Indy Parks facing lifeguard shortage ahead of Memorial day weekend opening

IndyParks needs lifeguards
Public pools opening this weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) — Several Indy parks will officially open for the season this weekend, but some will close again during the week next week due to kids still being in school.

That's because there's a lifeguard shortage. So, if you're interested in becoming one, there's a few things you'll need to know: One of the prerequisites to being a life guard? Swimming. Another includes treading water for one minute, as well as being able to retrieve a 10 lbs. brick at the deep end of the pool.

At the moment, Indy Parks has about 240 life guards and supervisors on staff, but would like to have around 300 hired for this summer. Year-round school and older teens heading back to college make it challenging to staff pools during the summer.

Indy Parks pools that open this weekend (but will not be open next Tuesday through Friday) include:

  • Eagle Creek Swim Area
  • Ellenberger Pool
  • Garfield Aquatic Center
  • Indy Island Aquatic Center
  • Krannert Aquatic Center
  • Perry Aquatic Center
  • Sahm Aquatic Center

Swimming facilities open this weekend between May 26 to May 28 then close on May 29 to June 1, but will reopen again the following day on June 2.

Click here for more information on becoming a life guard. Approximately 60 positions need to be filled.

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