Lido Pool to be closed on Tuesdays as of June 14 because of lifeguard shortage

Rescheduled hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting

The Lido Pool is located on Lido Key. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

The City of Sarasota’s Lido Pool, located at 400 Ben Franklin Drive, will be closed on Tuesdays effective June 14 because of an ongoing lifeguard shortage, the city has announced.

The adjusted hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., weather permitting, a news release says.

“For the past two years, since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a drastic shortage of lifeguards throughout the country, and we’re experiencing it here in Sarasota,” said Emily Morris, Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex manager, who oversees the Lido Pool. “We’re reducing swim hours to allow the pool to remain open with limited lifeguards,” she added in the release. “We’ll return to regular hours as soon as additional lifeguards are hired and ready for lifesaving duty.”

Qualified lifeguards interested in a position with the City of Sarasota are encouraged to apply online at

Additionally, the release notes, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a Red Cross Lifeguarding certification course June 22-24 for individuals at least 15 years of age. Registration is $225. Persons may sign up online at

For information about the certification course and pool hours, contact the Arlington Aquatic Complex at 941-263-6732.