Do you want to be a lifeguard? The national shortage of lifeguards isn’t new, we’ve been seeing numbers decline over the years. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s is opening its two outdoor seasonal pools, like the Double Oaks and Cordelia. Over the last five years Park and Recreation revamped its recruiting and training efforts to fill more than 250 part-time and seasonal lifeguard positions by creating free training and learn-to-swim programs targeted to those looking to become lifeguards (CLIMB Program- Climb, Laps, Invest, Merit, Begin swim clinics) in order to recruit and retain lifeguards. There are currently 247 lifeguard positions within Park and Recreation with only 86 filled as of last week. For information regarding lifeguard vacancies call Park and Recreation at 980-314-1159 or email Lifeguard Recruiting with MeckNC.gov.
Current efforts to recruit more lifeguards includes raising the minimum wage for lifeguards to *$15/hour and offering $500 signing bonus, recruiting throughout the year rather than seasonally, and deploying recruiting staff to work with high schools and surrounding school systems to recruit students. With this shortage, pool operations will be limited, and Ramsey Creek Beach will remain closed until further notice.
Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center – 2014 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206. Double Oaks will be open Thursdays & Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cordelia Pool (2100 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205) will be open Sundays & Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. To maintain social distancing, pool visitors can access Double Oaks and Cordelia pools during the following time slots: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. (There will be 1.5 hours for swimming and 30 minutes for cleaning between entry times.) Lastly, admission/tickets are $2 per person, tickets can be bought on the same-day as visit and for available time slot. First-come, first-served.