Apr 18, 2013 9:24 PM
TUCSON - These days, we hear a lot about shortages but this one is alarming to our Lifesavers.
Every summer, we need about 500 lifeguards in Pima County. There's an estimated shortage of 150 as we go into the swim season.
If one of our kids sinks to the bottom of a pool we hope for a lifeguard: A person who is CPR certified and skilled in water rescue.
"I always loved swimming. I was a competitive swimmer, so that's what made me want to get into it," says Cassandra Myers.
Cassandra became a lifeguard almost two years ago, and now works for the YMCA. A "Y" lifeguard can make anywhere from $8 - $11 per hour.
"We have a lot of pools. And not only do we have pools, the county has pools and the city has pools," says Suu Holtslander with YMCA.
To work at a CITY pool you need to be at least 15-years old and CPR Professional Rescue certified. You have to swim 300 yards, with at least 100 yards of breaststroke and front crawl. And, you have to swim 20 yards and retrieve a 10-pound brick from 7 to 10 feet of water.
"It's fun. It's not, like, a boring job," says Cassandra. "You're not always just on stand staring at the pool. You get to talk to people. Different people. A lot of different people."