Chicago seeks lifeguards amid shortage, growing crowds and rising temperatures

Chicago seeks lifeguards amid shortage, growing crowds and rising temperatures

CHICAGO (TOC) — As scores of individuals flocking to native seashores to beat the warmth, lifeguards are wanted to probably save lives.

At twelfth Avenue Seaside, it is solely gotten busier because the temperature rises.

Lifeguards in boats have been holding a detailed eye on beach-goers, however really turning into one takes time. In consequence, fewer are making use of.

“You actually have individuals’s lives in your watch that you simply’re taking good care of,” mentioned Dave Benjamin, cofounder of the Nice Lakes Surf Undertaking, which works to stop drownings within the area.

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He mentioned the scarcity begins with recruitment.

“Sadly, proper now could be the place we’re, however we have to begin in the present day to start out recruiting for subsequent summer time,” Benjamin mentioned.

Simply to grow to be a lifeguard in Chicago, candidates have to be a minimum of 16, be a Chicago resident, be absolutely vaccinated, move a swim take a look at and be licensed by the American Purple Cross. To not point out, it is a ton of duty.

“I believe it takes a particular human to need to be a lifeguard and exit and assist different individuals,” mentioned Forrest Wagner, a lifeguard teacher in Westmont.

He mentioned he needed to cancel a category this spring as a result of so few signed up.

“I usually take 10 to fifteen lifeguards and solely two college students signed up for the category,” Wagner mentioned.

Because the solar beams down, Benjamin is hopeful extra will really feel referred to as to the chair.

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