Lessons Learned

  • Get Personal

    A host at a mountain resort with a swimming area takes the right approach to defuse a confrontation

     
  • Beyond Words

    An aquatics facility operator learns the value of customer feedback

     
  • Expect the Unexpected

    When dealing with unhappy clients, an aquatics director learns that a little communication can go a long way in finding solutions.

     
  • The Importance of Being Andy

    An aquatics manager learns that working with overeager newbies requires a gentler approach

     
  • Go with the Flow

    By being flexible, these aquatic professionals won back customers - and more

     
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    Creating Pool Schedules

    Aquatic directors need to create pool schedules that meet their communities' needs.

     
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    What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen?

    Not thinking through decisions can have expensive consequences

     
  • Here Comes the Rain Again

    A Denver facility comes up with a rain-check policy that’s a win-win for everyone

     
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    Full of Regret

    An aquatics supervisor pushes her staff and winds up with an empty pool.

     
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    Helicopter Crash

    As a young professional, I thought it might be a challenge to carve out my role as a supervisor when some of the staff I was overseeing had not long ago been my peers.

     
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    New Direction

    t’s always been a dream of mine that one day everyone will incorporate aquatics into their regular workout regimens. Just as someone today might routinely walk into the cardio room and perform 30 minutes on the treadmill, my hope is that one day everyone will perform their cardio workouts in our...

     
  • You’re So Vain

    I was a young college graduate and had enthusiastically accepted my first full-time job in a state thousands of miles away

     
  • Priceless

    Community-owned Hyland Hills Water World prides itself in teaching children the life-saving skill of swimming. 

     
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    Watching for Trouble

    We practice real-life simulation trainings at all of our in-service sessions.

     
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    Drowning in Red Tape

    I pride myself on a willingness to experiment, so when our human resources analyst presented an opportunity to work with a nonprofit employment placement agency, I was excited to try something new.

     
  • Called Out

    I’m an early riser, so on the Saturday in question I was sitting on my couch watching TV and sipping my second cup of coffee, when suddenly we lost power at 8 a.m. 

     
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    Power Scrubbing 

    Promoting someone before they are prepared is a mistake many managers make. It happens even more often in aquatics because of the youthful seasonal staffs, which make up the majority of our work force. I learned the hard way what can develop when this occ

     
  • Planting an Idea

    An operator takes a chance and turns a patron complaint into a new opportunity for her and his facility.

     
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    Planting an Idea

    We all have patrons who complain. Many times we’ve heard the same issue hundreds of times and are not listening or we are distracted.

     
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    To the Rescue

    Few jobs are as challenging and emotionally rewarding as being an aquatics director.

     
 
 
 
 

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