4 ways to prepare your lifeguard uniform for the winter
Now that November is officially upon us and winter is soon to follow, it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to stay warm as a lifeguard. According to the World Health Organization, the most comfortable water temperature for swimming is between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. So that means 70 degrees Fahrenheit (or less) feels really cold to most people. Try these 4 ways to make your lifeguard uniform comfortable for the winter months.
Throw on a jacket
For lifeguards in windy cities, a windbreaker lifeguard jacket will help you beat the breezes. If you’re not battling wind but just the sheer cold, you may opt for a fleece-lined jacket. Jackets not only transform the comfort of your outfit, but they also transform the look!
Bring a blanket
As long as it’s okay with your supervisor, bringing a blanket can really transform your experience. When you bundle up, just make sure your blanket isn’t wound too tightly around you. No matter how swaddled you are, it’s important you can still be quick on your feet in case you need to make a rescue.
Wear a hat
It’s not true that you can lose 80% of your body heat through your head, BUT it is true that not covering your head can make you really cold, really fast. Why? Because every other part of our body is clothed or partially clothed. When you don’t cover your head, it’s up against the cold temperatures all on its own. Here’s a quick solve: Wear a lifeguard hat. It’s trendy, easy to identify you and most importantly, it’ll keep your head much warmer.
Put on a pair of sweatpants
If blankets aren’t your thing, toss on a pair of warm and cozy lifeguard sweatpants. You can order ones that match your suit and/or shirt so that they don’t stand out too much. Sweatpants will warm you up and give you the flexibility you need to run and make quick turns.