I've heard of private chefs, private concerts, even a private barber. A private lifeguard, however, is something completely new. Nonetheless, it's coming to the Hudson Valley.

Lifeguard Shortages in the Hudson Valley

Like many industries in New York, qualified lifeguards are in short supply. Lake Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County, NY recently announced they needed to close their beach to swimmers on Mondays and Tuesdays because of the staffing shortage. Could a private gig be enough for lifeguards to lather on the sunscreen and hop up in the high chair? Here's what being offered in Dutchess County, NY:

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Private Lifeguards in the Hudson Valley, NY

You can already rent somebody's private pool (more on that in a sec), but what about a lifeguard for your own backyard oasis? A recent Facebook post from a Hopewell, NY resident was looking for just that. "Hi Everyone, our family is seeking a lifeguard for a family party in our backyard", the post began. "$25/hr. Please message me if interested." Public pools and parks may be having a hard time finding job applicants, but the comments came rolling in for this private gig...

Hire a Lifeguard in Dutchess County, NY

"That’s a great idea!", said one Dutchess County resident. "Message me I may be able to help if you haven’t found one", chimed in another. Other comments tagged (presumably) potential lifeguards for the job. So renting a private lifeguard may in fact be possible in the Hudson Valley, but back to renting a private pool...

This pool is rentable in Ulster County (Swimply)
This pool is rentable in Ulster County (Swimply)
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Pool Rental in the Hudson Valley

A new app called Swimply has recently hit the market, and it allows hourly rentals of private pools (think Airbnb, but with water). Currently there are rentals available in Ulster, Orange, and Dutchess County, NY. Rentable lifeguards and pools? Why not do both?! If it's too rich for your blood, check out some of the best public options in the Hudson Valley below.

Cool Off and Take a Dip at These Local Swimming Pools in the Hudson Valley


There’s nothing quite like taking a dip in a swimming pool during the warm summer months. The first toe dip, the laps across the pool and sunshine beaming on you as you relax in a float are all things I look forward to.

I don’t have a pool but I have friends who do have their own swimming pool. However, schedules don’t always match up for a swim date. I have been to local swimming pools before and I believe it’s such a smart idea that different counties and towns have this as an option.

Check out these Hudson Valley public swimming pools below.

The Very Best Hudson Valley Swimming Pool Hacks To Up Your Game

If you've got a backyard Hudson Valley pool you'll want to make the most of the short swimming season. These must-haves and pool hacks will help make sure you squeeze the most fun out of your backyard oasis.