With the fog rolling in early this morning, you wouldn't typically think, 'this is a great beach day!' But the weather didn't scare off the nearly one hundred candidates for surf–lifeguard certification. Today at Scarborough State Beach, lifeguards were certified for ocean-front positions. John Flatus, Deputy Chief of the State Department pf Parks and Recreations explains, "what we are doing is certifying some surf–lifeguards for 2013 especially with this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, there are a lot of individuals who are trying to get their certifications in order to start working this weekend."
For many this is the last step before being eligible to start working jobs they already have lined up, to qualify for the surf tests candidates have been trained in first aid, CPR, and basic lifeguard training.
Water temperatures are still only in the upper 50s to low 60s making it that much more difficult for these lifeguards to get surf certified. Sarah Rundquist, who was getting surf-certified says, "the cold is really basically what I thought was the worst part of the test...I mean I felt really comfortable going in the water but...that was not fun." And Paul Sayour who was also getting surf-certified says, "It was really cold like the water it gets you out of breath so easily, it feels like its sucking the energy out of you."
The candidates had to look past the cold, and impress the lifeguard captains. Adam Littlefield explains what he is looking for during the certification, "Looking for confidence in the water, looking for definitely some swimming ability getting out there getting through the surf, proper rescue technique."