Saturday, September 3, 2016

WDT: Lifeguards More of a Challenge Than Many Think

       With some good weather left the City pools are closed. In part it's because finding lifeguards for seasonal work is difficult given the pay offered and the training required. Add that many guards head to college and keeping pools open later is a challenge.
       Also, summer can wrap up quickly leaving empty pools when people have lost interest in swimming.
        Pay for a lifeguard should be better. It's a highly responsible job.
        This also raises the issue of a  third pool and if you can't staff two, why do you need three ? And at what cost ?
       The Times raises an interesting suggestion about cutting a deal with the Y to employ some of their people at the edges of the season.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/rescue-needed-watertown-should-devise-plan-to-keep-lifeguards-around-longer-20160903

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know much about lifeguard gigs. But it's one of the greatest scams to start racking up years of service for state retirement. You will find most have mommies and daddies in the system and if you start the meter early, even with a part time summer job, it can mean bunches of bucks later on.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, seriously, are you posting anonymously to your own post?

Jeff Graham said...

519 Not me Why do you say ? I've never been a lifeguard.

Anonymous said...

There are a bazillion miles of lakes, streams, reservoirs, ponds and rivers in NYS that don't have a single lifeguard on duty. And yet people manage to safely swim in all those waters to their hearts delight. But for some idiotic reason, when you add a few parts per million of chlorine, the government or pool owner becomes responsible to be a babysitter. It is very refreshing to visit a hotel pool and see the sign, "no lifeguard on duty".

Anonymous said...

Watertown does not need 3 pools.

Add a kiddie splash pad at Thompson Park and be DONE with it.

It's not that complicated.

Anonymous said...

Poster 4:39 apparently wasn't either. But seems to know a lot on the subject - an insider, as it were. Sounds fixated on government retirements too, and another early bird poster. Similarities, per se.

Anonymous said...

8:35, welcome to NYS. And note how our leaders fail to see the basic problem and instead say we can't afford it.

Anonymous said...

How did they stay open a few years back? When they hire they should check availability. They should open earlier to compete with the State Parks which open on Memorial Day better than a month before the City. Clayton manages to stay open? Did anyone ask or interview a lifeguard for reasons? I know lifeguards that aren't working. This story doesn't cover the whole picture but contracting with the Y for guards might help.

Anonymous said...

8:35 are you kidding? Leave a pool open without any supervision.. Maybe you should open your pool, or if you dont have one, then keep quiet because you have no idea of the stress and liability there is with it.
If you feel we should keep the pools open without supervision, then you are right for council.. thats the macaluso mentality. Do without knowing the outcome and worry about the big picture later..
what a wrong way to look at it.
If you all feel its a plus to have an insider family member in the system and thats how the kids get hired, its probably right. The city sometimes takes care of their own.. by the way, you must be following the family trait with your obama phone you feel is a right for you since mom and dad probably have one.

Anonymous said...

Seriously,we are worried about the cost of paying a couple lifeguards after blowing 12 million on the ice arena,and more and more legal advice from here there and everywhere,not to mention fifty bucks an hour for a retired "consultant" to take aim at the fire department?

Anonymous said...

10:39, No I am not kidding. Are you? BTW...I did not suggest a pool should have no supervision. I suggested a lifeguard should be optional. Kids at the pool would have adults with them if school was in session.

How did we get to a place in society where people like you are such wussies?

Anonymous said...

maybe you should go to the local playground and pool. Its basically a dropping ground for the deadbeat parents who think its a day care. They offer to babysit kids, get paid, but drop them off at the playground for free and collect their money from parents for basic transportation. But most of the time, the kids are walking to this play ground by themselves. Wake up.. parents are not being PARENTS today..