2012-07-26 / News

Tests next month for lifeguard certification

The state Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Parks and Recreation will administer surf and non-surf lifeguard certification tests, beginning on Monday, Aug. 6, to certify lifeguards for 2013. Any candidate who passes one of the tests will be certified through Sept. 30, 2013. Lifeguards who received a conditional 2012 surf or non-surf certifi cation must take and pass one of these tests.

Surf tests will be given daily from Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. Non-surf tests will be given daily from Tuesday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown. No appointment is necessary. For those who pass, there is a $10 fee for the 2013 state certification card.

In case of inclement weather, candidates should contact the facility where the tests are being given for any cancellation information: Scarborough telephone 789-2324; Burlingame State Park telephone 322-8910.

All lifeguard candidates must be at least 16 years old and must bring a photo ID with verification of date of birth to the test. Any candidate under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian to sign the waiver of liability form. All candidates must also bring valid training cards or certificates of completion in lifeguard training, first aid, and appropriate CPR, which includes adult, infant and child CPR training. These must be original, up-to-date cards or certificates of completion, and not due to expire within 30 days.

For more information, call DEM’s Division of Parks and Recreation headquarters at 222-2632 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

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