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 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 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.