The Baker-Polito Administration is urging the public to take additional water safety precautions while swimming.
The state is further reminding the public of the dangers associated with swimming and provide water safety tips. Additionally, DCR announced a pay increase for lifeguards to encourage more individuals to apply.
“Every year, Massachusetts waterfronts and state-managed pool facilities experience high numbers of visitors seeking swimming opportunities for fun and exercise,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “However, it is incredibly important that we all, regardless of age and skill level, remain conscious of the very real dangers water can present and practice safe swimming precautions to avoid a tragedy.”
“From Wollaston Beach to Chicopee State Park, there are excellent waterfronts and facilities across the Commonwealth that offer many ways for children their families, teenagers and adults to cool off this summer,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Whether at your local neighborhood pool or a coastal beach, we urge all visitors to stay vigilant, swim safely and watch children closely at all times.”
Safety tips to adhere to when swimming include:
DCR has announced a $3 pay increase for all DCR lifeguards, who will now receive $20 per hour, or $21 per hour for head guards. Additionally, lifeguards who remain committed for the entire season with DCR will also receive a $500 bonus at the end of the season.
Interested individuals can apply online and are strongly encouraged to call Jim Esposito at (857) 214-0400 or visit the DCR’s lifeguarding webpage, application information, and lifeguard requirements can be found.