Lifeguard shortage impacting area pool as summer approaches

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Families in the North Hills will have to find other ways to stay cool this week. The Cranberry Township Waterpark is temporarily cutting back on its hours.

The park’s manager says many of their lifeguards are still in school and they don’t have enough staff to cover the pool during the day.

“This week a lot of our lifeguards we do have on staff are young, so Tuesday through Friday we are only going to be open 4 to 8 p.m. because a lot of them are still in school. Once school is over, we fully expect to staff the facility for at least most of the summer,” said Dave Hutner, the waterpark’s pool manager.

The pool hours were not impacted this Memorial Day weekend, but for the next four days, the waterpark is forced to adjust its pool hours because they still don’t have enough lifeguards on staff.

Right now, they need 12 to 15 more lifeguards. They plan to resume regular pool hours next week, which are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pool leaders are doing everything to keep the waterpark open for families and not limit hours and services due to understaffing.

“It’s going to be challenging, no doubt about it. We are going to get creative, work around schedules where a lot of these lifeguards are athletes,” said Hutner. “Vacation times, family commitments, all those play into us to have enough of a workforce to get through the summer.”

Cranberry Waterpark is actually holding more lifeguard classes to help with the shortage. Information can be found here: https://wpxi.tv/3N4v3XV

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