Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Wisconsin teenagers could have more job opportunities after the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to allow 15 year olds to become certified lifeguards.
The state's tourism industry is in support of the bill and so are local aquatics directors like Cathy Krula.
Krula is the aquatics director and head swim team coach at the Chippewa Falls YMCA.
Krula said as long as a 15 year old can pass the extensive lifeguard training course, they should be able to keep swimmers safe.
"I think it's awesome not only for aquatic facilities but for 15 year olds," Krula said. "It's a grueling class and test to take to be a lifeguard, so I think if a 15 year old has that capability, they are obviously able to be a lifeguard also."
The American Red Cross, Wisconsin Dells Water Parks and the Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs support the bill.
The bill is now working its way through the Wisconsin Senate for approval.