We need to work together, and stand together, to address the challenges facing our industry.
Let's create a ripple across our communities and a buzz for lifeguards to be seen for the heroes that they are.
Be the culture of change so that people are lining up to become lifeguards, the same way they are to get into emergency services. Together we can change an industry.
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Our industry is in crisis with a lifeguard shortage. We have all identified and are implementing countless micro solutions to this issue but it is time for us pull together as a united industry to address this issue on a larger scale!
Read the position statement from the International Life Saving Federation:
(For more info visit: https://www.ilsf.org/about/position-statements)
Firefighters and police officers are rightfully perceived as selfless public servants and Heroes. This is because they are focused on public safety with noble qualities and require courage in the face of danger. The work of a Lifeguard is similar in that they work to keep the people safe by teaching swimming to prevent death and harm. Lifeguards also respond in an emergency putting their person in danger to save another. Yet the public do not commonly associate Lifeguards as community heroes.
It is imperative that we work together as an industry to change this and to elevate the perception of Lifeguards. By using the following HERO approach when certifying, training, or supervising Lifeguards we will inspire this and future generations of Lifeguards:
Help Lifeguards maintain optimal physical and mental fitness
Empower them to own BEing a Lifeguard
Remind Lifeguards that they are saving lives when Lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons
Offer opportunities for Lifeguards to share their stories
For resources and to learn more about the HERO approach Join the Movement!
When you ask anyone what a Fire Fighter looks like or a Police Officer they will clearly be able to tell you regardless of where in the world you are. We need to ensure that we can achieve the same result with Lifeguards. By uniting in our appearance we will enhance our awareness with the public.
Many municipalities are requiring their Lifeguards to adopt their corporate colours and branding standards with uniforms. Lifeguards should qualify for exceptions similar to Fire Fighters, Bylaw Officers, Animal Service Officers, and Security Personnel with uniform standards.
The International Life Saving Federation states that uniforms should be distinctive and consistent in appearance.
"The most widely used uniform colour scheme is the use of uniforms coloured red and yellow. These colours have proven to be readily distinguishable against the many people and colours they may be wearing while in, on or around aquatic environments. The red and yellow colour scheme has become synonymous with lifesavers in many countries." - ILS Lifesaving Position Statement - LPS 05 (Lifesaver and Lifeguard Uniforms)
Ideally upper body clothing (shirt, jacket, etc.) will be yellow and lower body clothing (swimsuit, shorts, pants, etc.) will be red.
By adopting these colours with your uniform you will help promote international consistency and recognition.
In addition to colour of your uniforms also consider: