Sylvan Beach finding lifeguards but still needs more

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SYLVAN BEACH — The village of Sylvan Beach is getting close to hiring enough lifeguards to open its supervised swimming area in Oneida Lake but it’s not there yet, Mayor Greg Horan said Friday.

“We have got three and maybe a fourth at this point. So it’s looking like we’re hopefully going to be able to get open here within a week or so,” Horan said.

The village had hoped to open the area for the Memorial Day weekend but was unable because of the shortage. There’s no definitive reason for the lifeguard shortage, but Horan noted the job requires a higher level of certification for open water than for a pool, and it’s his conjecture that there are simply more job opportunities for potential lifeguards. The village will start recruiting earlier as well, he added.

“Maybe these young people can kind of cherry pick what they want to do, where they want to do it,” he said.

“We’re going to be working on the lifeguard issue a lot earlier for next season, for sure,” the Sylvan Beach mayor added.

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