How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s the year 2000(or whatever year it is), why don’t I have my flying car yet?” We all have that frustration now and again, the frustration that comes with the realization that the device that would make our lives so much easier hasn’t been invented yet. Still, there are so many new and innovative inventions coming out every day, it seems. And some of these amazing devices are aimed at saving our lives. Outdoor sports enthusiasts who gravitate around the water might be well served to read this post, as it’s full of new stuff to save you from drowning.
Queensland, Australia is home to some very popular recreational beaches. Local lifeguards have their work cut out for them as thousands of visitors flock to the shore every day. Luckily, a new addition to the lifesaving tools has been added, one that will surely save lives. The SeaBob is a dive scooter that can submerge to depths of up to five meters while cruising at a top speed of 20 knots. This means rescuers can reach drowning victims they normally wouldn’t be able to reach. The scooters are currently in the test mode, so here’s to hoping they make the grade.
Stand up paddleboarding is an old sport that just in the last few years has taken off in popularity. It seems everyone is into SUP from celebrities to kids to seniors. In the past, SUP was a leisurely and relatively safe way to enjoy the water. Now, with the Ten foot rescue SUP board, all that has changed. The advantages of SUP for rescue are many. First, lifeguards can hover over a dangerous spot, or in a busy area where it’s difficult to keep track of everyone. And it offers a floating platform for exhausted swimmers to rest.
Drones have been getting a lot of bad press, what with the FAA declaring that even hobbyists need to register theirs because of interference with commercial jets. However, not all drones are evil. Thanks to groups like S.W.A.R.M. (Search With Aerial Rc Multi-rotor), volunteers are using drones to search and rescue missing persons. Their primary mission is to offer and provide multi-rotor (drone) and fixed wing aerial search platforms for ongoing Search and Rescue operations at no cost to the SAR organization or to the family.
We live in a world of apps. Sorry for going to that old commercial tagline, but there’s an app for that. In this case, ‘that’ is water safety. Search the web and you’ll find all sorts of apps that deal with weather forecasting and storm warnings. One app I found particularly interesting is the Riptide app. The smartphone app, for Blackberry, Android and iOS, will track real-time rip current threats entered into the data system by lifeguards who patrol the coast.