Lifeguard Shortage in Maine
Once again Maine has a shortage of lifeguards..
This summer has been great weather for going to the beach, but the beaches are having a hard time finding lifeguards. John Sherman, deputy director of the Saco Parks and Recreation Department says every year it's getting harder and harder to find people.
At one of the busiest beaches in the state, Old Orchard Beach, they are seven lifeguards short. Some lifeguards are moving south to Kennebunk because the pay is higher.
Some beaches pay $9.95 to $11 an hour while further south in Maine the pay is $15 per hour. According to wmtw.com art of this trend of lifeguard shortages relates to the high up-front cost to get certified, which is between $150-$250.