Lessons Learned

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    Dangerous Mix

    When this incident happened, I had been handling chlorine and other pool chemicals for about 10 years.

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    Beating Traffic

    Our facility is the largest aquatics facility in North Carolina with 72,000 square feet and 1.1 million gallons of water covering three pools. It also boasts a classroom, conference area, stadium seating and a dry-land workout space.

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    Hometown Heroes

    Five years ago, the local Red Cross asked me to assist a lifeguard class with a special focus

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    Blaming the Victim

    It was early in my aquatics career, and I was guarding at a well-known resort on a beautiful, hot, sunny day.

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    Power Points

    Just when you think things are going great, something happens to bring it all down

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    Flooded Fiasco

    I was the supervisor of a new family aquatics center that was ending construction and readying for its grand opening.

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    Attack of the Zombies 

    I’m in aquatics, but I love an occasional construction project. In 2006 we decided it was time to replace our old hot tubs with a new, custom-built design. At last, it was my opportunity to build something!

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    False Alarm

    It was the middle of summer season, and our swim lesson program was in full swing

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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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    No Way Out

    I was sitting in my office when a lap swimmer knocked on the door

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    Explosive Consequences

    The Gypsum Recreation Center had been open for 1 1/2 years, and it was time to drain the swimming pool for cleaning and maintenance

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    Rain, Rain Go Away

    In 2008, I took on the role of a county aquatics program coordinator at the beginning of the summer.

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    Taken for a Ride

    Several years ago at my first ?real? manager position with a municipal year-round facility, I was planning to take a short vacation

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    Coming to a Head

    Back when I was an aquatics director at a special recreation district in Colorado, I operated two indoor and three outdoor pools.

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    Clearing the Air

    It was a brand-new indoor facility, and running a pool untouched by age, corrosion or out-of-date construction standards seemed like a dream come true

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    Hair Raising Experience

    When The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa renovated its pool in 2006, a lightning prediction and warning system was installed to enhance weather safety procedures


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