Austin needs hundreds of lifeguards as summer approaches

Barton Springs Pool lifeguard
Barton Springs Pool lifeguard

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With summer right around the corner, many people in Austin are starting to make plans for the blazing hot months, and that includes taking a dip in the pool.

The city is in need of more than 700 lifeguards to fill all the chairs and Austin is looking for a few good swimmers.  Currently the city only has 176 lifeguards and need to fill at least 400 spots by next month.

“We need a small miracle of people to rain down and apply,” said Erica Molacek, Aquatic division supervisor.  “If we don’t reach that 750 we won’t have pools entirely open, the will be open but we’ll have to shut down certain amenities of it.”

Friday night the Austin Parks and Recreation Aquatic Division will host a lifeguard job fair.  From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aquatic Office Parking lot at 400 Deep Eddy Ave. People 15 years old and up will be able to sign up to become a lifeguard.

  • Bring ID and social security card
  • Computers and staff available to help with online application
  • 15 – 16 years old need parent present for interview
  • 17 years old needs parent’s signature
  • Free pizza, drinks and dessert

The city of Austin needs to hire between 700 and 750 lifeguards, which is a hundred more than 2013.

They need all hands on deck because the pools will be open longer. Starting June 6th, a day after Austin ISD closes for the summer, people will be able to take a dip in the 50 public pools the city operates.  All the pools will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

City Council gave the aquatics department funding, $851,000,  to extend the swim season.
lifeguards will also get a  50 cent raise this year.  People older than 17 years-old will make $10.25 an hour.

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