Lifeguard Whistles

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Lifeguard Whistles

Whether at the beach or local swimming pool, a lifeguard on duty makes everyone feel safe in the water, and the lifeguard whistle is their most essential tool. If you find yourself wondering "Where can I find lifeguard whistles near me?", then you've come to the right place. SwimOutlet provides a large selection of lifeguard equipment for every budget you need: lifeguard chairs, lifeguard bags and first aid kits, and no matter where you are, we are only one click away!


For the Best Lifeguard Whistles, Say No Peas Please!


Pick up your average whistle, and you'll probably feel something rattling inside. That small round bit of plastic, often called a pea, is placed in the chamber to create a narrow airway that produces a shrill sound more easily when blown. However, that little pea can get stuck when moisture, dirt, or sand enter the mix, causing the whistle to fail. This makes such whistles unreliable in emergencies, and unsuitable for lifeguards.


At SwimOutlet, we only offer top quality solid-state whistles. This means whistles with no moving parts, that won't jam in a pinch, and that can be blown immediately after being fully submerged. Fox 40 pioneered the design, and we carry their expansive product line. For the more budget conscious lifeguard, we also carry the KEMP Bengal60 whistle that utilizes the same reliable technology for a lower price.


Pick a Color, Any Color


While lifeguards shouldn't have peas in their whistles, it doesn't mean they have to swear off green entirely. Our whistle selection includes a wide array of color options, from high visibility red, to sleek black and cute pink. 


It's important to note that different lifeguard programs may assign lifeguard whistle meanings based on color. For instance, one popular convention uses green whistles to denote novices, while red whistles are for veterans. Red cross lifeguard whistles sport distinctive red, white, and black coloration, so members should stick to those shades to be identifiable. 


Lanyards and Flex Coils and Rings, Oh My!


When most people think of a lifeguard, they imagine a whistle hanging from their neck on a lanyard. That classic image is now joined by secured flex coils on the wrist, or worn on the fingers using fixed or adjustable finger grips. Even the lanyards come in different styles. Retractable, breakaway, or floating variants can all be found among our selection. 


The whistles themselves have different form factors as well. SwimOutlet carries basic plastic designs alongside whistles with thermoplastic coatings for improved grip and mouth-feel. We even carry electronic whistles activated by the press of a button, making them a hygienic option for sharing among multiple users.


With a SwimOutlet+ yearly membership, you'll gain access to our best prices and members only benefits. Get the first pick of new whistles or anything else you need to round out your lifeguard kit for only $4.99 a year. Need to buy a lot at once? Membership grants you free 2-day shipping on orders of $150 or greater.

How many decibels is a lifeguard whistle?

Very loud! Typically, a lifeguard whistle is 110-115 dB on the low end, and 120 dB on the high end. To put that into perspective, the siren on an ambulance is also 115 dB - if you're standing right next to it. As for 120 dB, it's akin to a clap of thunder!

What are the lifeguard whistle signals?

The length and number of times that a lifeguard blows their whistle communicates vital information to swimmers and other emergency personnel. The most common signals are:

1 short whistle: This is meant to gain the attention of members of the public. Whether to tell a kid to stop running at the pool, or a beach goer not to swim out past a marked point, a single whistle is used to warn against or interrupt dangerous behavior.

2 short whistles: When an event occurs that is serious enough for the lifeguard to leave their chair to intervene or investigate directly, 2 short whistles are blown to alert other lifeguards to the situation.

3 short whistles: This is the signal for an emergency situation, calling all hands to assist. This is the most dire signal, as it often means that someone has been seriously injured, or is in an otherwise life threatening situation.

What are the red things that lifeguards carry?

That red tube on a rope is called a rescue tube. It isn't always red, but it will always sport a high visibility coloration. The tube is made of plastic and is hollow inside, allowing it to serve as a floatation device that a struggling swimmer can cling to. The lifeguard can also use it to assist with buoyancy when they need to swim an incapacitated person to shore.

What does 3 whistles mean in lifeguarding?

As mentioned in the previous answer, when the whistle is blown 3 times it means that a serious emergency is taking place. If someone is drowning, has suffered a grave injury, or has their life in jeopardy in any way, 3 whistles will alert all emergency personnel to take immediate action.