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      How to Use a Lifeguard Whistle?

      How to Use a Lifeguard Whistle?

      Introduction

      A lifeguard whistle may seem to be a minor part of lifeguard’s equipment, but it plays an important role. It can alert the general public from danger and also help to capture the attention of a victim. The article discusses the correct usage and maintenance of lifeguard whistles.

      Types of Lifeguard Whistles

      The major type of lifeguard whistles are as follows:

      Pea Whistles

      Pea whistles contain a small ball also known as pea for making the whistling sound. As air passes through the whistle chamber, it causes the pea to vibrate and this produces a high-pitched and shrill whistling sound which can be heard over long distances. Due to more moving parts, pea whistles are likely to fail and also difficult to clean.

      Pealess Whistles

      Pealess whistles don’t use a pea for creating the whistle sound. They are considered to be more reliable and hygienic lifeguard whistles. They have lesser moving parts and hence, are easier to clean and less prone to failures. Water can also drain easily and better from the sound chamber. They are also costlier than pea whistles.

      Blowing the Lifeguard Whistle Correctly

      Blowing the lifeguard whistles correctly is important as it can help you grab the attention of the victim you are trying to rescue and alert others also. The technique for blowing the lifeguard whistle is key for you to be effective as a lifeguard. You should not blow the whistle like inflating a toy by using the air in your mouth. This will lead to a softer and muffled whistle sound which cannot be heard from a longer distance. You should bring the air from your stomach to blow into the whistle. You should inhale deeply and then blow into the whistle forcibly, by using the force of your stomach, lungs, and mouth. It will ensure a shrill whistle sound which can be easily heard and recognized by people from a distance.

      Maintaining the Lifeguard Whistle

      Lifeguard whistles can get dirty over time. They need to be maintained and cleaned regularly for them to function properly. If you are using a metal whistle, you should clean it by boiling it. You can put your whistle in boiling water for up to 10 minutes and then allow the water to cool on its own. The whistle can now be removed and left to air dry.

      You should completely avoid cleaning plastic lifeguard whistles by boiling method as it will deform the whistle. Place the plastic whistle in a bowl of mouthwash which is also antiseptic. Allow the whistle to soak the mouthwash for nearly 30 minutes. You can now rinse the whistle and leave it to air dry.

      Different Types of Swimming Strokes

      Different Types of Swimming Strokes

      For those who have taken swimming lessons before, swimming strokes is not a new thing but for those who have never been interested with swimming, the various types of strokes or even the definition of strokes might be a puzzle. In this article, we are going to look at various types of swimming strokes that you can employ during your swimming and rescue operation at sea.

      The front crawl stroke

      Just as the name suggests, this is a swimming stroke that normally happens when your face is facing down as if you are tossing your face into the pool. The arms should move in a clockwise manner and in a continuous and alternate manner. When one of the arms comes out of the water, the other one resurfaces above the water. That means that the arms and the legs act as the propellers that propel you forward. On the other hand, the legs needs to do a quick up and down movements and should produce a flutter kick at all time.

      The Breaststroke

      This is one of the strokes that is considered easy to learn and that has made it popular among swimmers and rescuers. With this particular style, the body goes up from the horizontal position to an inclined position. Most of the energy is gathered during arms recovery so as to produce the horizontal thrust during the glide phase. Also, during recovery, you need to move your hands in such a way that they stretch away from your chest and the forwards. This makes the body straight just like a frog thrusting its horizontal body forward. In order to promote recovery, your legs should move towards the buttocks before preparing your thighs for the next kick.

      Butterfly stroke

      The experts of swimming lessons have come to a conclusion that this is the second fastest swimming stroke after the free style strokes. However, it should be noted that it is also the most exhaustive stroke above all. This is a stroke that utilizes the undulating movement where the head, the chest, the legs as well as the hips move in an undulating manner just like the waves. The arms move from an extended position and down towards the chest hence acting as the canoe paddles. On the other hand, the legs produces a continuous remain in an attention position but beats up and down hence producing a symmetrical movement.  

      Choosing the Right Lifeguard Whistles

      Choosing the Right Lifeguard Whistles

      Lifeguard whistles may appear insignificant to many but they do matter a lot in emergency situations. There are a number of instances when such an insignificant apparatus has saved lives. Lifeguard whistles are not only meant for water body rescue operations but for all the emergency situations. However, there are so many types of whistles in the market to choose from. The fact that they are many makes us shy away and recoil wondering which ones are the best. Sometimes our own prejudgments leads us to choosing the wrong types of whistles. Here are a number of things to consider when choosing the right lifeguard whistle.

      It should be durable and resistant

      Accidents or emergency situations are numerous and we can group them as fire accidents, marine accidents and even air accidents. In that case, your lifeguard whistles should be in a position to withstand the gravity and veracity of the situation at that time. For instance, for accidents such as fire accidents, you need a metallic lifeguard whistles which has been coated with a fire resistant material. This will make sure that even if you go through flames, your whistle will still be intact. It should also be able to withstand breakages as in the case of traumatic accidents.

      Choose a lifeguard whistle that is loud enough

      If you get down to research on those accidents where people have been rescued with a whistle. On that note, it is very important to choose a lifeguard whistle based on how much sound it can be able to produce when blow.

      A good lifeguard whistle should be easy to locate or hold

      A good whistle is that which has a narrow mouth piece and should be able to fit comfortably. They must be designed in such a way that it has holders that can be easily held by your hand and it should also have straps. Tough whistle straps are crucial as they ensure that you remain with it and can easily locate it at any given time.

      History of Lifeguards

      History of Lifeguards

      Swimming gained a lot of popularity in the 19th century in the US. Resorts started popping up in places like Atlantic City and New Jersey. These resorts had huge swimming pools and other recreational activities in the water to help people escape from the heat of the summer. However, as the popularity of swimming increased so did the incidence of drowning. The American Red Cross estimated that in the early twentieth century around 9000 humans drowned each year.

      In order to solve the drowning predicament, these resorts installed lifelines. But, these lifelines were of no help because swimmers were unable to get a hold of them. After lifelines, came rescue boards. Duke Kahanamoku was one of Hawaii’s first watermen. He introduced the rescue board around 1915.

      Some other communities decided to assign police officers to rescue drowning people from the water. However, using police officers proved to be a problem because it used up law enforcement resources. Eventually, local governments began to hire people that were explicitly trained for water rescue. These men and women started to go by the term “lifeguards.”

      In 1912, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) developed a National Lifesaving Service. Soon after, in 1914, the American Red Cross Lifesaving was established. This service trained swimmers in lifesaving and CPR. Once these swimmers were prepared, they were sent to work as lifeguards in their local communities.

      Soon enough, lifeguards became an esteemed and challenging career choice. As swimming became more and more popular, non-swimming rescue methods were introduced to aid lifeguards. This was especially true for lifeguards at public beaches where a large number of people swam great distances. The landline and dory are two examples of non-swimming rescue methods.

      As the twentieth century progressed, many new organizations popped up such as the United States Lifeguard Association (USLA). In 1983 the American Red Cross expanded their training program, followed by YMCA in 1986.

      Today, lifeguards rescue more than roughly 100,000 people from drowning annually. Even though swimming and recreational water activities are increasing in popularity, the incidences of drowning have decreased dramatically due to lifeguards and the work they do.

      Men's Halloween Costumes Ideas

      Men's Halloween Costumes Ideas

      Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re working beachside or poolside this season, we have a few ways you can add some creativity to your lifeguard uniform. Here are a few ideas.

      Men’s Costume Ideas

      Nothing says you’re ready to save lives like a Baywatch or Superman themed costume. Pair red and blue lifeguard board shorts with the same color tank, long sleeve, or waterproof jacket. Let’s not forget the boogie boards and lifeguard whistle.

      The red and blue themed costume will work for either of these themes. If you’re going for the Superman theme, choose a matching tank and shorts. Wear a sweatshirt or jacket and you’re ready to shed that layer when it’s time for action.

      Ideas For Women

      If the Superman theme works for men, a Wonder Woman costume is sure to attract some attention for the women lifeguard. If you want to piece this idea together, choose a full-length red suit. Then add bright blue shorts or a skirt over the top. You can add a gold headband and a red cape to complete the costume.

      A Baywatch themed lifeguard costume works for women lifeguards as well as men. If you want to pull off this costume, choose a simple, full, red suit, or a red half-tank and shorts. You can also choose a long-sleeved suit with a zipper. Then, grab your red whistle and lifeguard shorts and you’re all set.

      These are just a few Halloween lifeguard costume idea. The possibilities are endless.

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