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A place where a lifeguard is on duty Edit or translate this description.
Group: Emergency
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Status: in use


A lifeguard is a rescuer who supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants such as in a swimming pool, water park, beach or river.


Some people are mapping unspecific lifeguard features as emergency=lifeguard.

Tag a node at the permanent location of towers or platforms, or draw as an area around a base. Add the tag emergency=lifeguard_tower for a tower with lifeguards, or emergency=lifeguard_platform for a platform used by lifeguards or emergency=lifeguard_base for a lifeguard base. If you want to tag that a feature has lifeguards or an area is supervised by lifeguards, add lifeguard=yes.

See also

Main lifeguard building. Used for storing medical and rescue equipment, vehicles and/or boats, and as a communications centre and administration office.
Permanent elevated structure from which lifeguards watch and supervise swimmers. Usually contains first aid and communications equipment.
Permanent platform used by lifeguards to watch and supervise swimmers. It is not as high as a tower and usually doesn't have walls or a roof.

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