7:43 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Why Fewer Teens Are Spending Their Summer Lifeguarding

It is getting harder for pools, like this one in Lawrence, Kan., to recruit teens into lifeguarding.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Temperatures are rising, but a shortage of lifeguards in some communities is keeping pools closed. 

Once a stereotypical way to make some summer cash, fewer teens are willing to go through expensive training for a minimum wage job.

And while the problem here isn't as pronounced as in Austin, Texas, which had to delay opening half its pools, there are still cities scrambling to recruit the needed lifeguards to keep swimmers safe.

It takes a lot of lifeguards to keep one pool safe

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12:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kansas City Pools and Water Parks

The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Overland, Kan.
Credit overlandpark.com

Where are some of your favorite places to cool off in the summer?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, hear about some of the Kansas City area's most popular pools and water parks. Learn what makes these facilities operate on a day-to-day basis. Plus, guidelines how to stay safe in the water. 

Cherie Sage is the Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. 

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