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.





Proper Lifeguard Equipment is Essential

7 05 2012
Lifeguard Equipment

The equipment your lifeguards have will dictate their ability to help in an emergency.

Lifeguards are there to help protect everyone in the water. However, even the best lifeguard can’t always be effective if he doesn’t have the proper equipment on hand to help those who need it. If you need lifeguards to work for you at your pool or beach, it is important to make sure they have all the proper equipment. Even if you don’t supply the lifeguard suits, there are some things you should provide so everyone can stay safe.

Lifeguard Fanny Pack

A lifeguard is going to want to have everything he needs in easy reach, especially when there is an emergency. This is where a lifeguard fanny pack can work to your benefit. This fanny pack will advertise that you are the one to turn to for help, while providing you storage space for everything you may need in an emergency. It won’t hold larger items, but it is still an important tool to have with you at all times.

Lifeguard First Aid Kit

Perhaps one of the most important tools a lifeguard can keep close by is the lifeguard first aid kit. Available in a wide range of sizes, you can find one that will best fit your needs. For instance, if you work a busy beach, you may want a much larger kit than if you were a guard at a small private pool with few swimmers. These kits often contain everything you need for minor injuries, including bandages, antiseptic ointment, gloves, adhesive tape and more.

Other Equipment

Other important equipment for your lifeguards can include a lifeguard rescue tube and a guard backboard. Both of these items can be incredibly useful in emergency situations. The lifeguard rescue tube makes those difficult water rescues easier by providing buoyancy to the person being rescued, which makes it easier to tow the person in. A backboard is necessary in case of back or neck injuries sustained in a pool or other body of water.

Making sure your lifeguards are well-equipped for every emergency. No one wants anything bad to happen, but when you are around water and have swimmers of various experience levels, things can happen. It is important to make sure your lifeguards have everything they need to help. It is up to you to make sure your guards have all the lifeguard equipment they need, whether you will be buying the equipment or they will.








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