Other stories by Gary Thill

  • End the Cliffhangers

    What is it about the federal government and its determination to throw aquatics a curveball just prior to the opening weekend of swim season? Last year, it was the confounding, confusing recall of drain covers that forced many facilities to remain closed and cost the industry still more money to...

  • Goodbye, Hello

    I’ve written a lot of columns in my nearly 10 years as editor of

  • VGBA DéjàVu

    Lately, I’ve been having a serious case of déjà vu, that uncanny, eerie feeling that you’ve been there before.

  • The Aquatics X Factor

    The email came with an air of desperation, but also, it turns out, the seeds of inspiration.

  • On Guard? 

    Imagine the worst case scenario at an aquatics facility. If you’re like most professionals, that probably ends with a drowning death

  • The Recall: Really!?!

    That’s the name of a popular “Saturday Night Live” skit in which “anchor” Seth Meyers reports the latest news of the day with incredulous skepticism and disgust.

  • Drain Cover Recall Leaves Questions, Confusion

    Aquatics professionals were left scrambling in the wake of a pre-Memorial Day weekend federal recall of approximately 1 million drain covers — and wondering about timing and cost of the action.

  • CPSC Issues Massive Drain Cover Recall

    Editor’s Note: Aquatics International will continue to update this story as it develops. Please check back regularly for updates.

  • Stop the Smear

    Even before I became editor of

  • Clean Up VGB

    Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.