Like many others, the New Hampton Municipal Swimming Pool has struggled this summer to have enough lifeguards on staff.
Recreation Coordinator Tara Hackman says it’s been a challenge since opening in May and the math finally caught up to them, forcing an early end to the season on Sunday, August 8th.
Hackman says a group of lifeguards from Nashua came over to help for a short-term solution, but they were also college bound and can no longer work. She says the shortage is a problem that could linger for pools in general.
While New Hampton and other pools have struggled to find lifeguards, Charles City has had the opposite situation. Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Mitchell says they’ve had no problems with staffing and had even more people apply this year than in past years. He adds they’re not looking to hire any more this season.