Other stories by Gary Thill

  • Work With Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has been put through the wringer in the past few months for its initial decision to change — and, in many cases, dramatically raise — pricing for its learn-to-swim programs

  • Worth 1,000 Words

    Turns out what they say about pictures is true

  • Four for the Future

    Last year, I went out on a limb and made predictions about important trends that would shape 2011 for aquatics.

  • 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.