Mattapan Community Pool Temporarily Closes From Lifeguard Shortages

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — City pools in Mattapan, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester are temporarily shuttering as officials struggle to find lifeguards to go on duty.

It's a necessary position to fill, City officials said, especially because Boston saw dozens of drowning deaths last summer. On Thursday, Boston Centers for Youth and Families announced that their Mildred Avenue pool will be closed starting on Saturday, and that it will remain that way until they can recruit enough staff.

"Are there young people at our local high schools who know how to swim, but just need to get access to the lifeguard certification course? Are there basically untapped potentials that we have within the City and resources that we could try to leverage to make sure we have someone at the pool and that we have lifeguards there?" said Massachusetts Representative Brandy Fluker Oakley.

Oakley went on to say that she hopes the community pool on Mildred Avenue can open soon, citing it as an important resource.

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The City shared water safety tips on their website, that said that lifeguard detail does not replace adult supervision when children swim.

WBZ Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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