Rescue Boards - What Makes Them Important At A Waterfront

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2014 in Articles

A community swimming pool is an amenity that adds value to residential property while simultaneously allowing an opportunity for healthy socialization among its residents. However, maintaining and managing a swimming pool is no cakewalk. The management is legally responsible for the health and safety of users. The situation is somewhat similar at a beachfront where most social groups choose to spend leisure time.

Instituting a set of rules and regulations is one way to promote safety but what about untoward incidents and mishaps. A trained team of lifeguards and an adequate stock of rescue equipment is the answer. Speaking of the necessary aids and equipment, the list is an endless one. There are tubes, cans and buoys, spine boards, straps and neck-braces, flippers, goggles and binoculars and rescue boards. A lifeguard service is expected to have most of these, but a rescue board is a must.

Description and Features of Rescue Boards

A rescue board bears an uncanny resemblance to a surf board in its shape. It is made of different kinds of material most commonly plastic or fiberglass. It is manned by a skilled lifeguard. Once trained, it is very easy to use. It enables a lifeguard swim out long distances in the least time.

These boards feature an extremely lightweight construction however; they are sturdy, strong and stable. They can take the weight of the lifeguard and the victim. Many have the capacity to support weight up to 375lbs; some even more. It is fitted with a sturdy skin plastic bottom for additional stability and to extend wear. They also feature grab handles for better grip and to secure the rescuer and victim during the operation.

Another reason why rescue boards are recommended as must-have lifeguard equipment at a waterfront is because of its use in mass life-saving operations. A few have self-inflating tubes that help support 4-5 patients at a time helping them stay afloat till other rescue operations are put into effect. Boards greatly reduce the number of drowning fatalities and drowning related injuries. It allows one to provide medical aid almost immediately. The floatation technology enables a lifeguard to start expired air resuscitation without even reaching the shore.

Soft Top Rescue Boards

Soft top rescue boards are the latest addition to the lineup of lifeguard equipment. Fiber glass was the mostly commonly used material in traditional models. Fiberglass boards were very heavy and difficult to manage for lifeguards of a shorter stature. It also caused injuries. In a soft top board, the deck and handles are made of softer rubber and hence are very comfortable. The soft foam covering reduces injuries caused during rescue efforts. The size and weight increases ease of use for lifeguards with a short and petite frame. Also, soft top models are cheaper than fiberglass variants.

Rescue boards are available in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. Not only this, there are versions for different situations such as surf, swift water, flood and ice rescue. They can be purchased online or at a local store. They are slightly expensive. The price ranges between $500 and $1500 based on the construction materials and features. Replacement accessories can reduce the cost and extend durability.

So, if you're community pool is missing out on necessary rescue equipment, it's time to go shopping. Stock up on a couple rescue boards and summer swimming sessions an enjoyable experience for all.

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