Nationwide Lifeguard Shortage May Cause Hundreds Of Pools And Beaches To Close

Will Roger Beach

  • Summer activities have started, which for many people means a trip to the beach or the local pool, but a nationwide lifeguard shortage may limit the options for a safe swim.
  • That shortage grew during the pandemic when pools and beaches were closed and lifeguards found work elsewhere.
  • In Galveston, Texas, there are 115 lifeguards on staff, according to the Island Beach Patrol. That number would ideally be closer to 155, the group said, but there isn’t enough interest in the job – and there hasn’t been for the past few years.