DEM offers additional certification testing for surf and non-surf lifeguards

The Rhode Island DEM has announced additional test dates for lifeguard certification to meet the recruiting needs of local facilities, especially for college and high school students who face scheduling conflicts with previous testing. All prospective lifeguards must obtain state certification and possess valid qualifications in lifeguard training, first aid and CPR for infants, children and adults.

The upcoming lifeguard certification tests for both surf and non-surf beaches are scheduled through Tuesday, July 16. Here are the details for the testing locations:

Surf certification testing:

  • Place: Scarborough North State Beach, Narragansett
  • Dates and times:
    • Thursday June 27 from 9am to 12pm
    • Tuesday, July 16 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Non-Surfing Certification Tests:

  • Place: Lincoln Woods State Park Beach, Lincoln
  • Dates and times:
    • Friday June 28 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am
    • Friday, July 12 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am

DEM continues to accept applications for qualified lifeguards at various state beach facilities. Lifeguards who submit complete application packages, including all necessary documents, and are hired by Friday, June 28, are eligible to receive a one-time $500 sign-on bonus. In addition, DEM is offering a $500 retention bonus at the end of the season to ensure workforce stability to support.

Currently, DEM has hired 109 lifeguards to ensure the safety and well-being of swimmers at Rhode Island state beaches and parks during the summer season. Interested candidates can find more information and apply online at

To streamline the certification process, DEM strongly advises all lifeguard candidates to pre-register for a testing time slot. Although walk-in registrations are accepted up to one hour before the last time slot, candidates may have to wait for an available opening and are not guaranteed a spot on test day. Applicants must bring a valid photo ID, documentation of lifeguard training, CPR and First Aid certification, a completed Lifeguard Certification form, and, if applicable, a signed proof of endurance swimming form.

For candidates under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must accompany them to the testing location and sign the Lifeguard Certification Form. If the guardian cannot be present, he or she can sign the form in advance with a notarized signature. Upon successful completion of the test, there will be a $10 fee for the State Lifeguard Certification Card, payable by cash, check or credit card.

The expansion of lifeguard certification testing dates aims to strengthen the recruitment of skilled and prepared lifeguard personnel throughout Rhode Island, ensuring safe swimming experiences at the state’s picturesque beaches and parks.

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