In 2018, the RNLI International team approached Red Paddle Co. They asked us to help bridge the gap between their desire to address the global drowning epidemic and the limitations that conventional lifeguard rescue boards placed on their success. They had the skills and organisational motivation to deliver the much-needed lifeguarding training in developing countries with severe drowning issues, but traditional hard rescue boards held them back.
In collaboration with the RNLI Lifeguarding team, we produced our first Inflatable rescue board to help the delivery of their lifesaving outreach programmes in Bangladesh and Zanzibar.
This required extensive research into existing solutions, expert interviews, competitive evaluation, product critical analysis and first-hand experience. A thorough and lengthy process which we continue to undertake as we further develop our range of high-performing inflatable rescue equipment.