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Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Talks Reasons for Columbus Pool Wait Times

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – We’re halfway through summer, with no signs of really falling weather.

With that in mind, people are looking to withstand the heat at one of the city’s two pools open this year.

The only problem is that you may have to wait your turn to swim.

Columbus Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Becky Summerlin tells us that overall summer pool operations have gone well this year.

A minor issue was not having enough lifeguards for their busiest pool.

According to Summerlin, patrons of the Double Churches pool may have to wait their turn to swim.

This is because there can only be 25 people swimming at a time for each lifeguard on duty.

Besides that, they can’t force people to leave because the entry fee to the pool lasts all day.

“We are always recruiting lifeguards. Lifeguards are one of our toughest positions to fill, but this year was our worst for not being able to fill all of the outdoor pool positions.

The assistant manager says people have a few options. Either they can wait their turn if they don’t arrive early enough to be in the top 25 or visit the Aquatics Center on Macon Road. Finally, they can take advantage of other activities offered by Fountain City thanks to the Summer City Pass.

She also says that to attract more lifeguards, they raised the salary from $9 to $14.

Click here for more information on pool hours or to apply for a lifeguard position.

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