Lifeguard shortage leading to some central Ohio pools closing early

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This weekend, those living near the Cherry Creek Pool in Columbus will need to find another way to beat the heat.

YMCA Columbus is closing the pool because of a lack of lifeguards.

"Compared to where we were last year, we're about 100 less than where we were last year," said Elissa James YMCA Vice President of Risk Management.

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Other pools are struggling as well.

At the Northland Swim Club Community Pool off of Almont Drive, it's about to do something it hasn't done in its 54-year history.

"If we lose the bulk of our guards, the perception is of the board to shut the pool down the last four weeks of the season," says Bill Logan General Manager

The problem is, most lifeguards are college-aged. When they return to school in August, there aren't enough high school lifeguards to fill their spots.

"We are really trying to get the word out about how amazing lifeguarding can be. It really teaches them skills they can use down the road. It can be long terms skill like CPR, first aid and helping others," James said.

But with pay between $9 and $15 an hour, kids are looking at other ways to make money over the summer.

"We are recruiting right and left," James said.

In Upper Arlington, they raised pay for lifeguards by 50 cents to retain more of them, but come August, the city will go from three pools to one because it doesn't have enough lifeguards.

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, you can visit the YMCA Columbus' website or call Northland Swim Club at (614) 888-0754.