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Lifeguard shortage could shutter a third of US public pools this summer

Added 05-26-22 06:18:02am EST - “This summer, families looking for an open community pool or a guarded public beach might find it difficult due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Lifeguard shortage could shutter a third of US public pools this summer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This summer, families looking for an open community pool or a guarded public beach might find it difficult due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage.

According to the American Lifeguard Association, it could even prevent about a third of the 309,000 pools across the country from opening. It also leat fewer staffed lifeguard towers at recreational beaches.

“Ever since lifeguarding started, we’ve had difficulty filling the ranks because it’s a tough job to obtain,” said Wyatt Werneth, the association’s national spokesman.

It takes very rigorous physical training, first aid and trauma training and a lot of tentative-type skills such as watching the water.

City officials in Overland Park, Kansas, were forced to close two of their five outdoor pools amid the staffing shortages.

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