We advised several Y's on this approach and one doubled the number of lifeguard certification registrations for the class. If you train them, they are very likely to work for you.
If you are in danger of reducing pool hours or even closing pools due to lifeguard shortages, consider the following:
- Setup a lifeguard certification page and campaigns - you will get more lifeguards!
- Offer the class at a reduced rate or free if they agree to work for the Y as a lifeguard for at least 90 days.
- Ensure your lifeguards are receiving similar pay levels as competing clubs/pools in the area.
Remember, closing a pool affects more than just swimming and aquatics programs, it signals to members (and potential members) that your Y may be having financial issues when in fact you just need a better lifeguard recruitment program.
Need a lifeguard certification starter page - here is some content from the YMCA of Austin to get you started: http://www.austinymca.org/programs/lifeguard-certification