Lifeguard Certification

Individuals interested in working as a lifeguard in the State of Rhode Island must become certified by the RI Division of Parks & Recreation as either a Surf or Non-Surf lifeguard to work at a beach or as a Pool Lifeguard (if required by facility operator) to work at a pool.

Surf Certified Lifeguards can work at any type swimming facility in the state.
Non-Surf Certified Lifeguards can work at non-surf (freshwater or bayside) beaches and pools.

Pool Certified Lifeguards can work only at swimming pools.

Note: Non - Conditional State Lifeguard Certification cards expire on September 30th of each year.

 

Lifeguard Certification Requirements:

Card Notes

Pool Certification

Candidates seeking a 2014 pool lifeguard certification, as may be required by their facility operator, can simply apply at the Division's Main Office at 1100 Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown . The office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the phone number is (401) 667-6200. Pool certification candidates must show a photo I.D., verification of their date of birth, and valid safety cards. The cost is $10.00. If their credentials are in order, they will be issued a Pool Lifeguard Certification Card.

Surf and Non-Surf Certification

No appointment is necessary, but the required active training cards or certificates, (CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training) or equivalent must be presented at the examination along with a photo I.D. and verification of date of birth. Candidates under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the waiver/application form.


Lifeguard Testing

Conditional Surf Test
(valid until August 8th, 2014)
Conditional Surf Test Consists of:
Date: May 22nd  and June 19th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Scarborough State Beach
Rescue: Torp and reel save, three person team

Board: Board rescue 100 yards out, flip board, secure victim on board, paddle board and victim to shore.

Conditional Non-Surf Test
(valid until August 15th, 2014)
Conditional Non-Surf Test Consists of:
Date: May 21st,  June 18th, June 26th 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.
Location: Burlingame State Park - Prosser Grove Picnic Area
One torpedo rescue, 25 yards out, tow victim to shore.
 
One rescue tube rescue, 25 yards out, front approach, securely wrap the tube around the victim, and tow to shore.

Board rescue 100 yards out, flip board, secure victim on board, paddle board and victim to shore.

Note: All conditionally certified lifeguards must return to take and pass a full test in August. Failure to take and pass a full test precludes candidates from any future conditional tests.


2014 Lifeguard Certification Examinations: (Cards valid until September 30, 2015 )

Surf Test Surf Test consists of:
Date: August 4th - August 8th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Scarborough State Beach
Endurance: Swim 440 yards in ten minutes or less using only front swimming strokes.

Rescue: Torp and reel save, three person team

Board: Board rescue 100 yards out, flip board, secure victim on board, paddle board and victim to shore.

Non-Surf Test Non-Surf Test Consists of:
Date: August 12th - August 15th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.
Location: Burlingame State Park  (Prosser Grove Picnic Area)
Endurance: Swim 440 yards in ten minutes or less using only front swimming strokes.

One torpedo rescue, 25 yards out, tow victim to shore.
 
One rescue tube rescue, 25 yards out, front approach, securely wrap the tube around the victim, and tow to shore.

Board rescue 100 yards out, flip board, secure victim on board, paddle board and victim to shore.

Direction to Burlingame State Park & Campground from Providence: Take I-95 South toward New York for 13.0 miles. At exit 9, take ramp left for RI-4 South toward North Kingstown for 10 miles to the intersection of Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 south for 19.8 miles to the exit for Prosser Trail Road and is the first exit for Burlingame on Route 1 South in Charlestown. Follow Prosser Trail Road to the Burlingame Prosser Picnic Area entrance on the left

Directions to Scarborough State Beach from Providence: Take ramp left for I-95 South toward New York for 13.0 miles. At exit 9, take ramp left for RI-4 South toward North Kingstown for 10.0 miles. Keep straight onto US-1 S / Tower Hill Rd for 7.4 miles. Take ramp right toward Narragansett in 0.1 of a mile. Turn left onto RI-1A / RI-108 / Kingstown Rd. Keep straight onto RI-1A S / RI-108 S / Kingstown Rd. At roundabout, take 1st exit onto RI-108 / Point Judith Rd. Turn left onto Burnside Ave in 0.6 of a mile. Turn right onto Ocean Rd in 0.2 of a mile. Make a U-turn to stay on Ocean Rd in 0.1 of a mile. Arrive at Scarborough State Beach, RI on the right.

Note: Candidates who fail a test in August will not be certified and cannot work as a lifeguard or apply to take a conditional lifeguard certification. They will only be certified when they are able to take and pass a full and complete test.


Training Course Opportunities:


Information on State Employment as a Lifeguard:

  1. All applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age.

  2. All applicants must be properly certified as either a Surf or Non – Surf Lifeguard depending on the location they are applying for work.

  3. Applicants for employment as Lifeguards with the Division of Parks and Recreation MUST FILL OUT A CS-14a APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT FORM. Applications can be printed out from the DEM Website (www.dem.ri.gov) under the jobs section. This form must be submitted to the D.E.M Office of Human Resources, room 350 in the Foundry Building at 235 Promenade Street in Providence, Telephone # (401) 222-2774.

    When an applicant is hired, they must fill out other required paperwork and a CS-60 Physical Form before being eligible to start work. This paperwork is completed at the D.E.M Office of Human Resources, room 350 in the Foundry Building at 235 Promenade Street in Providence, Telephone # (401) 222-2774.

  4. Candidates interested in being considered for a Lifeguard Supervisors (Captains) position shall hold active Instructors cards in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and C.P.R. from an accredited agency. Anyone interested in being a Lifeguard Supervisor/captain and who has a valid instructor’s card should contact the Division of Parks & Recreation so your name may be placed on file for future consideration.

  5. Additional information on Seasonal Employment with DEM and the Division of Parks and Recreation, or lifeguard Certification can be obtained by contacting the Division at: D.E.M – Division of Parks and Recreation 1100 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, RI.  Telephone Number: (401)-667-6200. Website: (www.riparks.com) DEM Website (www.dem.ri.gov) then click on jobs .

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