Proper lifeguard positioning -­‐ it's simple physics

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  • These examples use a 5'8" lifeguard with the chair positioned with the lifeguard's toes 6" from the edge of the pool deck. Positioning the chair closer to the pool edge creates problems with normal entry and exit activities.
  • Positioning the chair farther away from the pool edge reduces angle α thus reducing the portion of the pool bottom visible. Lifeguards shorter than 5'8" may have shorter torsos; that will reduce angle α and the portion of the pool boKom visible. The examples assumes a lifeguard-­‐ready position, e.g., leaning slightly forward in the lifeguard chair.
  • Slouching, lounging back, or even sitting straight up in the chair reduces angle α and the amount of pool bottom visible.

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