Finding money for facility upgrades is easier if you plan ahead for
them in the operating budget.
One way is to use an "invisible employee," says Mick Nelson of USA
Swimming, Colorado Springs, Colo. "Set aside a median salary for a
head lifeguard every single pay period and pay it into an escrow
account for capital improvements and repair.”
Or consider creating a “Friends of the Pool” list for
donations. “A lot of people and businesses are willing to
donate things like life jackets if you ask,” says Alison
Osinski of Aquatic Consulting Services, San Diego.
“Donors can be sponsors of pool lanes, leisure equipment or
relaxation areas. Other organizations do this—you can be the
‘grandparent’ of a polar bear at the zoo by making a