Indy Parks facing lifeguard shortage at city pools
A shortage of lifeguards will affect swimming hours at city pools.
Indy Parks doesn't have enough lifeguards. As a result, the city will adjust pool hours when it goes to its Monday-Sunday schedule, starting June 9. (City pools opened weekends only starting Memorial Day weekend.)
Indy Parks spokesperson Maureen Faul said all 19 pools will close one day a week so lifeguards can be sent to different locations. She said that schedule will continue until they're fully staffed.
Faul said Indy Parks usually hires 320 lifeguards each summer. This year, they're about 50 short.
Faul said they plan to increase a lifeguard's pay from $8/hour to $10/hour in the hopes of attracting more qualified applicants.
Lifeguards need to be able to swim 200 yards, retrieve a ten-pound diving brick from the bottom of a 12-foot pool and tread water for a minute.
Those hired will receive training in CPR, water rescue and first aid.