Lifeguard Shortage Puts County Parks At Disadvantage For Summer Fun

WATERFORD (WWJ) – What better way to meet new people during the summer than to work as a lifeguard at a beach or pool?

But as WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports; times have changed.

It’s an issue that most of us had no idea about … there’s a lifeguard shortage.

It’s a trend seen all over the country, and right here in southeast Michigan.

The Free Press reports Oakland County Parks delayed the full opening of its water park in Waterford because they had to recruit lifeguards and then train them. What’s going on?

Apparently as part of educational cuts, many physical education classes have dropped swimming lessons and there’s an increase in training requirements.

Here’s something to remember, many public pools aren’t required to have lifeguards, but if they don’t, they have to post signs making that clear.

You can find more information about First Aid and Lifeguard Training [HERE]

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