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    May 24, 2021

    Summer pool schedule reduced due to lifeguard shortage

    Due to a shortage of lifeguards, The City of Bryan’s three outdoor pools will have a modified schedule for recreational swimming until further notice. The pools will be opened for recreational swimming beginning Monday, May 31, according to the following schedule:

    • Sadie Thomas Pool: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.
    • Henderson Harbor: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m.
    • Bryan Aquatic Center: Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m.

    This modified schedule does not affect scheduled lap swimming or aquatics programs such as swimming lessons.

    Currently, the City of Bryan has enough lifeguards to safely operate one facility each day, and the decision was made to rotate facilities so that all neighboring areas to the pools have an option to swim at least two days per week.

    Lifeguard hiring continues

    City staff will continue to recruit lifeguards throughout the summer with the hope of expanding the pool hours if enough staff are hired.

    To assist in this recruiting effort, the city is offering a new Shallow Water Lifeguard training opportunity, which allows individuals to be certified to lifeguard in depths up to 5 feet. The city’s two seasonal pools (Henderson Harbor and Sadie Thomas Pool) do not exceed 5 feet. This new certification may encourage applicants who are hesitant to get the all-depth lifeguard certification to become certified to work the seasonal pools.

    All training and certification will be provided for free, and lifeguards received a free t-shirt, hip pack, whistle and guard suit.

    Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard can apply online.

    Residents are encouraged to check the aquatics page on the city’s website for any updates to the pool schedule. If you have questions, call 979.209.5528.

     
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