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Lifeguard shortage may force Clearwater to cut back on swim classes

Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:39:39-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There's a lifeguard shortage in Clearwater, and the city needs to fill at least 30 positions by the summer.

"Currently, there's a nationwide lifeguard shortage," said Ajene Snow, the Clearwater lifeguard coordinator.

"We are right up there with the rest of the nation," said Snow.

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According to the city, five or six lifeguards are needed on the beach, and about 24 are needed for the Clearwater's four recreation centers. Those lifeguards will be swim instructors.

Snow said if those positions aren't filled, the city will have to cut back on the number of swim classes offered, and "they won't have as much coverage on the beach." That can be crucial with spring break coming up.

Money is one of the reasons the city is having a hard time filling the positions. Lifeguards make $12.50 an hour.

Snow said they're hoping to attract high school students looking for summer work.

The city will pay for the training classes lifeguards need before getting hired. To apply, you must be 16 years old. There are part-time positions available for those who have a full-time job.

For more details about how to apply, click here.