With many residents planning to visit Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Regional Park over the long holiday weekend, Clark County Public Works is reminding visitors that the pond will not have lifeguards on duty.
Like other agencies with lifeguards, the nationwide lifeguard shortage has hit Clark County, the department said in a press release Friday.
“We’ve been unable to replace most of the staff we’ve lost from the last few seasons,” said program coordinator Eric Christensen. “Turnover and attrition have put us in a position where we are unable to provide the staff needed to safely provide water surveillance and rescue services.”
Without lifeguards at Klineline, park users are urged to follow basic water safety at all times. Parents should be particularly vigilant watching children near the water, because drownings can happen swiftly and silently.
Clark County Code also prohibits adults from leaving children unaccompanied in or near a lake, pond or other waterway.
While lifeguards will not be present, park users will still be able to borrow a life jacket from the loaner station at Klineline Pond. Life jackets, which can prevent tragedies, should be properly fitted and snug but comfortable. When lifting the shoulders of the jacket, the child’s chin and ears should not slip through.
For more information on summer swimming and water safety, go to www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/swimming.