Omaha public pools are reopening with limited hours due to the lack of lifeguards

OMAHA, Ne. (KMTV) – The city baths have started reopening for the summer and since the weather has been so warm in the past few days, city officials are excited to welcome people back.

“We know people were really looking forward to going outside and obviously the weather is very hot this week so we’re excited to open the pools and let people enjoy them,” said Sidney Moore , Special Project Coordinator for the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation.

The swimming pools have limited opening times this year, and although one reason is the proximity to other swimming pools, the city is also short of staff. You will experience a shortage of lifeguards which then affects how long the facilities can be open.

“We’re doing our best to get as many as possible. We currently have around 170 lifeguards, but we need well over 200 to keep our pools open at regular hours,” said Moore.

The city uses the American Red Cross for certification. To get certified, you only need to be 15 years old on the last day of certification class and pass a swim test before the course.

City officials say they are doing their best to fill that void, but they are glad they can open up in some way so parishioners can still enjoy the summer.

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