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  • Home Made

    As the end of summer approached, the prospect of filling the indoor pool weekday lifeguard shifts from 5 a.m until 4 p.m. loomed like a harbinger of doom.

  • Going Deep

    Deep-water exercise has been well-documented as a viable alternative to shallow-water and land-based fitness training.

  • Balance of Power

    What we generally refer to today as the “core,” Joseph Pilates called the “powerhouse.”

  • Angels and Demons

    I’d been in aquatics for what I considered to be a long time and had just taken a job at a great new facility

  • Thirst for Solutions

    Headlines around the world call attention to global warming, drought conditions, carbon footprint reduction and going “green.

  • Suspicious Behavior

    Each year, I provide awareness training to new and returning lifeguards to help them become aware of potential sex offenders

  • Jacket Required

    Over the years, I have experienced a great deal of criticism from guests, and even fellow waterpark managers, for our policies requiring life jackets for younger guests.

  • Water Gate

    During a warm, sunny winter day, I heard a radio call from my guard at the top of the slide to the guard at the run-out.

  • Locked Out

    I have been teaching swimming for more than 30 years. I thought I had this swim lesson thing down until a 4-year-old made me realize I still have much to learn.

  • Losing Focus?

    Recently we conducted a study of nine public pools in North Carolina. It reveals where managers need to focus on accidents, rescues and overall safety in their in-service training.