US pools close, go without lifeguards amid labor shortage

  • The empty pool at the Hamlin Park Pool remains closed to swimmers in Chicago, Thursday, June 16, 2022. Chicago's public pools will remain closed until July 5, 2022, according to park superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareño. The city, like the rest of the U.S., is experiencing a critical shortage of lifeguards and is offering $600 retention bonuses to attract new applicants. (AP Photo/Claire Savage)

  • The empty pool at the Wrightwood Park Pool remains closed to swimmers in Chicago, Thursday, June 16, 2022. Chicago's public pools will remain closed until July 5, 2022, according to park superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareño. The city, like the rest of the U.S., is experiencing a critical shortage of lifeguards and is offering $600 retention bonuses to attract new applicants. (AP Photo/Claire Savage)

INDIANAPOLIS — Manager Ashley Ford strode the perimeter of one of Indianapolis’ five open swimming pools, monitoring kids as they jumped off a diving board or careened into the water from a curved slide. Four lifeguards, whistles at the ready, watched from their tall chairs stationed around the water.