NYC officials ‘confident’ beaches and pools will have more lifeguards this summer

Amid a multi-year lifeguard shortage, a top official in Mayor Eric Adams’ administration said they are “confident” the city will have more lifeguards this year than last, just as swimming season is set to kick off this weekend.

Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi said that 560 new recruits have joined the lifeguard training program this year. She said the three classes in training, combined with the yet-unknown number of returning lifeguards, will hopefully add up to more than last year’s peak class of roughly 850 lifeguards.