Dwindling number of lifeguards at LI town beaches could lead to reduced swimming hours

At Prybils and Morgan beaches in Glen Cove, Spiro Tsirkas says the city should have enough lifeguards to keep people safe this summer - but he doesn't have the exact number of employees he would like.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2022, 10:00 PM

Updated 694 days ago

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A lack of lifeguards at some Long Island towns is causing concerns as summer inches closer.
At Prybils and Morgan beaches in Glen Cove, Spiro Tsirkas says the city should have enough lifeguards to keep people safe this summer - but he doesn't have the exact number of employees he would like.
If the number of lifeguards that they have goes down too much, Tsirkas says they would have to possibly close the beaches for safety purposes.
He says he has already lost two lifeguards to venues that are paying higher wages.
"It's frustrating because they've been with us for a long time," Tsirkas says.
Lifeguard trainer and recruiter Steven Grella says competition from private pools and homeowners having backyard parties are pulling guards away from lower paying municipal jobs.
"I can go work a three-hour party and make just as much as if I went to work at a municipality and worked an entire day," Grella says.
Municipal officials tell News 12 they are hoping they have an adequate number of guards on staff, but it could mean reduced swimming hours or closures if numbers drop.


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