In an effort to cope with the lifeguard staffing scarcity New York is at the moment dealing with, Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced on Wednesday pay will increase for state lifeguards.
The governor directed beginning pay charges for lifeguards at upstate amenities to extend 34 % — from $14.95 to $20 an hour — and 21 % for lifeguards at downstate amenities — from $18.15 to $22 an hour.
The measure has the tip purpose of attractive extra people to use for lifeguard positions because the state grapples with a lifeguard scarcity at New York State Park seashores and swimming pools at 70 parks throughout the state, in addition to 17 seashores operated by the Division of Environmental Conservation campgrounds and day use space seashores.
“All New Yorkers deserve the opportunity to safely enjoy our public beaches and pools this summer,” Hochul mentioned in an announcement. “With a lifeguard shortage threatening access to swimming facilities, we are aggressively recruiting more lifeguards to ensure safe access to outdoor recreation during the summer months.”
The brand new pay charges can be carried out instantly for lifeguards at Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Division of Environmental Conservation swimming amenities. This will even embrace lifeguards employed by SUNY and CUNY.
The pay charges will even improve for lifeguards with greater than two seasons of expertise, starting from 5 to 30 % — relying on their location and expertise.
“New York State Park lifeguards are vital to protecting the millions of swimmers at State Park beaches and pools each year…As a former Harriman State Park lifeguard, I know first hand that lifeguarding is a great way to earn money, gain valuable job experience, and serve the public,” mentioned State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid.
The nationwide lifeguard scarcity has already impacted quite a lot of NYC Parks swim security packages.
NYC Parks tweeted final week that quite a lot of their swim packages at their out of doors swimming pools are canceled this summer time as a consequence of not having sufficient lifeguards.
“Due to the national lifeguard shortage, unfortunately we will not be hosting swim programs, including lap swim, senior swim, and Learn to Swim, at our outdoor pools this summer,” the tweet learn partially.