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In Light of Lifeguard Shortage, Cities Reconsider Fees

Posted by | June 2, 2017 | Lifeguard Jobs, Lifeguards

In Light of Lifeguard Shortage, Cities Reconsider FeesEmployers are luring applicants with the promise of paid training, free certificationsBy Nate TraylorGeorge Panton / Water Safety ProductsRealizing they’re losing talent to low-entry jobs in retail and food service, some cities and counties are doing what they can to remove the obstacles that hold back many teens and college students from pursuing careers as lifeguards.Chief among those barriers is the cost of certification, which can demand upwards of $250, depending on the certifying agency.That’s a hefty price to enter a field that offers mostly part-time seasonal work. As public pool managers have struggled to fill positions, employers have had to reexamine their expectations of applicants.“We were charging upfront fees before we could even hire them on,” said Will Kocher, a facility manager with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. “In a lot of areas in our community, that was a significant barrier, and we wanted to remove that.” READ MORE…..

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