After a truncated schedule earlier in the season because of a countywide lifeguard shortage, the Shamel Park pool is now open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Aug. 19, and Saturdays and Sundays from then through Labor Day, Sept. 5. The pool also will be open Monday, July 4.
Nick Franco, director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, credited staffer Stacey King for solving the chess-like problem of rotating lifeguard shifts to cover as many pools as possible.
“It has been a challenge!” Franco said in a June 20 email.
King said that “finally we have … I think … enough lifeguards for our coastal pools and Cayucos Beach.” She’s continuing to wrestle with the schedule elsewhere.
The staffing crunch means no swim lessons will be available this summer at Shamel Park, but they are offered at Hardie Pool in Cayucos.
Shane Blanchard from Los Osos will be the head lifeguard at Shamel, King said, and a couple of hometown lifeguards — Jesse Hauser and Mason Smith — also will be scheduled to work in Cambria, as will others from throughout the North Coast.
Charges to swim are $2.25 for children and $4.50 for adults, with multi-day passes available.