Lifeguard shortage affecting Springfield pools
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
The city of Springfield has seen a shortage of lifeguards this summer season.
According to staff with the park district, the number of applications they saw was fewer than usual. They said it took a lot longer to reach a full staff.
Due to the shortage in lifeguards, area pools are having to make changes in order to stay open.
The park district has three pools, however, has had to start closing one early every summer due to not having enough guards.
“Well honestly, without them in the chairs we wouldn’t be able to open,” explained Lynn Saputo.
In order to keep pools open, the park district is working to encourage teenagers to apply for lifeguard positions. The park district is doing this by offering to pay for new lifeguards to get their certification, as long as they agree to work for the park district after becoming certified.