Posts Tagged ‘Lifeguard swimsuits’

Local Lifeguard Shop has moved!

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

WE HAVE MOVED! After 20 years in our old building and 29 years in business we have moved locations to Palm Bay, Florida, just across the beautiful Indian River Lagoon! In early August we made the journey with our sister company, Satellite Screen Printing, moving our offices and warehouse inventory to a new larger space, with an AIR CONDITIONED warehouse (it’s a really big deal here with the Florida humidity)! The office space here is remarkable. After a few bumps in the road, and with our hardworking team, we are almost officially back to normal. The first few weeks here were tough… however, we managed to stay connected and ship all orders! Our cable provider had come to set up our Internet, and the box they needed connection from was empty… surprise, surprise, we were astounded! We established a workaround connection to our old building. That just barely got us by because of the faint connection and our larger team of users. There was also a problem with our phone system, but we found that we could transfer all calls to our cell phones; which was perfect and worked well. We are now scheduled to have fiber within the next week and we will be back to our usual operations! We are so excited for this new adventure and to have improved access to better serve our customers! Fortunate is an understatement. Give us a call if you need anything and please note our new address below!

Water Safety Products Inc.

 

New WSP Building!

 

  • 321-777-7051 x 4
  • 2330 Commerce Park
    Suite 4
    Palm Bay, FL 32905

 

 

WSP Donates to YMCA Water Wise | Learn to Swim

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Water Safety Products and the YMCA of Delaware are already thinking sunshine and summertime 2016!

Joining together to make sure children get an opportunity to learn to swim through the YMCA Water Wise program, Water Safety Products has donated close to 1000 bathing suits for the 2016 season. This will help ensure participants in need will be outfitted for their swim lessons and fun around the pool!

Since 2014 the YMCA Water Wise program has taught 6,671 children from the age of 3-17 to be Water Wise through their swim lesson initiative! Bravo to the YMCA for all their hard work to reduce unintentional drowning through our communities across America.

Water Safety Products is delighted join in their efforts by outfitting the participants for this very important swimming mission. To learn more about the YMCA of Delaware Water Wise program visit: www.ydewaterwise.org

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Lifeguards Without Borders | Show Your Support

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Lifeguards Without Borders has raised funding for missions to countries such as Bangladesh, Uganda, Nicaragua, and now they need your help for more!

How you can you help? Grab some official Lifeguards Without Borders merchandise. A portion of the proceeds for these items will go to the LWB organization helping them to raise money for the next mission: Click here to start shopping. 

Lifeguard Without Borders is a non-profit organization composed of lifeguards and health care professionals who devote their time to international (and domestic) training, development, and research, to lessen the global burden of drowning.

Where are they now? They are also currently in Malaysia for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Penang, Malaysia!!

Proud to be American | Lifeguard Swimsuits and Gear

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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Happy 4th of July Lifeguards! Here at Water Safety Products, Inc we celebrate our patriotism with products and pies! Our Lifeguard swimsuits are made right here in the USA and can be trusted to outlast any other lifeguard suit. Our own Water Safety Products Rescue Tubes are also American made. We take pride in our lifeguard gear and in our country!

Water Safety Products online lifeguard store Made-in-USA product list:

 

Lifeguards Without Borders Apparel

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Have you heard of Lifeguards Without Borders (LWB)? They are a non-profit organization composed of health care professionals and lifeguards who are devoted to doing their part to reduce drowning through domestic and international training programs, development, and research. This band of of lifeguards is guardcore, having conducted trainings in more than 8 countries!

Due to popular demand, Water Safety Products has teamed up with LWB to create a line of lifeguard apparel and accessories for the organization. Visit our website and see our unique collection of Lifeguards Without Borders Apparel, Hats, Shirts, and Gear. A portion of the proceeds from each item sold is passed to Lifeguards Without Borders, so grab a shirt today! It’s a great way for you to show your support.

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Click here to see more LWB Apparel, hats, shirts and other gear.

Click here to visit our online lifeguard store and browse our lifeguard swimsuits, apparel, and gear.

Throwback Thursday: Lifeguard Competition Gear

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Lifeguard throwback! Here’s a shot from the 2008 E&A Regional Lifeguard Championships! We love the purple lifeguard gloves! Can you spot the other lifeguard gear shown in this picture?

Congratulations to these competing lifeguards, as well as the many others who save lives every day! Now we wonder – who will be the next champ?

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Lifeguard Gear shown: Adult BVM, Seal Easy, Laerdal V-Vac Starter Kit, Latex Gloves, Lifeguard Lanyards, Lifeguard Whistles, Swimsuits, Shorts, and more!

Click here to shop our Water Safety Products Online Lifeguard Store

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Product Spotlight: NEW Style 422322 Polarized Guard Sunglasses

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Looking for sunglasses to outfit your team of lifeguards? How about a pair or two to wear as you watch your water? Or even lifeguard incentives? Our Polarized Guard Sunglasses (style 422322) protect your eyes from harmful UV rays while cutting out 99.9% of glare, making it easier for you to see through the waves. These professional lifeguard sunglasses include “Guard” and cross printed on the frame to keep your staff looking sharp all day.

Click here to visit our Water Safety Products lifeguard store to learn more about all of our polarized lifeguard sunglasses for men and women, lifeguard accessories, and other lifeguard apparel.

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What Do Lifeguards Wear in the Winter?

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

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Background

One universal truth of being a lifeguard is that the job has its rewards! Guards can spend their summers watching their water under the warm sun. However, once the summer is over parks can get a bit chilly making it harder for guards to stay alert. That’s why it is up to management to make sure that guards are dressed in attire suitable for cooler weather.

Here at Water Safety Products we have over 25 years of experience selling lifeguard uniforms, apparel, swimsuits and equipment, and get questions every winter about how to keep lifeguards from losing their heat. We’ve combined our knowledge with that of a handful of waterparks from around the world to help you learn more about What lifeguards wear in the winter.

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Headwear

Appropriate headwear is an essential key to staying warm for winter guards. Indoor water parks don’t require hats as frequently, as their temperatures are more consistent (generally in the mid-80s). However, guards can become chilled from lack of activity while on station, and sometimes need to venture out into the cold, making something warmer necessary. We’ve heard from some of our indoor customers that this case makes headwear an excellent incentive/ gift for the guards. Even if your climate is outdoors and usually warmer in the winter, your facility can use winter lifeguard headwear in darker, cooler areas of the park.  Heavier lifeguard headwear such as knit caps and headbands provide an excellent solution for cold outdoor conditions.

We have heard some other interesting alternatives to winter headwear, most coming from central Florida parks and beaches. For example, some guards prefer to layer up using a Moisture Wicking Head Band under their standard uniform hat. This can be an effective way to add flexible and adjustable warmth to your already existing lifeguard hat or visor. One suggestion that impressed us was a knit beanie with a brim, which provides the perfect combination of warmth and sun protection for the lifeguard. In fact, we liked the idea so much that we have added it to our online lifeguard store!

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Tops

Lifeguard uniform tops such as shirts and jackets are the most fundamental piece of the winter uniform. This is traditionally the part of the uniform in which parks invest the most. When the lifeguard is working in a wet and cold environment, it is vital that the chest be kept warm.  All winter operational waterparks, facilities, and beaches use varying combinations of lifeguard uniform apparel such as moisture-wicking shirts, rash guards, lifeguard hoodies, sweat pants, nylon track jackets, or rain jackets. There really isn’t one simple answer for which is best, but the general rule of thumb is to give your guards options for layering.  Combine these options with your summer uniform for the ultimate success in keeping your guards warm.

One of the most universal tops for a lifeguard is a cotton staff tee shirt. This classic style is a great choice at a great price, but there is a more effective modern alternative: moisture-wicking “tech” shirts made of 100% polyester. Investing in this type of splash-resistant clothing with SPF protection allows water to bead off the lifeguard’s shirt. In the summer it provides the benefits of moisture wicking and sun protection; and dry warmth in the winter. It is also suggested as an alternative for swim instructors, as opposed to Lycra based rashguards, which can lose their elasticity with frequent use in chemically treated water.

If you are looking for something more form fitting, rash guards provide warmth as well as sun protection. Thicker vs. thinner versions will keep body temperatures up, and like wet suits, there is a measurable difference.  The thicker the rash guard fabric, the more warmth it will provide.  On another note, pool chemicals eat away at the Lycra material that gives rash guards their stretch. Staff members who spend much of their time in the water, such as shallow water pool guards, swim instructors, and photographers, will experience a shorter life span of their rash guards due to the greater frequency of exposure to chemically-treated water.  Plain and simple – machine wash and dry your rash guard frequently to give it longer life.

A long-time favorite throughout the industry during the winter months is hooded sweatshirts and pants. Excellent for added warmth, they are easy on and off, and they meet a lower price point for winter wear. However, once they get wet, they stay wet. If you have a little more to spend, nylon jackets will be more effective in keeping the guard dry and warm. Heavier duty Jackets with fleece liners, waterproof membranes, or down or synthetic fill are also used by lifeguards, but will come at a higher cost than sweatshirts or windbreakers.

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Bottoms

There has been much discussion as to what lifeguards wear on their upper torsos, but what about the bottom? If you have an answer let us know, because there isn’t much other than board shorts, sweatpants, and windbreaker pants out there. Some parks in Dubai allow their lifeguards to wear longer leggings as a solution for sun protection and added warmth during the winter. In a similar fashion, some beach guards wear fitted spandex athletic pants to stay warm rather than swim trunks and swim suits, and they find that swimming in them is much easier and warmer than the alternatives. One of the indoor water parks we spoke to mentioned that their lifeguards like to wear athletic Under Armor-like compression shorts under their board shorts/bathing suits. This could be an excellent solution to keeping your lifeguards warm if the longer version doesn’t meet your uniform guidelines.

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Footwear

In general, lifeguard uniform buyers struggle to find the appropriate footwear for their guards for a number of reasons. It’s difficult to find something that is waterproof, swim-friendly, slide-friendly, comfortable, and durable. Winter only makes this more difficult because cold and wet shoes can be a real bummer. Guards in indoor parks in the Midwest USA end up bringing luggage to work to store their heavy winter wear because they have to walk through actual snow to get to work! Talk about cold toes!

A unique footwear solution we have heard of came from a facility in central Florida – Rain boots! The winters in Florida can be very unpredictable; one day it’s 80 degrees and sunny, the next it’s 40 and windy. Guards working in shaded slide dispatch points were getting cold feet in the water, so they began to wear rain boots to stay dry. This proved to be an effective solution, and as guards encouraged each other to go out and buy a pair, more guards started wearing them in other locations.

As that rain boots are not the most agile footwear on the market, we asked management if they were concerned with guards having the ability to make a rescue while wearing such bulky shoes. They explained that guards primarily wear them during rotations, and in small water pools, but must remove them when on stand. We suggest providing guards with a thin amphibious lifeguard shoe that can easily move in and out of the boot with ease such as the Water Shoe.

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Other Winter Items

Other ways to keep lifeguards warm in the winter range from ponchos/ rain coats in children’s play areas to 2mm wet suit tops in lazy rivers and catch pools. A unique product we love here at Water Safety Products is the Pack ‘n Go Pullover Jacket, a 100% nylon shell pullover that can be quickly rolled up into a small self-containing pack. A park at one of the hottest places in the world, Dubai, even allows their lifeguards to wear wetsuits while working cleaning pools in the morning, or at FlowRider surfing attractions. A very interesting product we have to share is a wetsuit/rash guard hybrid, such as the Victory Kill the Chill Short Sleeve Neo Jacket with a wetsuit chest and back, and rash guard arms!

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Unique (warm) Services

Keeping your lifeguards warm in the winter isn’t always about buying the best uniform. Sometimes going the extra mile to make your staff smile will help. For example, some water parks that are attached to hotels have easy access to clothes dryers and will dry a lifeguard’s clothing for them if they get wet. Who wouldn’t love to get back a toasty jacket fresh out of the dryer? However, not all parks have access to a dryer, so managers give their guards a chance to change, either by bringing them something warmer or covering for them on stand while they freshen up in the locker rooms. Giving your lifeguards a chance to grab a delicious warm drink such as hot chocolate, tea, or coffee would be the icing on the cake!

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Overview

As you can see, there are various ways to combat the cold in wet environments. Although there is no perfect one size fits all solution to keeping your lifeguards warm, we hope this article and our industry friends have some solutions you can utilize in your own facility. Feel free to browse through our online store for lifeguards to check out our equipment, uniforms, and accessories. Also feel free to call us at 1-800-987-7238 (ext. 4) or email us at info@watersafety.com to give us feedback with regard to winter uniforms, or with any product inquiries you may have.

Thanks for reading, and keep your eye out for more lifeguard uniform articles. Happy, safe holidays! Keeping you warm, from Water Safety Product!

Fun fact: Did you know there are many winter operational water parks all over the world? You can find them in places like Central Florida, Indoor parks in the USA, United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, and more!

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