Magic number is 60.
Citiparks has made some progress on its hiring needs and the lifeguard recruits are working on getting their certification. So, the needed number might be closer to 30 or 40 as of the uploading of this video, on May 17, 2019.
Why cities should support swim teams
Nice reasons, but there are two more that I’m always promoting.
ONE, we need lifeguards at the pools. When the swim teams dies / evaporate, then there are not enough kids who like to swim and know how to swim to become lifeguards. They don’t have fun at the pools and would rather mow grass or flip burgers and not work in aquatic settings.
TWO: We need to teach our kids how to play well with others. Get in the game, mix it up, compete, train, and battle with other friends in the pool. Sportsmanship, teamwork, PLAY matters. And, for all the athletes, getting in the water is cool in the summer. X-Country, basketball, football, LAX, Hockey, etc. We like to get the kids engaged at the pool and then mixing it up with others so that the pool is this safe, meeting ground where leadership, communication skills, quickness and more can be tested, tuned and challenged in a low-threat way, even among boys and girls and with older and younger players.