Columbia prepares pools for summer, but lifeguards in short supply

9 months 4 days 7 hours ago Monday, May 27 2019 May 27, 2019 Monday, May 27, 2019 2:18:00 AM CDT May 27, 2019 in News
By: Bo Templin, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA- The Columbia Parks and Rec department has started opening its pools for the summer, but there's still a big need for lifeguards.

The pools opened to swimmers for Memorial Day weekend, and will open full-time for the season on May 31.

For Columbia, the pool season lasts 12 weeks long.

"[In that time,] for the four outdoor aquatic facilities, we see 53,000 to 55,000 patrons,” said Janel Twehouse, the aquatic supervisor for the city of Columbia.

The high number of swimmer means a need for a high number of lifeguards. As of now, Twehouse is looking for at least 28 more lifeguards.

"I am understaffed at this point in time. I am OK to open this weekend with my one facility,” said Twehouse. “Ask me in June what my staff numbers are and then I will be able to say how I feel.”

Twehouse is holding life guarding classes on May 29th, 30th, and 31st, where she hopes to hire a good portion of her staff. In addition, Twehouse will host classes on June 4-6 for all potential lifeguards. 

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