Summer officially arrived this week with the longest day of the year. And the changing of the seasons is a good reminder of one of the fundamental tenets of aquatic safety:
Correct lifeguard positioning changes with the seasons.
Of course, there are many aspects of positioning that remain constant. The need for elevated guard chairs, the importance of line of sight, and proximity to the area you are guarding. Yet changing seasons means changing lighting or glare patterns.
That means it is important that you are regularly re-testing—at different times of the day and in different weather conditions—to make sure that each of your lifeguards are properly positioned and can see their area of responsibility. This week, we challenge you to take a silhouette, black towel, or staff member and test a position or two. Below we have highlighted a few things for you to remember as you go through this process: