# Public pools
The Nation's Lifeguard Crisis Could Impact a Third of Public Pools
According to experts, a lifeguard shortage could affect one-third of all public pools in the United States. According to the American Lifeguard Association, chronic staffing shortages are leading numerous swimming pools around the country to reduce operating hours and, in some cases, close earlier this swim season.
Highbridge Pool opens for the summer in Washington Heights despite lifeguard shortage
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (NEW YORK) Summer officially kicked off on June 21, but just a day after the close of public schools across the five boroughs, public pools opened across the city Tuesday — despite an ongoing lifeguard shortage.