There's a Shortage of Lifeguards for Galveston Beaches


Galveston beaches are dealing with a nationwide shortage of lifeguards this Memorial Day weekend.

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees voted to raise the pay for lifeguards to 14-dollars an hour in an effort to attract more recruits.

Chief Peter Davis of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol says all 32 lifeguard towers will be staffed, but they may not have a boat in the water.

Davis says the J1 Visa program, which allows foreign lifeguards to work in the United States for a few months, was shut down last year during the pandemic and is only now reopening.

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