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The different kinds of lifeguard stations.




Lifeguards can survey bodies of water from different types of stations. Elevated stations are some of the most effective because the height gives a good vantage point of everybody in the water. Facilities that require only one lifeguard is where these elevated stations can be used the most effectively since they have the entire body of water in their vision. Ground-level stations are fixed on a deck or shallow water. These are commonly used in water parks at the ends of water slides, water play areas, and in pools meant for children. Ground-level stations are perfect for these areas because it is easier to assist patrons and give orders. Roving stations are when lifeguards walk around their assigned zone and are assisting another lifeguard on an elevated station. These are used when the water becomes unusually crowded and the lifeguard on station needs help with their coverage. Floating stations are put in waterfront facilities and are placed in the water to have easier access in larger bodies of water. They are usually located on the edges of the water and on floatation devices like a rescue board, kayak, or flat-bottom rowboat.





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