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Lifeguard shortage affects local public swimming pools

KLEW Lewiston logo KLEW Lewiston 5/25/2021 KLEW News Staff
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A nationwide shortage of lifeguards is hitting local pools and aquatic centers.

It takes 75 lifeguards or more to fully-staff the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center to keep the park and patrons safe.

The aquatic center is seeing a shortage of lifeguards and need to fill about 30 positions.

The Asotin County Family Aquatic Centers Manager, Jessica West, said they pay you for your training once you’re hired.

“We’re offering a paid lifeguard training,” said Jessica. “So, that takes place on Saturday, June 5, for skilled screening. Then we’ll move into the classes the following week. So, the classes are scheduled June 7 – June 11. You can find more information on our website.”

People interested can apply online or in person. The outdoor pool opens 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29.

According to The National Lifeguard Association, one of the reasons for the nationwide shortage of lifeguards is COVID restrictions preventing lifeguard training in some communities.

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