SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The YMCA of Central New York will cover the cost of their lifeguard training classes to make it easier for more people to get the necessary training as a shortage of lifeguards is causing some beaches and pools to remain closed this summer.
As temperatures rise this season, the need for safe places to cool off is more important than ever.
Pools at the YMCA are open year-round, so the need for certified lifeguards is constant.
“We have been fortunate to have been able to keep our pools open with very few closings due to staff shortages,” said Jennifer Brown, Association Director of Aquatics and Safety for the YMCA of Central New York.
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The YMCA runs lifeguard training classes throughout the year to ensure lifeguards are up to date on certifications.
People who train to become lifeguards at the YMCA can work at their pools and will be able to help reduce shortages at other local pools and beaches to ensure others are able to safely enjoy them.
“We increased the wages for our lifeguards in 2021,” said Brown. “We’ve also expanded our hiring to include age 15, allowing more teenagers to get important and impactful work experience.”
New York state also announced a pay increase for lifeguards in June 2022 in an effort to address the ongoing shortage at beaches and pools.
Learn more about lifeguard training at the YMCA of Central New York HERE.