September 2008 Table of Contents

No.1 Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon 2008 Top Waterparks No.1 Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

In a perfect world, Hurricane Katrina would have blown through some remote tropical paradise, leaving an aquatic wonderland in its wake. Read more

No.2 Disney’s Blizzard Beach 2008 Top Waterparks No.2 Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Orlando, Fla. Read more

No.3 Wet ‘n Wild 2008 Top Waterparks No.3 Wet ‘n Wild

Nearly three decades after opening as one of the first waterparks, Wet ‘n Wild is still making waves. Read more

No.4 Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort 2008 Top Waterparks No.4 Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

New Braunfels, Texas Read more

No.5 Water Country USA 2008 Top Waterparks No.5 Water Country USA

Williamsburg, Va. Read more

No.6 Raging Waters 2008 Top Waterparks No.6 Raging Waters

San Dimas, Calif. Read more

No.7 Adventure Island 2008 Top Waterparks No.7 Adventure Island

Tampa, Fla. Read more

No.8 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark 2008 Top Waterparks No.8 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Galveston, Texas Read more

No.9 Noah’s Ark 2008 Top Waterparks No.9 Noah’s Ark

In the beginning, there was Noah’s Ark Water Park. Read more

No.10 Hyland Hills Water World 2008 Top Waterparks No.10 Hyland Hills Water World

It may not have the amusement industry clout of Six Flags or the deep pockets of Disney, but if the industry accolades and attendance numbers are any indication, Colorado’s Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District operates one of the nation’s Read more

No.11 Dollywood’s Splash Country 2008 Top Waterparks No.11 Dollywood’s Splash Country

These days, celebrities have attached their names to everything from popcorn to perfume, but country music legend Dolly Parton is the only one involved in the waterpark business. Read more

No.12 Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe 2008 Top Waterparks No.12 Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe

Greensboro, N.C. Read more

No.13 Six Flags White Water 2008 Top Waterparks No.13 Six Flags White Water

Since it debuted in 1984, Six Flags White Water has been a big part of the Atlanta metro area. Read more

No.14 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 2008 Top Waterparks No.14 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Arlington, Texas Read more

No.15 Splish Slash 2008 Top Waterparks No.15 Splish Slash

Anyone who’s ever been to a Yankee game can tell you, New Yorkers are tough critics. Read more

No.16 Cedar Point Soak City 2008 Top Waterparks No.16 Cedar Point Soak City

It can’t be easy living up to the reputation of the historic Cedar Point amusement park, but Cedar Point’s Soak City waterpark has been doing just that since it opened 20 years ago. Read more

No.17 Schlitterbahn Beach 2008 Top Waterparks No.17 Schlitterbahn Beach

“Everything’s bigger in Texas” may be the state mantra, but Schlitterbahn Beach on South Padre Island, Texas, is thinking small. Read more

No.18 Waterworld California 2008 Top Waterparks No.18 Waterworld California

Concord, Calif. Read more

No.19 Camelback Mountain Resort 2008 Top Waterparks No.19 Camelback Mountain Resort

For nearly 50 years, Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, Pa., has attracted skiers from across the Northeast. Read more

No.20 Knott's Soak City 2008 Top Waterparks No.20 Knott's Soak City

Buena Park, Calif. Read more

New Material Bottom Line New Material

One of the fastest-growing trends in indoor pool ventilation is fabric air dispersion, or ductwork, as an alternative to conventional metal. Read more

Required Reading LifeSavers Required Reading

Thousands of dollars are spent annually on the writing and updating of employee manuals, handbooks, brochures and guides. Read more

Newsroom Tom Saldarelli Leaves Paragon

Tom Saldarelli, president of Paragon Aquatics, has left the LaGrangeville, N.Y., company after nearly two decades, in part because of the recent downturn in the economy. Read more

Newsroom Waterpark Injuries, Lawsuits Plague Industry

Safety concerns have waterpark operators on their toes, with several facing lawsuits following incidents spanning the past two years. Read more

Newsroom Going Up?

With summer 2008 wrapping up, the big question on everyone?s minds is, ?How was business?? Final numbers are still coming in, but early projections look good, thanks to some advanced planning. Read more

Newsroom Five Survival Strategies

To help weather the slow economy, waterparks across the nation rolled out some aggressive promotion strategies. Read more

Newsroom New Laws Promote Aquatic Safety

Along with federal legislation, pool operators in several states now must comply with additional safety laws. Read more

Newsroom CPSC Finalizes Commercial Safety Requirements

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is sticking to the Dec. 19, 2008, deadline for commercial pools to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Read more

News Room Crypto Outbreaks Hit Southwest

Cryptosporidium outbreaks at the height of swim season have sickened bathers and closed many Southwestern pools and sprayparks. Read more

From Lifeguard to Sun King: The Man Behind the Banana Boat Success Story Reviews From Lifeguard to Sun King: The Man Behind the Banana Boat Success Story

From Michael Phelps back to Matthew Webb, there have been quite a number of books/biographies written in recent years on modern 'aqualetes' as well as a number of early pioneers of aquatic sports, recreation, water safety and entertainment. Read more

Tech Talk Crypto Proof?

Cryptosporidium, or crypto as it is often called, has become the leading cause of recreational water illnesses in the United States, according to surveillance reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Read more

Back in the Game Water Fitness Back in the Game

Late-night television is inundated with products designed to bring buff abdominals to the flabby masses. Read more

Online Exclusive News Roundup

The latest headlines from around the Web. Read more

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