Whether at local swimming pools or at the open oceans, being a lifeguard comes with a lot of responsibilities. You have to constantly be alert and ready to literally dive in to offer assistance to anybody that may require it. Apart from being a good swimmer, a lifeguard must also be able to master certain other skills that will invariably improve competence in rescuing victims. One of such is how to use the lifeguard rescue can.
The lifeguard rescue can is a potentially life-saving piece of equipment that is used in rescuing swimmers in distress. It is an easy to use floatation device made of hard plastic material and comes with a strap and cord. They are durable, lightweight and very buoyant, enabling lifeguards to easily support victims back to safety. Lifeguard rescue cans are usually bright in color - mostly red. They are air-filled contraptions with handles by the side and at the rear for swimmers to hold on to while being rescued. The strap affixes the rescue can to the lifeguard's body such that they are able to swim along without any drag.
When a swimmer is in need of assistance and their distance is not too far off, the lifeguard (who at all times must have their rescue can strapped across their shoulder) should identify the appropriate mode of entry into the water. This depends on factors such as the depth of the water, the presence of an obstacle or other people in the water, the condition of the swimmer and the position of the lifeguard station. The lifeguard must then swim towards the distressed swimmer quickly from the front with the rescue can above and in front. Once within reach, the lifeguard should reassure the swimmer and instruct them to hold on tight to the rescue can via the handles at the sides or the rear and then float them back to the surface. The multiple handles on the lifeguard rescue can allow for rescuing multiple victims.
On the other hand, when a distressed swimmer is too far out to be reached in time by the lifeguard, the rescue can may be thrown towards the swimmer, with the lifeguard holding on to the adjoining cord. The lifeguard rescue can is thrown carefully to land just beyond the swimmer who is then instructed to grab onto the rescue can via the handles. The lifeguard then carefully drags the swimmer to safety using the adjoining cord. This is also applicable to multiple victims.
A lifeguard must be prepared to make split-second decisions and take appropriate actions as to the proper way to go about rescuing a distressed swimmer, as the safety of the swimmers is their responsibility.