Lifeguard

The Edina Aquatic Center opened to the public June 10. In the week leading up to the opening, the center was still conducting interviews for lifeguards. (Photo courtesy city of Edina)

As temperatures heat up this summer, Edina aquatics facilities are facing a chilly reception from the lifeguard labor market.

Mirroring a wider trend among pools in the Twin Cities and across the country, aquatics facilities in Edina struggled to recruit lifeguards as the summer season grew closer this year. While it appears most have been able to run their operations normally, facilities reported challenges as they got ready to open this year related to a smaller pool of candidates, relying on word-of-mouth promotions and other incentives to bring in much-needed lifeguards.

Edina Aquatic Center

The Edina Aquatic Center has pools, slides and other water attractions, requiring the supervision of lifeguards. (Photo courtesy city of Edina)

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