With LifeBoard, bathers are better prepared to prevent drowning accidents.
When accidents are stopped quickly, the risk of permanent injury and hospitalisation of victims of near-drowning is reduced.
Lifebuoy on the beach?
Slow swimming speed Can be thrown 5-10 meters Has buoyancy to only one person Lacking safety strap: can be lost in waves Rescue stations and ropes take too long to prepare! (2-3 minutes) 40% of beachgoers will use a lifebuoy in a rescue attempt
LifeBoard for comparison
Twice the speed of swimming Has buoyancy for multiple people Have safety strap: can not be lost in waves Takes about 10 seconds to prepare 80% of beachgoers will use our equipment in a rescue attempt
Our rescue equipment is implemented with several features, which together increase the safety of the civilian rescuer and the distressed.
Handle &buoyancy to stabilize both rescues and a distressed one. Larger front handles to avoid direct contact between a public rescuer and a distressed swimmer.
Sealing that discourages abuse and theft of LifeBoard®.
Safety leash that ensures that a civilian rescuer is attached and does not lose the LifeBoard and their flotation.
LifeBoard can be used by anyone who deems it necessary to perform a public rescue. We encourage to alert local emergency services before a rescue attempt and never to go out in water conditions you are not comfortable swimming in. Always bring a flotation device and keep distance to distressed persons in the water.
Is LifeBoard safe to use?Mikkel9/2021-28T13:38:24+01:00
LifeBoard is designed with special care to provide life-critical buoyancy to rescuers and those in need:
• The safety strap ensures that the equipment is not lost
• 9 handles to stabilize more people in need
• Foam-filled core ensures buoyancy even if damaged to plastic shell
According to leading research from Surf Life Saving Australia, 97% of all fatal drowning accidents occured in rescue attempts without the use of a flotation agent. They recognise flotation as a critical element for both rescuer- and rescuees safety.
Is LifeBoard easy to use?Mikkel9/2021-22T13:58:18+01:00
LifeBoard is made with the goal that it should be usable by everyone. LifeBoard is designed for and tested by 100+ civilian users with different water skills, gender, age and background. We have continuously optimized based on these tests, and can therefore safely say that everyone can figure out how to use the equipment. The average user can prepare our rescue equipment in 5-10 seconds, saving several minutes compared to more complex life stations with lifebuoy, line and vest.
Is it easy to keep your balance and paddle on a LifeBoard?Mikkel9/2021-22T13:58:57+01:00
Our rescue equipment is designed in a size that is easy to handle and at the same time wide and stable to lie on. The non-slip rubber tracktion pad indicates where to lie. Good swimmers and surfers quickly find balance in the middle of the board, place the nose of the board in the water surface and paddle with arms and legs. Less experienced swimmers spend 2-3 seconds finding the balance. If the balance is challenged, users usually opt to hold onto a handle and use the legs to balance and give propulsion. Common to experienced and inexperienced rescuers is that the swimming speed increases and exhaustion decreases compared to swimming with a lifebuoy.
Can LifeBoard be used in waves?Mikkel9/2021-24T09:38:42+01:00
LifeBoard provides life-critical buoyancy regardless of water conditions. However, it is especially efficient and fast in flat water or smaller waves, which allow you to lie on the board and paddle. In areas with large waves, we encourage the local rescue service to help examine the coastline, accident profile adequacy of public rescue equipment. We encourage rescuers to assess their abilities and refrain from entering unfamiliar surf conditions. The LifeBoard may be easiest to drag behind the rescuer, untill through the surf zone where one can lie stable on the board. An experienced surfer or swimmer will have better success in navigating, paddling or diving through the waves. An inexperienced swimmer, regardless of equipment, will be challenged to reach a distressed swimmer in large waves. However, a LifeBoard offers floatation to an exhausted rescuer who may rest on the board during the rescue attempt. In this way, the risk of escalating the accident is reduced, as a failed rescue attempt in waves will often simply mean that a tired rescuer is washed to shore by the waves.
Can rescue equipment escalate drowning accidents?Mikkel9/2021-22T13:59:42+01:00
There is no evidence of this – quite the contrary!
We have asked bathers on beaches with lifebuoys, no rescue equipment and with LifeBoard; what they would do if they saw a drowning accident 100 metres from shore. About 80% said they would alert other bathers, or emergency services first. About 60% of beachgoers say they would carry out a rescue attempt in the water, whether there is a lifebuoy, a LifeBoard or no equipment on the beach. This suggest that rescue equipment doesn't make beachgoers feel inappropriately pressured to make a rescue attempt.
Is LifeBoard stolen or misused?Mikkel9/2021-22T14:00:02+01:00
The public respects LifeBoard! Despite the fact that theft and vandalism are a frequent concern, we have yet to experience vandalism of a LifeBoard. We attribute GPS tracking a deterring effect, since we at LifeBoard can monitor and track all equipment.
Can LifeBoard be used in harbours or on boats?Mikkel9/2021-22T14:00:25+01:00
We do not recommend that LifeBoard be used at the harbour edge or at sea, where it is usually a case of falls or 'man overboard'. However, LifeBoard can be used in harbour baths and areas with activities on the water.
When should I choose a LifeBoard over a lifebuoy?Mikkel9/2021-24T11:54:22+01:00
LifeBoard is designed for areas with swimming or recreational activities on water, such as beaches and lakes. Falling into water is less likely here and the lifebuoy's range of throws of about 5-10 metres is often insufficient, as many bathing activities take place farther from shore.
Looking at our survey, this showed that there is a big difference in how they would use the rescue equipment or other buoyancy in question. 4/10 would use buoyancy during a rescue on beaches with lifebuoys against 8/10 on beaches with LifeBoard. This equates to 3 times fewer high-risk rescues, without buoyancy, on beaches with LifeBoard.
Assess your beach risk profile to match the right rescue equipment. If you are unsure of your choice, please feel free to contact us for non-binding advice.
How much does LifeBoard cost?Mikkel9/2021-24T11:57:09+01:00
Our rescue board and its service are constantly evolving, as is pricing. Our ambition is to make a better product at prices that are competitive with the current coastal lifesaving stations.
You can receive applicable prices by contacting us
Is LifeBoard worth the cost?Mikkel9/2021-24T12:00:42+01:00
A fatal drowning accident occurs on average every 15 minutes in Europe. This costs relatives an unbearable loss and society up to 4,000,000 EUR – for every single death. Rescue equipment is like an insurance policy; you hope never to need it. However, if the equipment is used for a lifesaving action just once, it will be worth its own weight in gold.
If an accident occurs without safety measures, a cut on rescue equipment will stand as a very unfortunate decision.
Where there is water, there is a risk of drowning accidents and even harmlessly looking water can lead to accidents with inattention. LifeBoard makes a effective and visible effort for safety, which is available 24 hours a day. LifeBoard increases the success rate of rescue operations and increases the safety of a rescue attempt.