Philadelphia is suffering a lifeguard shortage, looking for help

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What’s red, white and in high demand in the City of Philadelphia this summer? You guessed it, lifeguards.

Lifeguard recruitment has always been a challenge for public pools across the country, according to Orlando Rendon with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

But, he says he thinks he knows why they have fewer guards than usual this summer.

“One of the things that we noticed as well when we speak to folks who are not returning, most people are taking the opportunity to do internships with particular companies rather than just doing life guarding that they’re accustomed to.”

Patrons, Rendon says, should not worry about the shortage because they are making ends meet.

“No pool opens without the appropriate staff and the appropriate equipment working as it does.  The minimum amount of staff that’s regulated by Red Cross, that’s what we do, and that’s how we open.  If a pool is not secure and safe it will never open, but we’re good in terms of running with our resources and making things work so everyone can have fun in a safe manner.”

Rendon adds that anyone who may be interested in becoming a lifeguard should contact Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

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