Lifeguard Shortage

When public pools in cities across Indiana opened this year, many had to limit hours or cut back on availability because of a shortage of lifeguards.

Wyatt Werneth, spokesperson for the American Lifeguard Association, and a career lifeguard himself, explains that the shortage is being caused primarily by competition from easier jobs.

But he says the pandemic has affected us.

And he says J 1 work visas were canceled stopping the flow of students from Europe who would take jobs as lifeguards.

He also said that restaurants and retail stores have raised pay rates and those jobs tend to be easier.

He says you don’t have to be a strong swimmer, for instance, to work at Kohl’s.