Lifeguard shortage impacting pool operations in Dayton

DAYTON — A local public pool is finding it has to change how it operates due to a shortage of lifeguards.

A shortage of lifeguards has been an issue since before the pandemic, then became worse when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.

Recreation centers and pools were shut down, which meant centers weren’t making enough money to keep workers on staff.

“One of our three pools has not been able to operate since the beginning of the pandemic. We have not been able to reopen it because I don’t have enough staff to make sure it’s safely maintained,” Dana Prazynski, program coordinator for the City of Dayton Department of Recreation said.

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Prazynski said the two pools that they do have open are having to operate on alternating days during the week.

Those looking for a summer job will need to meet some requirements Prazynski said.

”We are looking for anybody that can swim 15 years and older. We follow the American Red Cross certification process, which requires a 300-yard swim consisting of freestyle and breaststroke. They also need to be able to swim to the deepest end of our pool at the site. It’s 13 feet deep,” Prazynski said.

Dayton will be holding lifeguard training which is free with a commitment to work for the City of Dayton or $200 without the commitment.

To learn more about training classes and how to apply visit the City of Dayton’s Department of Recreation website.