The information stems from a study carried out by FEPONS in early June, with associated lifeguard associations, which shows that “at this moment, 35% of the necessary lifeguards are still to be hired”, says the Federation in a statement.

The southern area of ​​the country is the one with the greatest difficulties in hiring, with “38% of lifeguards still to be hired”, an average that drops to 35% in the Centre and to 28% in the North.

According to FEPONS, “there are at least 22 beaches/pools that, although already in the bathing season, have been forced to remain closed due to the lack of lifeguards, which increases the risk of drowning”.