Denver in dire need of lifeguards this summer

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DENVER -- Denver City Pools need lifeguards --- or else.

On Saturday, dozens of lifeguards took part in training camp gearing up for Monday’s opening of the City’s pools.

“We are short of lifeguards we probably need to hire about 40 more,” Julie Nall with the City said.

“What happens is we are only allowing so many people into the pool area so not as many people will be able to swim because we do have a ratio the city adheres too,” Nall added.

Some places in desperate need of lifeguards are Green Valley Ranch and Garfield Park.

The starting salary for lifeguards is $9.50 an hour and they must commit to around 30 hours a week for 11 weeks.

Saturday, lifeguards swam laps, did crunches, practiced CPR, and performed lifesaving water techniques in preparation.

“It’s not all about getting a tan and watching pretty women we actually have to do some physical activities,” Tivis Alexander said.