By Staff

BARNSTABLE (CBS) – The Barnstable Recreation Department said the town is currently short 21 lifeguards heading into the busy summer months, part of what is says is a “national crisis” made even worse by the COVID pandemic.

“There has been a national crisis for years now,” a Barnstable Recreation spokesperson said.

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During the COVID pandemic, no lifeguard training was being taught, and most swim lessons were also halted.

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“As a result, it has left us all shorter than we had been,” the department said.

Many lifeguards did not work last summer during the pandemic, so they no longer hold certifications.

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The town is offering a class next week in the evenings for anyone looking to receive lifeguard training. If a person is hired by the town, the fee for the class will be reimbursed. Staff