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Seniors take jobs as lifeguards as YMCA struggles to find workers

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Michael Shields on guard at the YMCA MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - During the summer, it's typical to see a teen or college student working a summer job as a lifeguard, sitting in a tall chair at your pool or beach.

However, as the YMCA struggles to find workers, retired seniors are showing up to fill shifts.Michael Shields says he went from Baywatch to graywatch and is one of many seniors giving lifeguards a new look.About 50 senior citizens signed up to be lifeguards at the YMCA after retiring from their careers during the COVID-19 pandemic."A lot of the grandparents they’ll ask me well what am I doing here?" said Michael Shields.Shields is actually back to life guarding at the West St.

Paul pool for a second time, after first guarding here in 1977 -- a time when the job came with a whistle and a bottle of suntan lotion.Today, like all the other lifeguards, he’s trained and ready to jump in any time.

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