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County Addressing Lifeguard Shortage


Updated 7:30 p.m.

The national shortage of lifeguards, which has been building for several years, coupled with the very tight employment landscape and compensation challenges, is limiting Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
’s ability to open its two outdoor seasonal pools, Double Oaks and Cordelia, as well as causing the temporary closure of Ramsey Creek Beach. 

The lifeguard shortage has been a problem nationally for the last decade for a number of factors such as the increase in part-time job alternatives
, to declining access to swim training for potential applicants. Over the last five years Park and Recreation revamped its recruiting and training efforts to fill more than 250 part-time and seasonal lifeguard positions by creating free training and learn-to-swim programs targeted to those looking to become lifeguards (CLIMB Program- Climb, Laps, Invest, Merit, Begin swim clinicsin order to recruit and retain lifeguards. 

There are 
currently 247 lifeguard positions within Park and Recreation with only 86 filled as of today. 

For information regarding lifeguard vacancies call Park and Recreation at 980-314-1159 or email

Current efforts to recruit more lifeguards includes raising the minimum wage for lifeguards to *$15/hour and offering $500 signing bonus
, recruiting throughout the year rather than seasonally, and deploying recruiting staff to work with high schools and surrounding school systems to recruit students.  

With this shortage, pool operations will be limited
, and Ramsey Creek Beach will remain closed until further notice. 

Current pool operating hours starting on 
Saturday, May 29:  

Double Oak
s Family Aquatic Center 
2014 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206 
Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Opening day)  
Sunday, May 30, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Monday, May 31, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Holiday) 
Tuesday, Jun 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
Open Memorial Day-(9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 
Will maintain Regular operations and Holiday Hours on Memorial Day 
Monday & Wednesday- 5:30 a.m – 9:30 p.m. (Main Tank Closed 1pm-4pm) 
Tuesday & Thursday- 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Friday- 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Saturday- 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Sunday- Closed 

Saturday, June 5 
Double Oaks will be open Thursdays & Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Cordelia Pool (2100 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205) will be open Sundays & Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

To maintain social distancing, pool visitors can access 
Double Oaks and Cordelia pools during the following time slots: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. (There will be 1.5 hours for swimming and 30 minutes for cleaning between entry times.) 

Admission/Tickets: $2 per person
, tickets can be bought on the same-day as visit and for available time slot. First-come, first-served.