Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-16 18:15:43 –
Nashville, TN (WTVF) — A lack of lifeguards can delay pool opening and spike swimming lessons.
An empty lifeguard stand sits in some community pools. The American Lifeguard Association reports a national shortage. According to Olympic gold medalist Davis Tarwater, he had a hard time finding a safe splash swim school lookout.
“I’ve heard reports of having to close the pool in the summer. It was even difficult to staff lifeguards. There are people training them in-house, but it was hard,” Tarwater said. Said.
During the pandemic, some training and certification courses were canceled or postponed. “The lifeguard market is at stake because many pools haven’t been open for some time since then, and it’s now completely cycled,” said Tarwater.
For her parent, Colette Rodriguez, she feels good to know that the little Mave and Genevieve are learning the safety of swimming. “I wanted to make sure my kids were safe. When your kids learn new skills, I think it empowers them,” Rodriguez said.
Knowing how to swim is important at her ages 2 and 5 as she said they go to some unprotected pools. “When you were in the public pool, I saw attendants not paying attention to their phones, and that happened in the last few weeks,” Rodriguez said.
At the end of their swimming lessons, Colette wants the lifeguard stands to fill up quickly for safety reasons. “It only takes a second … if they think they’re fearless underwater, that’s when bad things happen,” Rodriguez said.
Another reason for the swimming lesson boom is that many children missed their lessons during the pandemic. SafeSplash opened another swimming school in Cool Springs this week.
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