Louisville Parks and Rec needs even more lifeguards as summer officially arrives

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As summer officially begins Thursday, Louisville Parks and Recreation are looking to hire a few more lifeguards to watch over their five community pools.

In 2017, the department faced a lifeguard shortage, and 2018 is looking the same way.

E’moni Washington, a veteran when it comes to being a lifeguard at The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in the Crescent Hill neighborhood, said she doesn't have as many coworkers as she used to.

“It’s kind of hard sometimes when we are short guards, and we are up on the stands for hours at a time, especially if we are outside," Washington said. "It makes it hard on everybody."

Currently, there are 29 hired lifeguards to monitor five pools, yet a few are still needed to avoid having to pull a guard from one pool to another without sacrificing safety.

Keith Smith, the Aquatics Director with Louisville Parks and Recreation, said more than 10,000 people have used the five city pools so far in June.

Lifeguard pay starts at $10.50 an hour and increases to $11 for the second year. The guards will also take part in 30 hours of CPR and training.

Too hot or too rainy of a summer has a negative impact on the pools and the parks revenue, even if they had enough guards.

“The weather is our enemy," Smith said. "Hot days ... and a lot of people don’t want to get into the water. Rainy days, if they think it is going to rain, they won’t come."

To apply to be a lifeguard in Louisville, click here.

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