First Aid

Essentials of a Lifeguard First Aid Kit

As a lifeguard, having the right equipment can make the difference when trying to save someone’s life.

Lifeguards have the incredibly important and satisfying job of watching over people as they do various activities in or around water. Unfortunately, people on their own can not be trusted to behave safely and protect themselves around water.

Lifeguards are needed to enforce safety rules and to take action if someone is is danger. And danger is a common thing when water is involved.

In order to do a lifeguarding job right, you need the right tools. A whistle. A floatation device. An elevated chair from which to yell at children from. Equally as important as these are a well-stocked lifeguard first aid kit and the knowledge to use it properly.

Stocking your Lifeguard First Aid Kit

A lot of injuries occur at the pool or beach that aren’t particularly dangerous or unusual. Scrapes, bruises, cuts, and the like are all common injuries that occur anywhere, but especially near water. For these and others, you should have all the things commonly found in a first aid kit, including but not limited too

  • bandages of all sizes
  • gauze
  • medical scissors
  • medical tape
  • sterile pads and wipes
  • antiseptic ointment

In addition, a lifeguard first aid kit needs to be equipped for special injuries that typically only happen near water. Additionally, the lifegaurd first aid kit should be in a waterproof container, and all its components should be in waterproof packaging. Some special things you should include in a lifegaurd first aid kit include

  • a miniature defibrillator
  • something to induce vomiting if someone swallowed too much pool or seawater
  • anti-itch and anti-sting medication for jellyfish and other marine life that can bite or sting
  • saline solution to wash out sand and salt from cuts and wounds
  • CPR kit

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