April 2009 Table of Contents

Lost in Translation Bottom Line Lost in Translation

Finding qualified lifeguards is one of the biggest challenges to running a safe facility Read more

Cold Comfort Cold Comfort

At indoor waterpark resorts, swimming is no longer an activity relegated to the summer Read more

Stimulating Thoughts Editor's Desk Stimulating Thoughts

A federal stimulus package of nearly $800 billion is well on its way to doing what it can to get the economy back on track Read more

Explosive Consequences Lessons Learned 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 Read more

LifeSavers Warning Signs

Use this chart to recognize high-risk swimmers. Read more

Risk Takers LifeSavers Risk Takers

All lifeguards are taught victim recognition and effective scanning Read more

News Waterparks Celebrate Grand Reopenings

Closed for repairs since last September’s Hurricane Ike, the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark reopened on March 14 Read more

VGB Act-Related Sales Rising News VGB Act-Related Sales Rising

An uptick in sales of drain covers and suction vacuum release systems (SVRS’s) indicates increasing awareness of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act among pool operators Read more

News Toddler Swim Instruction May Prevent Drowning

A new study substantiates what aquatics professionals have long believed, and it may change the stance of a key pediatrics group Read more

VGB Act’s Author Wants Nationally Funded Swim Lessons News VGB Act’s Author Wants Nationally Funded Swim Lessons

The chief author of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act wants national funding for swim lessons, according to remarks at the eighth annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium Read more

News Red Cross Revamps Certifications

The American Red Cross has officially launched a new water safety instructor certification program and anyone currently teaching the 2004 programs must update to the new curriculum by December. Read more

Bad Press News Bad Press

Fallen hero, or mere mortal? That’s the question many have been debating since the release of photos showing Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps smoking a marijuana pipe Read more

Research: Swimming Cuts Death Rate in Half News Research: Swimming Cuts Death Rate in Half

Aquatics professionals have been touting the healthfulness of swimming for years, and now science confirms what they’ve been saying. Read more

News Tom Griffiths to Retire from Penn State

Tom Griffiths, director of aquatics at Penn State University, will leave his position at the State College, Pa., institution after 23 years Read more

News Aquatics Operators Facing A Flood of Applicants for Seasonal Jobs

When the economy goes down, the number of people looking for seasonal and part-time employment goes up Read more

News CDC to Release Chemical Handling Guidelines

Just in time for the summer swim season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for safe handling of potentially hazardous pool chemicals Read more

News Waterparks to Lure Guests With New Attractions

In spite of the down economy, waterpark operators across the nation are optimistic that once the doors are open this summer, the crowds will come Read more

News Allergies Attributed to Pool 'Shock'

A researcher has linked certain water-related skin rashes to an allergy to potassium peroxymonosulfate,… Read more

News: Buzz U.S. Masters Swimming to Establish National HQ

U.S. Masters Swimming has opened its first national headquarters Read more

News: Buzz Aquatics Operators Kick Off Summer Early With Underwater Easter Egg Hunts

To celebrate spring and jump-start the summer swim season, a number of waterparks and aquatics facilities recently opened the doors for Easter celebrations including underwater egg hunts and other festivities Read more

News: Buzz Communities Embrace Alternatives for Heating Pool Water

To save money, it appears more communities are considering alternatives for heating pool water Read more

News: Buzz Volunteers Pitching In to Maintain Public Parks, Properties

That may not be too far off the mark, as cash-strapped cities across the nation are getting creative to maintain services in spite of cutbacks Read more

News: Buzz FINA Says “Not So Fast!”

Following the record-breaking results of new high-tech swimwear, FINA has amended its requirements for swimwear approval Read more

The Wave Maker Reviews The Wave Maker

George Millay, the creative founder of Sea World (San Diego, Ohio & Florida), Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA) and the first waterpark in the world, Wet ’n Wild in Orlando, was one of the most…. Read more

The Real CSI Tech Talk The Real CSI

Since the early 1960s, the pool industry has been using a familiar concept called the Calcium Saturation Index to predict water’s tendency to be corrosive or scale-forming Read more

Casting a Wide Net Casting a Wide Net

Nickelodeon Family Suites in Orlando, Fla., often saw numerous people come by its Web site and transition from site visitors to hotel visitors Read more

Navigating Other Sites Navigating Other Sites

With the interactivity of the Web comes the risk involved with free speech: guest critiques Read more

Searching for Financial Solutions Searching for Financial Solutions

No doubt about it, the economic crisis has resulted in a significant change in the financial landscape Read more

Pain Relief Water Fitness Pain Relief

Symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a condition characterized by chronic and often debilitating pain of muscles and fibrous tissues, may be eased by regular participation in aquatic exercise Read more

Crypto Control: Action Plan Feature Crypto Control: Action Plan

It’s vital that pool operators develop action plans to respond immediately if health officials announce an outbreak or increase in… Read more

Crypto Control: The Media Feature Crypto Control: The Media

is making headlines and if there’s an outbreak in your area, it’s very likely you’ll be receiving calls from reporters. Read more

Crypto Control: Patrons Feature Crypto Control: Patrons

If a crypto outbreak or a significant increase in cases is reported in your area, expect to field a barrage of inquiries from patrons, whether crypto has been linked to your pool or not. Read more

Recession Proof? Feature Recession Proof?

Layoffs. Salary freezes. Expansion plans derailed. Aquatics operators are dealing with it all in light of the current economic downturn Read more

Cross Contamination Feature Cross Contamination

It wasn’t until the health inspector started putting on a hazmat suit that it really hit me: This was not just another fecal contamination. Read more

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