Choosing the Right Lifeguard Spineboard Equipment

18 01 2013

Being a lifeguard means being prepared for any type of emergency. Whether you work at a pool or a beach at a lake or the ocean, it is important to have all the right equipment to deal with any emergency that may come your way. Some of the equipment that is necessary but can be easily overlooked include spineboards, backboards and head immobilizers, all of which are essential if someone is suspected to have a head, neck or spinal injury due to an accident in or around the water.

Spineboards/Backboards

One of the most important things you will need, whether there is a suspected head, neck or spine injury or the person is simply unconscious, is a spineboard or backboard. These flat boards allow you to easily transport a patient without causing further injury. While it is best to leave a person as you found him until paramedics can arrive, it is important to be able to move someone out of danger if it becomes necessary. In addition to having the right spineboards or backboards on hand to transport patients when needed, it is also important to make sure you have the right straps to secure someone to the board. When you have a board you use, you must inspect the straps on a regular basis and replace them when they wear out to keep everyone safe.

Head Immobilizers

When someone may have a head, neck or spine injury, the best thing you can do is make sure he doesn’t move. One way you can ensure the patient doesn’t move, especially if you have to move him on a spineboard, is to use a head immobilizer. This apparatus secures around the head and neck to keep the patients neck straight to avoid any further injury. Protecting the patient should be your number one priority. When paramedics finally arrive on the scene, they will be pleased to see you have taken the proper precautions to prevent a more serious injury.

Even if someone isn’t as injured as you first suspect, it is important to have the right lifeguard equipment to ensure his safety. This includes having a spineboard or backboard on which to safely transport a patient whenever necessary. In the case of a suspected head, neck or spine injury, having the right head immobilizers is also important to ensure the patient isn’t further injured by any movements that occur before the paramedics arrive.





Provide the Right Lifeguard Gear for First Aid

24 12 2012
Having the right lifeguard gear helps save lives.

Have what you need at your fingertips with the right lifeguard gear.

The primary function of any lifeguard, whether at the beach of the pool, is to save lives and help those who need it. This means lifeguards must be fully prepared for any emergency. Because a lifeguard is often the first person on the scene, even when paramedics are called, it is important for the lifeguard to have the right type of first aid equipment to help the victim and increase the chances of a successful treatment. When it comes to first aid kits, there are a couple of options from which to choose.

First Responder Bag

While a majority of the accidents with which lifeguards deal are minor, some of them can be quite serious, especially if someone was struggling in the water. Having a first responder bag on hand will ensure the lifeguard has everything he needs to deal with the emergency as best he can until the paramedics can arrive. This bag is made from durable nylon and is available in either orange or navy to best fit your needs. You can even have the name or logo of your pool or beach embroidered on the bag. With plenty of pockets and elastic loops, you will be able to store everything you need to do your job correctly.

First Aid Kits

If you are a pool lifeguard, you aren’t likely to need as much equipment in a portable form as lifeguards on the beach. For this reason, you may want to choose a first aid kit that is designed to assist with the injuries that are more likely to occur at the pool. These first aid kits come with everything you need to treat a variety of patients, including bandages, plastic gloves, first aid cream, gauze and more. You can choose a variety of sizes for these kits, allowing you to treat anywhere from 10 people up to 36. Stored in a sturdy plastic case, you will be able to quickly grab what you need.

Taking care of people who are injured or sick is all part of the job of any lifeguard. Having the right lifeguard gear to take care of any emergency, whether on the beach or at the pool, will help you save lives and help those who are injured until further help can arrive. With the first responder bag and first aid kits, you will have everything you need right at your fingertips.





Lifeguard Accessories Make Your Job Easier

10 09 2012
Lifeguard Accessories

A good whistle is an essential lifeguard accessory.

Lifeguards have a big responsibility on their hands, keeping everyone at the pool or beach safe. Lifeguards work in a variety of areas, including outdoor public pools, indoor public pools, such as at fitness gyms, water parks and ocean or lake beaches. It takes a great deal of training and education to become a successful lifeguard. Once you are certified to be a lifeguard and you have received your lifeguard swimsuit, you will want various lifeguard accessories to make your job easier. It is common for lifeguards to have walkie talkies or another means to radio in an emergency to management, but there are also other accessories that help lifeguards stay on top of everything that is going around them.

Whistles

Whistles are an essential piece of lifeguard equipment. Pools and beaches can become noisy, making it difficult for the lifeguard to be heard over the roar of the crowd. Because the job of the lifeguards is to keep everyone safe, they require a noticeable whistle to gain attention. A large part of what lifeguards do on a daily basis is to tell patrons of the pool or beach their specific action is dangerous and not allowed. This includes running, diving in shallow water or incorrectly going down a water slide. The Fox 40 Plastic Whistle is one of the louder whistles on the market. It can be heard over just about any noise you have to overcome. It is also waterproof. This gives lifeguards one less thing to worry about as they jump in the water to rescue someone.

Fanny Pack

The Lifeguard Fanny Pack gives lifeguards a safe way to store their first aid and lifeguard equipment without worrying about it getting lost or wet. With three waterproof pockets, the items that cannot get wet can be stored inside for safe keeping. The fanny pack is the best way to keep lifeguards hands free to focus on rescuing those in need but still have the necessary components that help them in the rescue.

Diving Brick

One of the main tests potential lifeguards need to pass to become certified is the dive brick test. The 10 lb. Diving Brick is used as a test to see if you can dive down to the bottom of the water, pick the brick up and swim back using only your legs, while keeping the brick above water. You need to make it back to the wall, place the brick on the wall and then get out in a specified amount of time. Owning a diving brick as one of your lifeguard accessories gives your lifeguards a chance to keep up their skills, even after they are certified. They can also be used to train potential lifeguards to pass the test.





The Importance of Lifeguard Suits

18 07 2012
Lifeguard Swimsuits

Lifeguard swimsuits are important to your performance.

Practical swimwear is not just for competitive swimmers. Lifeguard suits need to be just as functional and flexible as those competitive swimmers require. A lifeguard has one of the most important jobs at the pool – saving lives. A restrictive swimsuit cannot get in the way of the lifeguard’s job. Lifeguards have a variety of suits to choose from to find the perfect suit that fits their needs.

The Various Types of Lifeguard Swim Suits

The Speedo Lifeguard Flyback Swimsuit for women is made from Xtra Life LYCRA to give you incredible durability and longevity when you wear life guard swim suits. The LYCRA repels sunscreen and chlorine, which helps prevent premature fading and staining on your suit. The LYCRA also resists the dreaded sagging most suits experience after wearing it a few times. With thin straps to allow freedom of movement and a low amount of drag, this lifeguard suit is ideal for any lifeguard.

The Nike Guard Sport Top 2 Piece Bikini offers function and style all in one for lifeguards. Some people are more comfortable in a lifeguard two piece, especially when they have to sit in the guard chair all day. Featuring a lifeguard logo on the front, a thin strap in the back to reduce your tan lines and perfect splice to flatter your body, this lifeguard suit offers style and function all in one.

The Speedo Lifeguard Super Pro Swim Suit offers lifeguards a classic style, along with exceptional features for the times they have to go in the water. Made of LYCRA for a perfect fit that it is flattering and comfortable, this lifeguard suit offers many features to increase the comfort of the guards. The wide straps reduce slipping, the bar tack reinforcement increases the longevity of the suit and the flat-locked stitching reduces the occurrence of chafing after a long day of working as a guard.

Improve Your Performance with Lifeguard Swim Suits

Lifeguard suits have come a long way in recent years. What used to be the same one-piece suit worn by every lifeguard country-wide has changed into a wide variety of suits that include a lifeguard two piece to meet the style and functions every guard needs. If you are a guard, choose your suit wisely to ensure you have maximum comfort for a long day at the pool, as well as maximum functionality when your skills are put to the test.





The Best Lifeguard Shorts

8 06 2012
Best Lifeguard Shorts

Choosing the best lifeguard shorts for your crew comes down to three brands.

Your male lifeguards need a quality suit they can rely on to give them freedom of movement and feel comfortable because of the length of time they will wear them as they keep the waters safe. In general, most of the best lifeguard shorts are also the best lifeguard boardshorts. This is because your male lifeguards need this type of shorts for the greatest performance. Knowing which shorts to pick as the best requires a little knowledge of the different styles available.

Speedo

Speedo provides two different options in the league of the best guard shorts available on the market. The 20-inch Zuma Short is made from polyester microfiber twill and features the lifeguard logo down the side. Each pair of shorts offers a pocket for storage when needed. You can choose between navy, red and sapphire blue to best fit your needs. The 20-inch Volley Short offers water repellant so they don’t feel wet after you end up in the water. Available in black, navy, red and sapphire blue, these shorts feature the lifeguard logo on the bottom in the front.

Dolfin

The Dolfin brand also features a best lifeguard boardshort for your lifeguard team. The black, red, navy and royal blue boardshorts with the Dolfin swim logo make a great option for any guard. The Dolfin Guard Short, made from microfiber polyester, also offers a mesh lining for comfort, a pocket for storage and a drawstring for a better fit.

TYR

If you prefer TYR as the best guard boardshorts, you have two different options. Both the Challenger and Aero boardshorts provide your lifeguards with a comfortable fit and the lifeguard logo on the front of the leg. They are also both lined and feature a drawstring for the most customized fit. The Challenger has been one of the best-selling guard shorts and features quick dry technology so you don’t have to stay wet after you get wet.

Choosing the best lifeguard shorts for your crew allows you to choose between some of the biggest names. Speedo, Dolfin and TYR all provide boardshorts for your lifeguards in a range of colors and options so you can find the ones that work best for your crew. If you aren’t sure which one your crew would enjoy the most, check them all out and get the input of your team so you can be sure to pick one everyone will love to wear.





The Best Lifeguard T-Shirts

1 06 2012
Best Guard Tees

Lifeguard t-shirts can provide your guards with the coverage they need while staying cool.

Everyone knows it isn’t a good thing to be out in the sun, fully exposed. The more skin you have exposed, the more sunscreen you will need and the greater the risk of excessive exposure to the sun. When you are a lifeguard, you need to be out in the sun for your entire shift. You may have an umbrella to offer you a little protection from the sun, but for the most part, you are out in the open. Therefore, it is important to cover up as much as possible. This includes wearing the best guard tee to help protect your upper body.

Guard Quick Dry Tech T-Shirt

This option for the best lifeguard t-shirts can help your lifeguards stay cool and dry throughout the day in the hot sun. This t-shirt is made from 100 percent polyester and offers a lightweight option for lifeguards who are looking for a little reprieve from the heat of the summer sun. The material is completely breathable so you don’t need to worry about feeling as though you are sweltering in the sun from wearing too much clothes. These shirts also offer UV protection, helping your sunscreen do its job. With the lifeguard logo, everyone will know you are the one to come to for help.

Guard T-Shirt

If you are looking for the best guard t-shirts and want something that can be worn on a regular basis in addition to at the pool or beach, a guard t-shirt can be just what you need. Emblazoned with a lifeguard logo that shows you are in charge, this 100 percent cotton t-shirt provides lightweight comfort and the ability to wear this t-shirt anywhere. If you want to have more than one shirt or have offered to buy shirts for all of the lifeguards you employ, this option offers a low cost so you don’t need to worry about the price.

Choosing the best guard tees for your team of lifeguards comes down to two basic choices. If you want something that will help keep your crew cooler, the quick dry tech t-shirt can provide breathability and comfort for those long hours in the sun. However, if you want something that costs a little less but still provides the best coverage for your guards, the cotton guard t-shirt can be the right option for you. No matter which one you choose, your guards will have a t-shirt that shows everyone on the beach who to trust.





The Best Lifeguard Two-Pieces Are Functional and Attractive

25 05 2012
Two-Piece Lifeguard Suits

Finding the best lifeguard two-piece will give your female guards functionality with a great look.

When you see lifeguards in television and movies, they are often wearing one piece swimsuits. However, this isn’t the only option when you are dealing with lifeguard suits. Choosing the best lifeguard 2 pieces for your lifeguard suits can serve the same purpose with a touch of appeal. If this is the option you want for your female guards, there are several options that could qualify as the best lifeguard bikini for your group.

TYR Two-Pieces

TYR offers two options for two-piece lifeguard suits for your female guards. The TYR Diamondback suit will provide your lifeguards with the freedom of motion and decreased drag they need if they need to rescue someone from the water. This suit is made from material that holds up well to chlorine and the effects of the sun so you won’t need to replace the suits as often. Choose between royal and navy blue. Another of the TYR options is the Ringback Workout bikini. This option provides you with an adjustable fit so you can experience the greatest comfort level for long-term wear. This best guard 2 piece, available in red or navy, offers a lower cut top and higher cut bottom to provide for a sexier look when desired.

Nike Guard Bikini

If Nike is your preferred brand for the best lifeguard two piece, you can look no further than the Nike Guard Sport Top 2 piece. This 2 piece bikini style provides your guards with a comfortable and attractive fit. With an eye-catching red and black design, your lifeguards will stand out from the crowd as the people who can help. The thin straps provide comfort without affecting the ability to move through the water quickly and efficiently.

Speedo Two-Piece

The Speedo brand is a top name in swimwear of all types. Among the best lifeguard two pieces, the Speedo Flyback top and Midster bottom work together to create a reinforced fit that will provide you with the support you desire from a suit. The top is available in navy and red with the bottoms available in navy, red and black. Your guards will have the suit they need for the job and look good wearing it too.

Dolfin Guard 2-Pieces

Another option for the best lifeguard bikini is the Dolfin Guard two-piece top and bottom. The tank-style top comes in black, navy, red and royal blue so you can create the customized look you want for your lifeguard team. The corresponding bottoms are available in the same colors so you can coordinate the suits, allowing for a uniform look for your guards.

Seeking out the best guard 2 piece doesn’t have to be difficult. With these four brands, you will be able to find the option that works the best for your guard team.








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