Swimming pools are looking for staff: "It's extremely difficult"

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Swimming pools are looking for staff: “It’s extremely difficult”

Many swimming pools lack staff

Swimming champion Jörg Lau monitors the activity in the outdoor pool in Bad Vilbel. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa/Symbolbild

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A number of swimming pools in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland are suffering particularly badly from a lack of staff this year. “It is extremely difficult to get seasonal workers,” said the state chairman of the Federal Association of German Swimming Champion, Michael Schreiner, in Kröppen (Southwest Palatinate). The reason: After two years of the corona pandemic, the market was swept empty because employees had reoriented themselves. “I haven’t felt it as bad as this year in the past few years,” he told the German Press Agency.

A number of swimming pools in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland are suffering particularly badly from a lack of staff this year. “It is extremely difficult to get seasonal workers,” said the state chairman of the Federal Association of German Swimming Champion, Michael Schreiner, in Kröppen (Southwest Palatinate). The reason: After two years of the corona pandemic, the market was swept empty because employees had reoriented themselves. “I haven’t felt it as bad as this year in the past few years,” he told the German Press Agency.

There is also a lack of lifeguards. “We need a massive training campaign,” demanded Schreiner. Nationwide, there are currently 2,500 to 3,000 vacancies. In his estimation, 50 to 100 more specialists are needed in Rhineland-Palatinate. During the summer months, lifeguards, students and pupils provide seasonal support to specialists for pool operations. “You are not available at the moment.”

The consequence is that some pools in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland have to limit their opening hours. “There’s no other way.” Some are closed one day a week, others only start in the afternoon during the week, reported Schreiner, who works in the Felsland bathing paradise in Dahn in the Palatinate.

The Ingelheim outdoor pool (Mainz-Bingen district), for example, announced that it was currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays “due to a current shortage of staff in the water supervisory department”.

Schreiner is also looking to the next few years with concern. Many specialists were born between 1958 and 1962 and then retired. “Then there will be very, very big gaps,” he said. And the training figures are currently not rosy either.

In Trier, where the trainees from Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland would be fully trained, there are currently 43 students in the final year of the third year. In the second school year there are around 40 and in the first year only 27.

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