Lifeguard towers are utilized by many beach lifeguard agencies, to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of their lifeguards. These towers are often constructed 10-15 feet above ground in order to allow the life guards increased line of sight. This elevated position allows lifeguards to see over obstructive objects such as beach umbrellas, canopies, and other distractions. This high up position also allows life guards to better identify rip currents and other possible hazards.
Another advantage is its visibility to the public. Because the life guard tower stands out on a beach, it allows the public to know exactly where lifesavers are located. This gives the public a sense of security because in case of an emergency they know where to easily find lifeguard personnel.
Lifeguarding is not milk and honey and the lifeguard tower also helps to prevent life guards from fatiguing in their draining environment. Lifeguard towers provide life guards with shade and also protect them from wind and in very rare cases, rain.
These life guard towers are extensively equipped with lifesaving and medical gear. The lifesaving equipment generally consists of several lifeguard buoys, lifeguard paddleboard, tow rope, signs, binoculars, extra sets of rescue fins, and communication devices (phone and/or radio). The tower’s medical equipment typically consists of a full first aid kit, oxygen kit, backboard, and occasionally an AED. This vast array of equipment allows lifeguards to be fully prepared to respond to aquatic and medical emergencies.