SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course by the City of Springfield’s Aquatics Department began Tuesday.
The fifteen young men and women will provide protection at the Forest Park and Gerena community school public pools this summer. It’s too early to know if the park department will have enough personnel to re-open Five Mile Pond on July Fourth. That facility requires a number of life guards.
Springfield Aquatics Director Joe Federico summed up the challenge, “I think everybody’s eager to get back to somewhat of a normalcy. We are able to hire guards for this summer. We’re looking to fill some positions so we can open as many pools as possible to the public.”
The course was conducted at Milton Bradley Elementary School located on 22 Mulberry Street and pre-registration was required because space is limited. Participants must be at least 15 years old and the course runs from April 20 to April 23.
According to a news release sent to 22News, an in-pool test will be given to all participants and based on the results of the swim test, participants who pass will continue on to the full course.
The cost for the program is $175.00 per person for city residents and $225.00 for non-city residents.
22News heard from Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Director Patrick Sullivan to expect splash pads at Springfield parks to open in June. The city has 18 splash pads in parks throughout the city