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Lifeguard Signals You Should Know Before Going to the Beach

Lifeguard Signals You Should Know Before Going to the Beach

| On 11, Jun 2012

Ever wonder if the lifeguards were whistling and waving their arms at you while you were in the water?

It can be very confusing at times so here are a few tips to know:
1 short blast – used to gain the attention of a swimmer.
2 short blasts – used to gain the attention of a fellow lifeguard.
3 short blasts – used to signal to a fellow lifeguard that an emergency is taking place, action must be taken.
1 long blow – used to signal to swimmers that they must clear the pool or beach, this could be because an emergency is taking place significant enough for the lifeguards to clear the water.


Arms waving to and fro above head – attract other person’s attention
One arm waved to and fro above head – message not clear, please repeat
Arms held at 45 degrees below horizontal – investigate object in the water (land only)
Arm moves rapidly from straight up to straight down – message understood
One hand held vertically upwards – “come to me” – on land => come in, in water => assistance required
Arm horizontal to left or right – go in that direction (land only)
Both arms held vertically up – on land => go further out, in water => urgent assistance required
Both arms held horizontal – on land => remain stationary, in water => situation OK

These are a few ways to make sure you have safe and great summer. Remember, signals may vary between locations so it’s always best to check with your local lifeguard before getting into the water.

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