NorCal public pools limit hours due to lifeguard shortage

Summer and swimming usually go hand-in-hand, but this season Sacramento city pools are seeing short staffing.Twelve of the 13 city swimming pools are shut down on certain days due to a lifeguard shortage.Sharon Matthews lives by Cabrillo pool, which is closed on Thursdays.”I noticed it’s got odd hours and it’s opened up in the afternoon and got limited hours,” Matthews said.She said that’s why she brought her two grandkids to North Natomas on Thursday, which is the only public swimming pool open for limited hours every day.”They need things to do and the pool should be open,” she said. “It’s great for people like me, I’m a grandmother who doesn’t work. We want to take the kids out at 11 o’clock and have some fun.”Her grandson, 9-year-old Brayden Jackson said he would swim all day if he could.”Four hours and it’s not good. If it’s more than four hours, you get to play more,” Jackson said.Same with Gianna Gomes, who is also 9.”I don’t like how they close them. I feel like they should be open every day so I can go swimming every day,” Gomes said.The public swimming pools need more lifeguards to throw out the lifepreservers so they can add more hours. Click here to see the City pool schedules.The city said it’s hired some new employees but they are still in training.”We have several staff in the queue that should be onboarded soon, but our current staffing numbers are impacting scheduling/operations. All pools apart from Johnston Pool are currently open with modified schedules,” said Gabby Miller, a spokeswoman.Miller said the onboarding process is taking longer than they expected.Matthews said her son was a lifeguard for the city and enjoyed being around the water.” It was a good experience for him and gave him a lot of life experience and I encourage kids to do that,” Matthews said. “It’s a good-paying job for the summer.”In a few years, the city might have some prospects, like Gomes, who said she could be a lifeguard.”I like to help people,” she said.The lifeguard positions pay $15.05 an hour and the city is offering up to $600 in incentives. To apply, click here.

Summer and swimming usually go hand-in-hand, but this season Sacramento city pools are seeing short staffing.

Twelve of the 13 city swimming pools are shut down on certain days due to a lifeguard shortage.

Sharon Matthews lives by Cabrillo pool, which is closed on Thursdays.

“I noticed it’s got odd hours and it’s opened up in the afternoon and got limited hours,” Matthews said.

She said that’s why she brought her two grandkids to North Natomas on Thursday, which is the only public swimming pool open for limited hours every day.

“They need things to do and the pool should be open,” she said. “It’s great for people like me, I’m a grandmother who doesn’t work. We want to take the kids out at 11 o’clock and have some fun.”

Her grandson, 9-year-old Brayden Jackson said he would swim all day if he could.

“Four hours and it’s not good. If it’s more than four hours, you get to play more,” Jackson said.

Same with Gianna Gomes, who is also 9.

“I don’t like how they close them. I feel like they should be open every day so I can go swimming every day,” Gomes said.

The public swimming pools need more lifeguards to throw out the lifepreservers so they can add more hours. Click here to see the City pool schedules.

The city said it’s hired some new employees but they are still in training.

“We have several staff in the queue that should be onboarded soon, but our current staffing numbers are impacting scheduling/operations. All pools apart from Johnston Pool are currently open with modified schedules,” said Gabby Miller, a spokeswoman.

Miller said the onboarding process is taking longer than they expected.

Matthews said her son was a lifeguard for the city and enjoyed being around the water.

“It was a good experience for him and gave him a lot of life experience and I encourage kids to do that,” Matthews said. “It’s a good-paying job for the summer.”

In a few years, the city might have some prospects, like Gomes, who said she could be a lifeguard.

“I like to help people,” she said.

The lifeguard positions pay $15.05 an hour and the city is offering up to $600 in incentives.

To apply, click here.

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