EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – With less than 48 hours to go to summer solstice, many national and local swimming areas are already opening despite a nationwide shortage of lifeguards.
This includes the pools in East Hartford, which beat the odds.
All of its 55 lifeguard positions have been filled, so it will be fully staffed this summer. The timing is perfect as the city’s five swimming pools, including the Terry Pool, open at 1 p.m. on Fridays.
Not all places have been so lucky.
The shortage of lifeguards isn’t just at local state parks.
Many have reported fewer lifeguards as much of the country, including Connecticut, faces a severe shortage of lifeguards.
State-level, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s lifeguard workforce is only 63%. As a result, DEEP lifeguards will only be placed at six locations per day instead of the usual eight locations.
However, none of the state’s 22 bathing areas will close. DEEP simply advises parents to keep an eye on their young swimmers.
The shortage is also affecting many towns and villages.
For example, Hartford said its lifeguard workforce has fallen by about two-thirds comparing this season to pre-pandemic summers.
Families could check online when a lifeguard would be on duty.
Otherwise, non-residents are welcome at the East Hartford Pools; however, they have to pay $ 5 per day.
Residents can use the swimming pools for free.
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