Rescue boards are one of the most heavily used pieces of equipment in any rescue fleet – in fact, roughly 50% of RNLI Beach Lifeguard rescues on the water (in the UK) are carried out using this versatile piece of kit*. Red Rescue inflatable water rescue boards offer ultimate versatility and are the perfect addition to any rescue fleet. Setting them up correctly so they are ready for fast and effective deployment is important. In this blog we take you through how to get the best performance out of your board….
1. Inflate your board to 1 PSI
2. Insert your RSS stiffening battens
3. Inflate to double chamber capacity (5-10psi)
4. Inflate to operational pressure on single chamber and add fin (18-22psi)
Your Red Rescue boards can be stored inflated or packed in their bags. If storing for long periods of time without use (2 months or more). It is best to store the boards deflated or inflated on a solid flat surface.
A Note On Your Pump
Our Titan 2 Pump system is exclusive to Red. It pumps out air at up to 60mph and allows you to easily inflate your board in half the time of alternative pump systems. It is a dual chamber pump, which means that when the resistance gets too high, you can switch down to one chamber to squeeze in those all-important PSI that gives unrivalled performance.
To protect smaller muscle groups and keep lifeguards in tip-top physical condition, the pump is not dual-action (pumping on the way up as well as down), as this increases strain on your back whilst pumping and significantly increases the chance of injury. No one wants the equivalent of a kettlebell work out before a long paddling session.
Step 1 – Inflate your board to 1 psi
You need to get some air into the board so that you can insert the battens into the rails. Here is how you get started:
- Make sure the centre pin on your valve is in the upright position – if it is locked down, all the air will come back out when you remove the hose and you will have to start again.
- Attach the hose to your rescue board and begin inflation. At this point, you want the red Isolation Switch (on the side of the pump) pointing backwards so you are using both chambers.
- You don’t want to put much air in yet, just enough so that the board ‘pops out’ and takes shape. This should take around 80 strokes on the pump, bringing the board roughly to 1 psi – the gauge will not register properly at pressure this low. The board should be soft enough than you can easily squeeze it with your hand still.