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INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Parks and Recreation still needs to hire 119 lifeguards in order to open all of their pools. Currently, the department will only be able to open 8 pools for the summer. Ronetta Spalding with the parks department says they’re offering a number of incentives to fill more positions.

“We’ve offered referral bonuses, we’ve offered sing on bonuses. We’ve increased the pay.” Said Spalding during an interview with WISH-TV. “It’s gone from 10 dollars in 2016 to people are able to make 15 dollars an hour lifeguarding.”

Currently, 81 lifeguards have been hired to work this summer, and most of them are new hires.

“Many of them are new hires and are lifeguards for the first time this year. We’re excited, we’ve been able to get them trained and get them ready for that first wave of pools ready to open on June the 4th,” Spalding told WISH-TV.

All lifeguards with Indy Parks have to pass certain prerequisites. That includes being able to swim 100 years, being able to tread water, and retrieve a brick from the bottom of the pool.

You must be at least 16 years old to be a lifeguard. You can apply here.