Lifeguard Training Requirements and Resources

Individuals interested in working as a lifeguard in the State of Rhode Island must become certified by the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Parks and Recreation as either a Surf or Non-Surf lifeguard to work at a waterfront facility.

  • Surf Certified: Lifeguards can work at any type of swimming facility in the state.
  • Non-Surf Certified: Lifeguards can work at non-surf (freshwater or bayside) beaches and pools.
State Lifeguard Certification Process and Testing Dates

CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR courses are offered throughout the year by accredited organizations. Candidates should check with the accredited agencies for dates and times for these courses and all courses must be completed prior to the start of the State Certification Tests.

The following nationally accredited organizations offer CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses that will be accepted:

A valid and current EMT license will be honored for the CPR and First Aid requirements, but candidates must still obtain a separate card verifying completion of Lifeguard Training.

Upcoming Lifeguard Training Courses

Endurance Swim

Examples of Approved Aquatics Examiners:

  • Designated Rhode Island State Park Staff
  • Certified Lifeguard Instructors or Supervisors
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Recreation and Athletic Directors
  • Pool Facility Managers
  • Beach Managers

This list is subject to change. Contact the facility directly to confirm.

CCRI - Flanagan Campus

1762 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865

Facility Contact: Kevin Salisbury, Email

City of Warwick – McDermott Pool

975 Sandy Lane, Warwick (401) 738-2019

Facility Contact: Greg Hindle

Pods Swimming

111 Commercial Way, East Providence, RI 02914

Facility Contact: Susan Pascale-Frechette, Email

Roger Williams University

1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809

Facility Contact: Matt Emmert, (401) 580-7313