Lifeguard shortage may keep some Green Bay pools closed for now

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) If you’ve ever dreamed about working as a lifeguard, the city of Green Bay wants to hear  from you. Kris Schuller reports swimming season is almost here and the city still needs to hire lifesaving staff. 

During the summer in Green Bay thousands of people use the city’s three outdoor swimming pools.

“We want all of our facilities open so everyone can enjoy a fun, safe summer,” said Recreation Supervisor Ann Moeller from Green Bay’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

But to open up those pools need lifeguards and right now Moeller has a shortage of qualified applicants.

“Pretty severe issue, to the point that we’re talking about if we can get all three of our pools ready to open this Saturday,” Moeller said.

Pool season is suppose to kick off June 8 at Joannes Aquatic Center, Colburn Pool and Resch Aquatic Center. But Moeller says only Resch is fully staffed and set to open. While Joannes and Colburn pools still need 15 to 20 more  lifeguards for the summer.

“Right now our biggest concern is Joannes and getting enough staff for Joannes,” Moeller said.
“We’re getting to the point where we might have to only open certain facilities on certain days, until we can get enough quality lifeguards ready to go for the season.”

To attract more candidates the city has learned to adapt, now offering required training for free.  

“We have decided to offer some free lifeguard training to get the certifications,  and we’ve seen a great response,” Moeller said. 

But more qualified candidates are needed and until Moeller fills all her openings, she may have to stagger pool openings –  a necessary move to make sure swimmers are kept safe.

“We want to keep our facilities safe – so we’re going to do what we need to do,” she said. 

The position pays roughly $11 an hour and you can find a link to apply here.

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