Lifeguard shortage leads to reduced operations at Coralville Aquatic Center 1
Courtesy City of Coralville

CORALVILLE, Iowa (Iowa Media) — Due to an ongoing lifeguard shortage across the area, The Coralville Community Center is adjusting its hours for the summer season.

The outdoor pool will open for the season at Noon on Saturday. Hours for the 2021 season (weather and staff permitting) are as follows:

Monday & Wednesday:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., open to the public
  • 1:30 – 4 p.m., open by reservation (scheduled groups/Splash Parties only)
  • 4:30 – 7 p.m., open to the public

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., open to the public
  • 1:30 – 4 p.m., open by reservation (scheduled groups/Splash Parties only) 4:30 – 7 p.m., closed

The pool will be open to the public on Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 6 p.m. The pool has a maximum capacity of 175.

Weekday hours are set in blocks of time. Once a block ends, the pool will be cleared and everyone will be required to leave. Those wishing to come back for the evening block will need to pay another admission fee or show a season pass. Daily admission is $5 per person, and free for children under the age of two.

Due to the lifeguard shortage, only one slide will be open at a time. A different slide will be open every 20 minutes.

Open hours at the indoor pool will also be reduced due to the lifeguard shortage. For the indoor pool monthly calendar, click here.

Hours can be expanded based on staffing. For safety, the pool can only open with enough staff.

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The lifeguard shortage is affecting many pools this year, and is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and fewer people taking lifeguard certification classes. Cedar Rapids and Dubuque are among many cities that have reduced pool hours or delayed openings due to the shortage.

Coralville Parks and Recreation continues to accept lifeguard applications. A lifeguard certification class reimbursement program is available for those who pass the class and are hired. For more information, call 319-248-1750 or click here. The City of Cedar Rapids is still looking for lifeguards, as is The City of Dubuque.

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