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:

June 13 and June 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prosser Grove Picnic Area in Burlingame State Park, Charlestown. Non-surf tests for lifeguards working at freshwater/bayside beaches

May 24 and June 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Scarborough State Beach in 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 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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