To answer some questions you may be thinking…
At the beginning of the season, we hire every lifeguard who applies and is able to pass the testing.
This year we have had 26 lifeguards on our payroll. Sixteen of those 26 will be leaving for college. Of the remaining 10, half of them are in fall sports at their High School. Since we still have 21 pool days and need at least 3-4 lifeguards on duty at a time, you can see where this is a problem.
We have reached out to the colleges in the area hoping to get some of the college students who were lifeguards elsewhere over the summer.
We have checked with our insurance agent about opening “at your own risk”. Unfortunately, we can not allow this to happen. Our insurance agent has informed us that we are opening ourselves up to lawsuits and that the signature on a waiver means nothing if the right attorney is found in the event of an emergency,
Please remember, as a member you are part owner of this establishment. We the staff and the board of directors do our part to keep things running as smoothly as we can, but it has indeed been a rough summer and times like these, especially, are out of our control. We need the understanding and help of you, the membership, to get through. Please know and remember, we are a member owned, not-for-profit, establishment and we would not be able to exist without the dues paid by our members.
With all sincerity and hopes that we can get a few young, middle aged, and/or seniors to try there hand at lifeguarding to help us out.
Julie Sullivan, Business Mgr.
Jo Ann Isham, General Manager
And all of our Board of Directors here at Colony West Swim Club