MADISON, Ala. — The City of Madison is currently experiencing a lifeguard shortage.
"On an average day we have about 500 patrons come visit our pools and that requires about 25 lifeguards to cover that shift. So, right now we don't have enough lifeguards to cover it, we really need to fill in the gaps and be able to service all of those patrons," said City of Madison's Communication Specialist, Samantha Magnuson.
The Parks and Recreation Department says they are in dire need of lifeguards for the upcoming summer season.
These staffing shortages are being seen across the valley and the country.
"The issue is probably broader sweeping, we know that a lot of local businesses are experiencing staff shortages and city facilities are no exception to that," said Magnuson.
There are requirements for the job but there is also an incentive, the city wants to help people become lifeguard certified at a discounted price.
"Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, and then they will have to have their lifeguarding ad and CPR certifications but again, we're offering those at 50% off so we hope that helps get some people in the door," said Magnuson.
This shortage affects the community and changes what summer could look like for pool patrons.
"Swim lessons are a huge thing in our community we have lots of kids in Madison, and we offer it at a huge discount compared to other local swim businesses. So, with that shortage we've had to cancel half of the swim lesson classes and close our outdoor pool on Thursdays," said Magnuson.
Filling these positions is important for the safety of those who attend Dublin Park.
So if you're looking for a summer job, this could be the gig for you.
"They're vital for water safety, the jobs they do require a lot of attention, a lot of skilled training, and we want to make sure that kids and patrons here are safe, and that's their first line of defense is having qualified and well-trained lifeguards," said Magnuson.
For more information, or to schedule a certification training session, contact the City of Madison's Aquatics Director, Chris Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 256-772-2560.
You can also visit the City of Madison's website for more.