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Shortage of lifeguards a challenge for community pools

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FORT WAYNE, Ind (WPTA21) - The demand for workers in a rebounding economy is creating problems for area pools in need of lifeguards and other staff.

It could even mean some facilities don't open this season.

Daryn Schwartz, the aquatics supervisor for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreadion Department says, "right now, we are safety operating both McMillan pool and Northside pool with staff. We are still hiring though. We could we use more at this point."

Schwartz says if more positions aren't filled, not all of the city's pools may open.

"We've been trying to find staff to be able to open all three pools," he said. "We've gone out recruiting to schools, we've done Zoom interviews and held recruitment classes.

"We just haven't able to get the numbers we needed to safely open Memorial Park Swimming Pool this year".

It's just not the public pools that are struggling to find lifeguards. The YMCA is facing the same challenge.

Both organizations will provide free training to become a certified lifeguard -- but that takes time and the city and "the Y" are still hoping more qualified candidates will apply right away.

To apply for positions at city pools, go to https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/jobs-with-the-city.html.

To apply for YMCA positions, go to https://www.fwymca.org/job-openings.

Matthew Bullock

Matthew Bullock is the weekend morning meteorologist for ABC21.

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