Want to make a splash? Austin needs more lifeguards

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whether your summer plans involve working by the pool, or just laying by it, a job fair Friday will affect you. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting lifeguards with special hiring sessions. Friday’s will be the third in a series of six.

Last summer, a shortage of lifeguards prevented some Austin city pools from opening on time. This time around the city hopes to get a lot of lifeguards signed up.

“Can’t stand the heat, so looking forward to the pool,” said Trish Mosier. She plans to spend about every day with her 4-year-old daughter enjoying the water. They live in the Hyde Park neighborhood and go to Shipe Park a lot. “It should open next week…cause that’s when it’s going to get hot, right? I’m already hot!”

Shipe Pool was one of the city pools that opened late last summer, and then had limited hours because of the lifeguard shortage.

“We came here about two, maybe three, times [last year] and it was always closed,” said Lizett Correa, who was at Shipe Park on Thursday with her 2- and 5-year-old sons.

The City of Austin wants to make sure that is not the case this summer. Lifeguard hiring and training takes time, and while pool openings are staggered, PARD is working to fill the 750 lifeguard positions so each can open on time.

Correa and her two sons sure hope so.

“The pool is a great activity to come with the kids, so they can get out of the house,” she said.

The lifeguard hiring session April 3, is from noon to 4 p.m at the Aquatic Administration and Training Facility at 2818 San Gabriel Street. Keep in mind, with training and gear, potential lifeguards will have to spend up to $74.

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