County continues to seek certified lifeguards for Klineline Pond
Park users urged to use free life jacket loaner station at popular swimming spot
Peter Capell, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – Clark County continues to recruit certified lifeguards to work at Klineline Pond this summer.
In May, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to spend about $120,000 annually to bring lifeguards back to the popular swimming spot.
The county had planned to have trained lifeguards on duty beginning July 1, but has not been able to find enough qualified applicants to fill the 10 openings. The county is continuing efforts to have lifeguards on duty daily at Klineline Pond this summer.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have open water and special facility certification through Ellis & Associates Inc., along with lifeguard and rescue experience. For more information, go to the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov, and click on “Jobs” near the upper right corner. The positions also will be advertised in area newspapers.
Meanwhile, park users, especially parents of young children, are encouraged to use the Safe Kids Life Jacket Loaner program. About a dozen life jackets in various sizes, infant through adult, are available for free while swimmers cool off and play in Klineline Pond. Users are asked to return life jackets to the loaner station before leaving the park.
A properly fitting life jacket should be snug but comfortable when fastened. A child’s chin and ears should not slip through a fastened life jacket.
“Life jackets, if properly worn, save lives,” said Anne Johnston, Safe Kids Clark County coordinator. “It’s that simple.”
Safe Kids Clark County reminds parents to:
• Have a designated water watcher and never leave children unattended.
• Teach children to swim.
• Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation for emergencies.
• Create barriers around pools, spas and other standing water.
The life jacket program is sponsored by Safe Kids Clark County, Fire District 6, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation and Clark County Public Health.
Lifeguards were eliminated at Klineline Pond when the Board of County Commissioners approved a $1.6 million reduction in parks spending to help eliminate a $12.5 million shortfall in the 2009-2010 General Fund budget. The cuts were necessary because of the economic downturn.