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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces DCR-Managed Pools Open for the Season this Weekend

Registration for Free Swimming Lessons Set to Begin on June 27th
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  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces DCR-Managed Pools Open for the Season this Weekend

Ilyse Wolberg, DCR Press Secretary

Boston —  The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that state-managed pools throughout the Commonwealth will open to the public starting on Saturday, June 25, 2022. 24 Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) deep-water pools and two wading pools, in addition to 16 spray decks, which were opened earlier in the year, will provide visitors and residents a place to safely cool off this summer. Additionally, with the opening of state-managed pools, the agency will also open public registration for free swimming lessons at several DCR facilities across the Commonwealth starting on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 8:00AM. 

“The opening of state-managed pools for the summer season will provide children and their families additional opportunities to get outside and enjoy the water in a safe environment where lifeguards are on duty this summer,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “It’s extremely important that everyone practices water safety at all times when near pools and waterbodies. To help make our residents more safe, the Baker-Polito Administration is excited to once again offer free swimming lessons to the public at many locations throughout the state.” 

DCR swimming lessons run during the week, in the mornings before pools open to the public. The classes are focused on water safety education and basic swimming skills, and are strategically designed for beginner-level swimmers. There will be three separate two-week sessions offered throughout the summer, providing 30 minute group lessons. Registration will close once classes, by facility, are full. Furthermore, registration is mandatory and done on a first come, first serve basis. The schedule for the free summer swimming lessons includes: 

  • Session 1: July 5, 2022 – July 15, 2022 (registration begins on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 8:00AM); 

  • Session 2: July 18, 2022 – July 29, 2022 (registration begins on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 8:00AM); and, 

  • Session 3: August 1, 2022 – August 12, 2022 (registration begins on Monday, July 25, 2022, at 8:00AM). 

“DCR pools are great places for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, escape from the summer heat, and incorporate meaningful exercise into their daily routines,” said Acting DCR Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “To ensure a fun and safe environment, DCR recruits hundreds of lifeguards each year to provide a watchful eye for the many visitors to our pools, and we encourage any candidates interested in joining our incredibly passionate team to apply today.” 

This year, the Baker-Polito Administration increased the hourly rate for lifeguards to between $21 and $26 depending on position and associated certifications (last year’s starting rates were $20 for lifeguards and $21 for head lifeguards). The agency also continues to offer a $500 retention bonus that will be provided to lifeguards who work for the department through the end of the season. To learn more about lifeguarding opportunities, please visit the agency’s lifeguarding webpage. DCR is currently recruiting seasonal positions across the state. DCR manages state parks, forests, coastal and inland beaches, pools and campground facilities from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. Available positions include park rangers, park interpreters, supervisors, pool managers, drivers, coastal shore bird monitors, forestry assistants, buildings and ground maintenance workers, and office assistants. To learn more about DCR seasonal employment, please visit the agency’s seasonal jobs webpage

To increase safety at waterfronts and swimming facilities, the Baker-Polito Administration has taken a proactive approach by incorporating several measures. In addition to providing free swimming lessons at select agency pools across the Commonwealth, new signage at unguarded locations that can be translated into seven languages using a QR code has been installed. Additionally, the Administration has also installed life rings at several locations for the public to use in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, while lifeguards will be present at all DCR pool locations, it is still important that everyone takes safety precautions when visiting swimming. Water Safety tips to adhere to include:   

  • Use the buddy system even if you're a strong swimmer; 

  • Supervise children in and around the pool at all times. Parents and other guardians serve as the first and primary line of safety for their children; 

  • Teach children to always ask permission before going near the water; 

  • Avoid consuming alcohol or drugs; 

  • Drink lots of water; 

  • Don’t dive headfirst into the water, except in designated areas where the water is at least 12 feet deep; 

  • Do not swim during a storm or when there is lightning; 

  • Make sure you know how to swim. If you can’t swim, keep to shallow areas or use a U.S. Coast Guard-guard approved life jacket; and, 

  • Don’t swim beyond your skillset.  

A complete list of DCR-managed pools and spray decks, as well as operating hours, can be found on the agency’s website. 


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces DCR-Managed Pools Open for the Season this Weekend

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.