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Date Posted:03/18/2019 03:39:18Copy HTML

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4216136/thong-bikini-lifeguard-uniform-sexist-gijon-spain/


I would happily work in that uniform. I hope the male lifeguards also get this uniform option.

tiggerix #1

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/19/2019 11:14:19Copy HTML

They had the same type of swimsuit - think Baywatch - south of Barcelona when we were there a couple of years ago. The most impressive thing was the (female) lifeguards stamina in carrying out a rescue in windy / choppy conditions. The swimsuit in the pictures isn't a thong, it just rides up and some girls seem happy to wear them that way. The male lifeguards wore shorts and it seemed the girls had shorts as well - just a lot easier to swim without the bulk and drag. hey-ho.
gw32 #2

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/19/2019 04:28:50Copy HTML

IMO what is sexist is that the men aren't issued similar suits. It continues to baffle me that "accepted" is women in almost completely bare butts and men in shorts. Its across the board, too: at the beach, in sports (basketball, track & field, volleyball, etc), general public, yoga studios, the gym, and so on. Even stuff like wetsuits - I've seen the long-sleeved, full torso wetsuits on the free divers and snorkelers where the men's go to mid-thigh or longer and women's are a very bare cheeky-style. Its a little bizarre.
JM_Runs #3

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/19/2019 04:40:13Copy HTML

Instead of "issuing" suits the solution is to allow people to wear what they want, within reason. There is always some media or blogger who is shocked, just SHOCKED, at someones swimsuit, while attacking views and likes by posting pictures of the shocking suit. There seems to be an entire internet business based on outrage, wardrobe mishaps, and pointing out who was kissing whom on what far of tropical beach. I think we just ignore such childish nonsense, as we do claims that Aliens abducted people for kinky sex in the sky.
Thonged4Life #4

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/19/2019 06:12:03Copy HTML

Well said JM, well said.
Mary0826 #5

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/20/2019 03:15:38Copy HTML

I think it is funny that lifeguards that are often called on to be the "swimsuit police", now are being told that they and their swimwear are being policed -- perhaps by those who they used to make swimsuit determinations about. There have been many times when male lifeguards have not been allowed to wear what they wanted and/or cover up since their swimsuits did not meet the "standards" required of them. The tables may have turned! How do you feel being criticized and perhaps even forced to wear something less flattering, slower drying, or less comfortable just because you are a lifeguard or a specific gender. Male lifeguards and even some women life savers have often had to buckle under the swimsuit rules for no reason other than it is what someone decided was appropriate for them. Come on people. The fit of a swimsuit, except for issues of hampering swimming abilities should have nothing to do with the quality of lifeguard protection any person can provide. If the dress code is there to insure quick identity, then have the lifeguards wear badges and lifeguard shirts. (I think the on-again off-again popularity of lifeguard shirts should not be tolerated in locations where confusion might result -- such as swimming pools, the beach, etc.) These "fake" lifeguard probably could present a more dangerous situation than any clothing choice for the lifeguard could ever result in. Let all people -- even the lifeguards -- wear what they want, as long as it is legal! This might make the lifeguards happier and I think it has been proven over and over again that a happy work force will generally out-perform an unhappy one.
tiggerix #6

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/20/2019 11:08:03Copy HTML

Nah - don't agree with allowing lifeguards to wear what they want - a distinctive uniform is incredibly helpful - and it's a bonus when the girls wear cheeky suits or allow them to become so. Yes, I also think that the male lifeguards could wear swim briefs - but given current trends, the best we are likely to see is shorter shorts - and that is generally what the guys (lifeguards) seem to wear in Spain.
ithongit #7

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/20/2019 05:46:46Copy HTML

At one local pool, male and female lifeguards have some liberty to wear what they want. The men can wear swim shorts with not more than about a three inch inseam, a Speedo type brief, a Rio with about the same coverage in front as the Speedo, or even a thong (again with the same coverage in front as a Speedo brief. The men's lifeguards must he solid bright red. A shirt is mandatory for the men. It should be a waist-length T-shirt. It must cover the entire top of the swimsuit when standing or sitting (not too short). It can not be longer than the shorts requirement (not too long). Also acceptable is a tank top of the same length, or an open-side shirt. All shirts must have a LIFEGUARD logo on both the front and rear in red, with the shirt background being white. Open side shirts must show the entire logo. With the exception of the open-side shirts, the edges of all clothing must be seamed and neat looking. Women can wear a Speedo-type one-piece swimsuit in solid bright red. They can also wear a bikini bottom, a cheeky bottom, or a thong bottom. All bottoms must be solid red. No lifeguards can wear swimwear such as G-strings that are more extreme than a conservative thong. Women must wear swimwear tops in a matching red color to their swimsuit or shorts bottoms. Over the swimwear top, a shirt is mandatory for the women. Shirts are also mandatory for the men. It can be a T-shirt, tank top, or open side shirt. It can not be too long or too short and must be white with the lifeguard logo in red letters on the front and the back. Men and women with long hair may wear a red or white bathing cap, or tie their hair back if it is over six inches long. Uniform hats are available for those who want them. Neither sex may have more than four visible pieces of pierced jewelry which can be two ear rings in each ear, two ear rings in one ear and a one nose ring, or other pierced piece of jewelry which can normally be seen. In no event can a lifeguard wear more than a total of four pieces of visible pierced jewelry no matter how it is distributed. What is amazing is that the "look" of the various combinations of clothing are quite similar and present a almost uniform (pun intended) look. At least one day a week is a "casual" day, and the lifeguards may choose somewhat different styles, but only one lifeguard can be on duty at any time in a non-standard outfit. Even on casual days, the shirt requirements remain in effect. Casual days are days when longer board shorts or skimpier swimwear, cropped tops, and other styles can be worn. No lifeguard can wear something on casual days that a patron could not wear. The lifeguards realize that they are being given a lot more freedom than other lifeguards in the area, and are self-regulating. They have occasionally made changes to their rules (like permitting cheeky swimwear on ladies and Rio suits on men), and also must log and deal with complaints about their outfits, and report their findings to the "Y" management. In 2017 they had one complaint. At no time may the male or female lifeguards go topfree, or wear street cloths. Randy worked for years at this "Y". While he was there, these rules were developed. In addition to their outfits, people know who the lifeguards are from other equipment they used or carry around). Traci
beachstrapguy #8

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/21/2019 02:17:11Copy HTML

As a lifeguard at a very large public acquatic facility including a 50m pool in Florida, our unform is blue board shorts for the guys, with a white t-shirt or tanktop in the summer.  Both having identifying markings signifying "lifeguard".


(In my opinion, Board Shorts should never be worn for rescuing swimmers.  I think they are. bulky and cause a lot of drag, especially while one is trying to swim another person to safety.  Time is of the utmost importance in critical situation. Getting to the victom and getting them back to safety should be as fast as possible.  Its especially the case when bring somebody up 12 feet from the bottom and backboarding them in the water, and you have all that excess material sloshing back and forth to deal with.  They serve some type of purpose on a waxed surfboard to keep the leg hairs from getting pulled, but thats even debatable as far as I'm concerned.)

 

We are not required to wear the shirt, but most of us do for added sun protection.  We rotate every 1/2 hour with a break about every 2 hours.  On our breaks we generally eat, sleep, or swim/train in whatever we want, uniform or speedo....

On one occasion, I was finished with my shift and decided to swim before going home. I changed into a speedo and after a while my boss stopped me and asked if I'd clock back in for a couple of hours, since a couple of guards didn't show up for work that afternoon.  I said sure, got my tube, and started walking back and forth guarding my area. So 5 min later, my boss came up and said, that he would take over for a couple of minutes so I could go change into my board shorts.  I told him that I was fine staying the way I was.  He left.  Then, 5 min later he came back and said that he put an extra pair of shorts in the office and I could go change real fast.  I insisted that I had no problem staying the way I was. He left again.  Sure enough, he came back in about 10 min, and asked if I didn't feel comfortable.  Again, I repeated that, I prefered to stay that way.  I guess he finally got the message.  Never was real sure what his issue was.  Unlike him, I have maintained my body in pretty good shape,  and have maintained the same weight the past 55 years. I'm pretty sure he thought I was somewhat indecent.  fHe is about 150 lbs overweight and wears board shorts almost down to his ankles, and they look like a dress.  I'd like to see him try to save somebody in those things.



Mary0826 #9

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/21/2019 06:13:55Copy HTML

Mr. BeachStrapGuy.  Randy (I thongit's husband who teaches life guards) is in total agreement that board shorts are the stupidest thing a lifeguard can wear.  He talks about it all the time when he sees fellow lifeguards who have to where them all the time. He also points out that the most dangerous times a lifeguard has is when they rescue a semi or fully conscious person.   It is not  usually like on TV where the victim accepts the help with opened arms and calms down and lets the lifeguard do his thing.  Instead the victim is often confused, and may think the lifeguard is trying to drown him or her.  These people can also fight to get out of the water on anything available, including the lifeguard.  Training can only go so far, and the victim, who is running on adrenaline and poor logic can at times squirm around and do their own thing -- regardless of what instructions may be given to them or how the lifeguard tries to restrain them. It is like giving most cats medicine.  The cat hates doing it and will do everything in it's power to get away.  Randy has been bitten, pushed under the water, and punched by scared victims.  Wearing board shorts is like putting an extra handle or two on the lifeguard -- something that can be used against them by a panicking person.  Some experts also say lifeguards should wear their hair short, but Randy does not follow this bit of advice since he loves his long hair so much.  This worries Traci sometimes. Your incident with the manager reminds me of what happened to him, but he had different results.  Traci has told this story a number of times over the last 13 years that I have been on this message board.  Sorry if you have read it before. It was Memorial Day and the outdoor pool where Randy was a lifeguard and taught swimming was opened for the first time of the season after extensive remodeling and landscaping.  Everyone was there, including us.  One of the lifeguards got ill (too many bad fish tacos I think) and had to leave.  The manager would have had to close the pool until they found a replacement.  Randy's cell phone rang, and the female manager (who was new to the area from Florida) ask if he could fill in for the sick person.  He said sure, knowing how the patrons would be upset if they had to go home. He explained that he was already at the pool and would go in to get his stuff right away.  Traci and Randy were wearing thong swimwear, which was okay on the customers.  Randy had on a red Speedo thong which was pretty conservative as his thongs went.  He went in to gather his stuff and change, but stopped at the managers office on his way to the locker room to talk for a moment with the new manager before changing.   He told her that he would be ready in no time at all, since all he had to do was put on his lifeguard shorts and T-shirt.  The manager looked at him, had him turn around, and said "what you have on is okay.  You are wearing a swimsuit after all and some of the other male lifeguards go shirtless." or something to that effect.  Randy spent the rest of the day, and then the rest of the summer in his thongs whenever he had to work at the facility in a pool related position. Later he wore his thongs in Winter at the indoor pool, and eventually he became manager of the "Y", a position he thought he would like but took too much time and effort, and was way too political for his tastes.  He kept working as a lifeguard and swimming and diving instructor for many years, and still substitutes from time to time.

beachstrapguy #10

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:03/21/2019 04:27:56Copy HTML

Mary

I agree totally with Randy.

Its pretty much the manager's call, I guess.  I think about stripping the board shorts off with speedo underneith for rescues, but it could potentially end up a liability issue.

I teach almost everyday at another public pool under the supervision of the same governemental unit.

At that pool, I often wear a speedo, the rest of the time I'm in jammers.  There is never a mention about my suit.


However, the manager of the other pool often stops by as he is kind of over both pools.  When he sees me in my speedo, he kind of looks at me dissaprovingly, but has restrained his comments.


I have noticed that the Ft Lauderdale guards in the past 3-4 years have pretty much switched from speedos to board shorts.  They kind of change around during the daytime, but mostly see them in board shorts.  I think the whole modesty thing is way out of proportion.  Parents fear that the world is filled with perverts that are ready to attack every child they see.  It used to be just females that were over protected, but now it is males also.  

MNluvthongs #11

Re:Skimpy thong bikini lifeguard uniform slammed as sexist

Date Posted:05/20/2019 03:41:50Copy HTML

That is NOT a thong. I think they are called scrunchies or Brazil cut but not a thong.
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