A common mistake that people make when blowing a whistle, is blowing it just as if they are blowing up an inflatable toy or a balloon. They rely solely on their mouth. The result of this is an overall feeling of lightheadedness and not to mention lifeguard whistle sounds that are soft and not full of the sound and vibrancy that we have come to expect.
When you’re a lifeguard, you have the responsibility to protect people who are swimming in the pool, lake, or ocean that you are guarding. Yes, knowing first aid is important. But it is also crucial to let people know that they are in danger before danger happens. This is why you are given a lifeguard whistle – so that you can grab the attention of the person that you are trying to reach.
Blowing the whistle the right way is key to being an effective lifeguard. Instead of blowing into the whistle using the air in your mouth, you have to bring the air up from your stomach. It might seem a bit difficult, but with a little bit of practice, you’ll get it right. You have to focus on inhaling in deeply, and then blowing into the whistle with the force of your stomach, lungs, and mouth.
The purpose of blowing into a lifeguard whistle using this method isn’t to give you an ab workout. It’s so that the sound that the whistle makes is one that is heard and recognized. This is particularly important when you are the lifeguard for a larger pool or body of water where someone wouldn’t be able to hear you yell or hear a softer volume whistle blow.
Each wind chamber in a whistle is tuned to react to a different frequency which creates a different tone. You can get short, high notes that normally are a quick warning alert. Or, you could get a whopping amount of air from your stomach and blow as hard as possible. This will activate all of the wind chambers in the whistle. The result: a loud, recognizable whistle blow that will be able to warn someone who is far out in the ocean that they are playing out a bit too far.
Learning how to blow a whistle isn’t just something that you should do for fun. As a lifeguard, you’re responsible for keeping people safe. Not blowing a whistle at its full capacity can risk someone not hearing your whistle and potentially getting hurt. Practice blowing a whistle the proper way with the world's loudest lifeguard whistle, the Blarix Lifeguard Whistle.