National lifeguard shortage? Not at the Jersey Shore. Officials say they are ready for the summer

The hot weather today may take many to the beach to beat the heat along the Jersey Shore, including Belmar, which can be dangerous without lifeguards on duty.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 11:43 AM

Updated 1,060 days ago

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A number of beach towns along the Jersey Shore that have spoken with News 12 say they are ready for the summer, although there’s a national lifeguard shortage.
“We have chief meetings all the time for Jersey Shore lifeguards’ chiefs and we discuss these things and prepare for the future in case that does happen, and all the chief said the same things that you did - that they’re very well-staffed this summer,” says Harry Harsin, the Belmar chief lifeguard.
As the unofficial start of summer quickly approaches, Belmar is ready to cover its large beach with about 100 lifeguards.  
“Every stand will be up and covered between Memorial Day and Labor Day will have full coverage,” says Harsin.
On Long Beach Island, Harvey Cedars Police Chief Robert Burnaford says their chief lifeguard recruits all winter long 
“I couldn’t imagine having a shortage because were just anticipating a very busy summer and being populated so here in Long Beach Island, I can say we’re very fortunate to be able to take care of all the visitors here,” says Burnaford.
Asbury Park officials say they are ready to go with lifeguards as well, saying they are still looking for employees in hospitality, but all set on the beach. 
The hot weather lately may take many to the beach to beat the heat along the shore, including Belmar. But swimmers should enter the water with caution, as lifeguards are not yet on duty.


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