News: Frequently Asked Programming Questions - Swim Lessons (UPDATED)
|9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM
||Alison Alberghini, Recreation Manager
Indoor Swimming Lessons (UPDATED 3/16/22)
Question: Are there any swimming lessons being offered during the 2021-2022 school year at the Enfield Annex Indoor Pool?
Answer: Currently we do not have any swim lessons scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year. Offerings are dependent on staffing, as well as COVID-19 safety regulations/recommendations.
Staffing: COVID-19 impacted the ability to train folks to become lifeguards, because agencies like Red Cross, could not offer certification classes for over a year. The halt in lifeguard training moved an industry which was already short staffed, to a critical level.
When Enfield Recreation was able to offer a lifeguarding class in May of 2021, we did, and were able to train 5 new guards for the Summer 2021 season. We operated summer programming, outdoor lessons and open swim with a smaller than usual 12-person aquatics staff. With the new school year starting, 75% of that staff went away to college and are not available to work.
We are currently hiring for lifeguards and swim coaches, but as with most other industries, there is a shortage of people to fill these positions. Certified and interested individuals can apply online at www.enfield-ct.gov/hr.
Recreation staff are committed to offer programs that residents want in a fun and safe environment. We will continue our efforts to recruit and train staff for aquatics programs as well as monitor the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot wait to see you back at the pool as soon as possible.