Lifeguard spineboards are typically made of wood or plastic. Over the past 20 years there has been a strong shift away from wood boards. The wooden lifeguard spine boards require more maintenance due to cracking and warping. This leads to an increased risk of harboring bacteria. While they are easy to sink in the swimming pool wood spine boards are also heavier than plastic backboards. The wood boards are also typically more expensive.
Why do people still want to use wood lifeguard spine boards? Most people just don’t understand all of the upsides to the newer plastic spineboards and they also have only ever used wood boards.
You should buy a plastic spine board for several reasons. First they are seamless and sealed to prevent fluids from entering the board. This is a very important fact that wood spineboard buyers often overlook and forget that they are in the business of saving and helping others. You should never endanger your patient with a wood spineboard that may be contaminated with past body fluids or bacteria. Plastic life guard spineboards are also great since they are lightweight and 100% x-ray translucent. They are light enough for even small lifeguard to quickly move the boards and buoyant so that they do not sink to the bottom of the pool. If the safety of your patient and the durability of the plastic boards is not enough then the lower price for plastic might be enough to convince you that plastic (at least in this case) is better than paper (wood backboards).
Ok so which plastic spineboard should I buy for my lifeguards? If price is a factor then I would suggest a good entry-mid level Lifeguard Backboard. If you are dead set on a wood spineboard but agree that safety is extremely important than check out one of the best lifeguard backboards on the market the E.G. Spine Board. This board is the strongest spineboard on the market and can out perform any wooden board, plus it is easy to clean.
Many swimming pools are about to open for the summer swim season and they need to make sure that they have all of the necessary rescue and lifesaving equipment on hand. One of the most important items for swimming pools to have is the lifeguard backboard or spineboard. This rescue backboard is required for all swimming pools to have on hand. There are many styles to choose from but we have found a cheap life guard backboard that will fit into every pool’s budget, the Pro-Eco Spineboard. The lifeguard Pro-Eco backboard has a seamless design that prevents any fluid contamination and a 500lb weight capacity, plus it is UV stable which makes it perfect for outdoor swimming pools. The Rapid Deployment Products Pro-Lite Spineboard is the best choice for swimming pools. This new spine board has an unlimited weight capacity and is made of lightweight, one-piece x-ray translucent polyethylene plastic with molded-in pins, and it is also UV stable. Why the Pro-Lite Spineboard and not different spine board? Because there is a 100% guarantee for the life of the spineboard under normal conditions, plus it is guaranteed not to warp for the life of the spineboard. Don’t mess around with those wood backboards that you are needing to replace every couple of yearsWe recommend the use of backboard head immobilizer with this lifeguard spine board. The head immobilizer will keep the head and neck firmly in place while on the back board. You will also need to get the velcro straps for the spineboard which is a total strap system for a fast and firm immobilization.