Ames lifeguard request draws big response

Officials with the Ames Parks and Recreation Department have seen a huge response to calls for lifegaurds and other staffers to fill shortages at the Furman Aquatic Center and Municipal swimming pool.  Recreation Superintendent Kellee Omlid says they've heard from 134 people in less than two weeks. She says the city is making it worthwhile for new employees to work the pools this summer with a dollar-an-hour pay increase as well as paying for the lifeguard certification course. Omlid says a lifeguard course can cost $175 to $200. She says 30 new staffers will be ready to work shifts at the aquatic center and municipal pool by July 1st.

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