Pool left short of lifeguards
TRUSTEES at Portishead Open-Air Pool have made an urgent appeal for lifeguards to keep the lido open until the end of the season.
The trust employs around ten lifeguards at the pool, seven days a week, to ensure people can enjoy a swim in safety. But as many of them are university or school students, they are now going back to classes, leaving the pool short of cover.
Unless new recruits can be found to step into the breach, opening hours towards the end of the season may have to be reduced.
The pool, which opened for the season in April, is due to close on September 23.
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Pool manager Ann Hailwood said: "We have been left with only three or four people to carry out lifeguard duty. We need to have two lifeguards on duty at all times.
"We are desperate to recruit new lifeguards to help us through to the end of the season."
People wanting to work as lifeguards need the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and a current Criminal Records Bureau check.
All their training also needs to be up to date. The trust is planning to hold its own lifeguard training next year in a bid to ensure there are enough lifeguards on hand throughout the season.
The pool has seen just under 30,000 visitors during the 2012 season.