More stories about History

  • In the First Person: Transforming the Waterscape

    In 1973, we started a pool construction company and eventually began doing commercial pools. There really weren’t any waterparks to speak of at the time.

  • Safety Dance

    In the past 25 years, the aquatics industry progressed from addressing basic safety issues to fine-tuning and tackling back-burner-type hazards that had not yet received widespread attention.

  • In the First Person: Tackling Entrapment

    The first entrapment case that I was involved in was in June 1974.

  • Healing Waters

    The concept of aquatic therapy is as old as the earliest recorded history, making the last quarter century nothing but blink of an eye. But what a blink.

  • In the First Person: Changing with the Times

    Clayton D. Shuck of South Suburban Parks and Recreation shares his lifeguarding experiences.

  • The Rise of RWIs

    In the summer of 1988 — the year Aquatics International first went to press — 44 people who had visited a Los Angeles swimming pool were afflicted with a gastrointestinal illness characterized by watery diarrhea, severe cramps and fever.

  • In the First Person: Keeping Pools Safe

    I was a pool technician at 14 years old and a lifeguard at 15.

  • History Lesson

    In 1988, Ronald Reagan was still in the White House and a first-class stamp cost 24 cents.

  • Goodbye, Hello

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

  • Bruce Wigo

    They say you’ve got to understand where you’ve been to get where you’re going, and Bruce Wigo strives to do just that