Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Comments on Permissible Employment of 15-Year-Old Lifeguards

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Comments on Permissible Employment of 15-Year-Old Lifeguards

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The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed to revise child labor law provisions pertaining to the employment of 15-year-old lifeguards. NRPA commented in support of the changes, which provide that trained and certified 15-year-olds are permitted to work as lifeguards at traditional pool facilities and in traditional pools at most waterpark attractions.

In a collaborative effort, NRPA joined with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the World Waterpark Association, the American Red Cross, Jeff Ellis and Associates, the National Aquatic Safety Company and the Starfish Aquatics Institute to form a coalition to clarify the areas in which 15-year-olds could reasonably continue to serve as lifeguards. For years, the Labor Department did not allow individuals younger than 16 to be lifeguards. The department also prohibited employment of 15-year-old lifeguards at "pools that feature elevated slides, artificial waves, or other amusement-type 'rides' or 'mechanical devices.'"

The coalition responded by emphasizing each member's respective commitment to safety-of workers, patrons, and public park visitors. …

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