The city began recruiting for lifeguards in February and was active
at the schools, going so far as to offer pay incentives for those who
stayed through the end of season. In a typical season, the city hires 12
"For years, we've had problems getting people to come to the pool to work," the city manager said.
How about training some of the lazy public employees as lifeguards as a
condition of their parks and recreation department employment? Never
ceases to amaze me how many short sighted bureaucrats will feather their
own nest but not forsee a lifeguard crunch. Raspberries to the post
summer swim team kid lifeguards ( who don't need the money or the
headaches ) who opt to quit and go on that expensive European vacation
with mommy and daddy.
How about paying a living wage for the
job and getting someone who will commit unstead of closing the pool
during the dog days of summer!
Love the idear of training parks & rec employees, then making them work longer hours for crappy pay. Kind of like school districts requiring coaches to get certified to drive the bus for practices/meets, then paying them dirt for it.
Okay, back to the lifeguard shortage. Money is the problem here. It costs around $200 - and takes about 25 hours - to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. Certification is good for two years. Renewal is around $100.
If a guard can expect to earn $8 per hour and work part-time for, say 25 hours weekly, he/she won't net $4 per hour for his/her first month of lifeguarding. How can that be? Figure in the course, of course!
If this guard grosses $600 in three weeks, don't forget to subtract the $200 - and add the 25 hours - for the lifeguarding class! For a hundred hours of class/work, they now have $400 to show for it - before Uncle Sam takes his share.
In the past, WSI's were able to certify lifeguards. Many of us taught the class without compensation. The kids needed only to purchase the ARC book. Cards were good for three years.
Also, longer school years* mean shorter summers. These guards have a couple weeks less to earn some dough each summer.
Another difference? American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern earns over a half million dollars annually. Getting the picture?
Consider Johnny Subway. He gets paid while training, eats fresh for free on a paid break, finds an occasional nickle in the tip jar, and works inside with air conditioning. If BHO & Co. have their way, Johnny S. will be toasting your Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki for fifteen bucks an hour**.
LSU coach Les Miles found himself treading water about the lack of an ocean in Austin, Texas. “I
took a vacation. I went to Austin,” Miles said in his opening remarks
about a trip to the University of Texas to visit his daughter Kathyrn
“Smacker” Miles, who is on the Texas swim team. “It was miserable. I
hated it. I mean, it was not a beach. It was not sand.” Asked a follow-up question by Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Miles suddenly tried to crawfish. “I
loved it,” he said. “My daughter’s doing wonderfully there. I enjoy the
experience she’s having, okay? But it was not a beach. There was no
hotel that I walked out and jumped into the surf. We rented bikes. It
just happened to rain like hell. There was a bunch of hills down there.” When Miles exited, he passed a writer and said, “I’m going to catch hell from Texas.” Miles may need to be more careful about Louisiana’s western neighbor. He has always recruited the state of Texas. There are 13 players from Texas currently on LSU’s roster.