Guard Roles

Guard signals are vital for lifeguarding, whether it's at a beach or a pool. The loud environment, and the need to communicate quickly and clearly, has created a need for signals. For swimming pools lifeguards usually use whistle and hand signals. But for waterfront they may also use flags, as well as communicate by mega phones, loud speakers, or even walkie-talkies.

In order for signals to be effective they must be easy to understand, and easy to use. Although there is no standardized set of signals, the ones below are quite common. All signals should accompany whether it's a major or minor, and the signal for that emergency (if such a signal exists).

Whistle and Hand Signals for Minors and Majors

Hand Signals for Specific Conditions

Don't forget to use the most obvious tool for communicating - your voice!!