Lifeguards Social Distancing

With some beaches reopening for the summer, lifeguards are faced with a new task: Enforcing social distancing. We’re all getting used to the new norms of social distancing, but lifeguards will have to get creative. We’re here to help with a few tips on enforcing social distancing as a lifeguard.

First things first: Why?

A lifeguard’s #1 priority is safety. Safety in the ocean, at the pool, at fitness centers and by the dunes. Because we’re dealing with a global pandemic, social distancing is becoming an important part of practicing safety.

How can lifeguards help?

Lifeguards are there to keep watch over everyone while they’re swimming, hanging out and tanning. With beaches and pools reopening, they’ll enforce social distancing in these ways:

  • Regulating pool capacity
  • Ensuring patrons are spaced out by 6 feet or more
  • Enforcing mask-wearing for facilities that require masks
  • Being there for questions, concerns or comments

Will lifeguards still perform rescues?

Lifeguards will likely still perform rescues, but they may be trained differently this year given COVID-19. Because rescues necessitate closeness between the rescuer and rescuee, lifeguards should be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times.


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