Amid Lifeguard Shortage, a Need for Swim Lessons Surfaces

Excerpt: When Oakland County Parks and Recreation Manager of Operations Sue Wells was a teenager, a dark tan and sun-lightened hair were the true indicators of a successful summer break.

But these days, the coveted seasonal gig of lifeguarding just isn’t as popular as it used to be. Across the country, there’s been a shortage of lifeguards at swim spots, and that has pool patrons wondering how safe it is to dive in.

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