Too Few Lifeguards: Only Five NOLA Swimming Pools Will Open This Summer

Lifeguard Tower at Swimming Pool

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Only five of the 13 outdoor pools in New Orleans will be open this summer because of a lifeguard shortage.

A spokesman for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission says it's a problem in cities across the nation.

He says partly it's a matter of the ongoing recovery from the pandemic, but they recently increased the pay for lifeguards from $12 an hour to nearly $16.

The city's indoor pools are open year-round, and will be open all summer long.

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