February 2009 Table of Contents

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Coming Full Circle Coming Full Circle

Any way you slice it, designing your waterpark resort as a whole means increased efficiency, and that’s a positive all around. Read more

The More Things Change Editor's Desk The More Things Change

Love the New Year! It?s our annual chance to start fresh Read more

Taken for a Ride Lessons Learned 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 Read more

On the Job Training LifeSavers On the Job Training

Aquatics managers are faced with the responsibility to ensure their lifeguards are trained to the highest standards, and training those staffers isn?t getting any easier Read more

LifeSavers On-Shift Training Ideas

Monitor the lifeguard?s scanning time and give spontaneous feedback Read more

Just Add Water Newsroom Just Add Water

When Susan and Jon Foss went looking for a new location for their swim school in 1998, they stumbled upon what some say is a new business model for the aquatics industry Read more

Newsroom Most Pools Fail to Comply with Safety Act

As many as 80 percent of U.S. Read more

Newsroom Slow Economy Forces Show Cancellations

The current economic crisis has forced two major industry organizations to cancel upcoming events. Read more

SPLASH! Aquatic Shows From A to Z: Their Art, Planning & Production Plus Aquatic History & Trivia Reviews SPLASH! Aquatic Shows From A to Z: Their Art, Planning & Production Plus Aquatic History & Trivia

Las Vegas has become known for its opportunities to gamble, eat, drink, shop and see world class entertainment. Read more

Bragging Rights Risk Management Bragging Rights

I believe that drowning, in most circumstances, is a preventable tragedy. While other experts have made this statement, few have ever accomplished or proven it. Read more

Good Circulation Tech Talk Good Circulation

Dirt, leaves and algae in a pool?s corners will create persistent problems. Eliminating these ?dead spots? requires a properly functioning circulation system that redistributes debris between the strainer and the filter. Read more

Stamp of Approval Stamp of Approval

The term “green” is fast becoming a part of everyday practice in many businesses, and the waterpark resort industry is no different. Read more

ECO-ECONOMICS ECO-ECONOMICS

What’s good for the Earth can be great for the bottom line. Read more

Destination Green Destination Green

Protecting the planet isn’t just a fad anymore. Here’s why experts say the resort industry’s green movement is here to stay. Read more

Green Predictions Green Predictions

Want to know what’s in store for the future of green technology? Here are three predictions from the Green Hotels Association. Read more

Checking Into Pre-hab Water Fitness Checking Into Pre-hab

Working in the water with elderly clients, whether for rehabilitation, wellness or ?pre-habilitation,? has shown me that these most fragile members of our population need and deserve to work with well-trained aquatic therapists. Read more

Lee Yarger | Ball State University Power 25 Lee Yarger | Ball State University

After receiving more aquatic job notices last fall than during any other 60-day period since 2002, you?d think Lee Yarger, coordinator of aquatic degree programs at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., would be the first to say there?s no slowdo Read more

Kent Williams | Professional Pool Operators of America Power 25 Kent Williams | Professional Pool Operators of America

Given his years of industry experience, you might think Kent Williams, executive director of the Professional Pool Operators of America in Newcastle, Calif., has seen it all when it comes to aquatics. You would be wrong. Read more

Jill White | Starfish Aquatics Institute Power 25 Jill White | Starfish Aquatics Institute

The Beatles got by with a little help from their friends, and according to Jill White, co-founder of Starfish Aquatics Institute in Champaign, Ill., during tough times it may be more important than ever for aquatics facility operators to recognize the val Read more

David Sangree | Hotel & Leisure Advisors Power 25 David Sangree | Hotel & Leisure Advisors

With many new waterpark resort development projects on hold until credit markets open up, growth in the waterpark resort market has slowed dramatically. Read more

Kay Smiley | YMCA of the USA Power 25 Kay Smiley | YMCA of the USA

The YMCA was founded on the premise that it would offer ?programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Read more

Tom Saldarelli | RehaMed International Power 25 Tom Saldarelli | RehaMed International

Tom Saldarelli?s view of the economy is simple. ?There?s a lack of confidence [in the economy] right now fostering a reluctance to spend,? says the CEO of RehaMed International in Homestead, Fla. Read more

Chuck Neuman | Water Technology Power 25 Chuck Neuman | Water Technology

Ups and downs are all part of a normal, healthy economy, but from Chuck Neuman?s perspective, this is the first time a slump has so deeply affected the entire system. Read more

Alison Osinski, Ph.D. | Aquatic Consulting Services Power 25 Alison Osinski, Ph.D. | Aquatic Consulting Services

Slow economy? With many operators still working to come into compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, and continued concerns over crypto, Alison Osinski, Ph.D., believes there?s enough work to be done to keep the industry bu Read more

Todd Nelson | Kalahari Resorts Power 25 Todd Nelson | Kalahari Resorts

Recession-proof.? That?s what some have dubbed the waterpark resort market. Read more

Dan Martin | Economics Research Associates Power 25 Dan Martin | Economics Research Associates

As a vice president in the Chicago office of Economics Research Associates, Dan Martin knows a thing or two about market trends. Read more

Randy Mendioroz | Aquatic Design Group Power 25 Randy Mendioroz | Aquatic Design Group

In my experience, during hard times people stay home, so the demand for parks and municipal recreation increases,? says Randy Mendioroz, founder and principal of Aquatic Design Group in Carlsbad, Calif. Perhaps that?s one reason his company is n Read more

Judith Leblein-Josephs | Judith Leblein-Josephs and Associates Power 25 Judith Leblein-Josephs | Judith Leblein-Josephs and Associates

If your community has already secured funding for a new pool, consider yourself lucky. Thanks to the housing crisis, it?s a buyers market in all sectors of development and construction. Read more

Tom Lachocki | National Swimming Pool Foundation Power 25 Tom Lachocki | National Swimming Pool Foundation

The aquatics industry may be feeling the pinch, but operators have reason to take heart. So says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Read more

Bill Kent | Team Horner Group Power 25 Bill Kent | Team Horner Group

with less money expected in many aquatics facility budgets, industry manufacturers and distributors are bracing for what may be a tight summer. Read more

Adolph Kiefer | Adolph Kiefer & Associates Power 25 Adolph Kiefer | Adolph Kiefer & Associates

Having grown up during the Great Depression, Adolph Kiefer knows a thing or two about hard times. But this industry veteran sees it much differently than most. Read more

Scot Hunsaker | Counsilman-Hunsaker Power 25 Scot Hunsaker | Counsilman-Hunsaker

How can you add value to your facility? The shrinking economy brings that question to the forefront more than ever before, according to Scot Hunsaker, chief operating officer of St. Louis-based Counsilman-Hunsaker. Read more

Mark Hatchel | Kimley-Horn and Associates Power 25 Mark Hatchel | Kimley-Horn and Associates

Central High School in York, Pa.; North Park YMCA in North Fort Worth, Texas, the aquatic playground at Hilton Head Park in Rancho San Diego ... even in this weak economy, new pools are opening. Read more

Bob Hubbard | Hubbard Family Swim Schools Power 25 Bob Hubbard | Hubbard Family Swim Schools

As owner of Hubbard Family Swim Schools in Phoenix, Bob Hubbard is a true entrepreneur. Read more

Tom Griffiths | Penn State University Power 25 Tom Griffiths | Penn State University

What is your most important mission as an aquatics professional? Tom Griffiths would argue that it?s teaching every child to swim. Read more

Tina Dittmar | City of Laguna Nigel, Calif. Power 25 Tina Dittmar | City of Laguna Nigel, Calif.

When officials in Laguna Nigel, Calif., placed a $50,000 aquatics facility improvement project on hold, Tina Dittmar, aquatics supervisor, knew the economic crisis had officially hit home. Read more

Jeff Ellis | Jeff Ellis & Associates Power 25 Jeff Ellis | Jeff Ellis & Associates

Would-be Wall Street-types running your snack bar? Seniors on your lifeguard stands? Operators must be willing to consider some seemingly strange changes to survive in this new economy, according to Jeff Ellis, CEO of Jeff Ellis & Associates in Ocoee, Read more

Shawn DeRosa | DeRosa Aquatic Consulting Power 25 Shawn DeRosa | DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

In today?s economic climate, budgets are being [more] closely scrutinized and spending is being [more] carefully controlled, not only by supervisors and boards but also by patrons,? says Shawn DeRosa JD, president of DeRosa Aquatic Consulting in Read more

Curt Caffey | CNL Lifestyle Co. Power 25 Curt Caffey | CNL Lifestyle Co.

The industry may face a rough 2009, but Curt Caffey, vice president of investments at CNL Lifestyle Co. in Orlando, Fla., says today?s economic problems are ultimately a short-term thing. Read more

Chris Brewster | United States Lifesaving Association Power 25 Chris Brewster | United States Lifesaving Association

From where he sits as president of the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based United Sates Lifesaving Association, Chris Brewster has concerns over how government cutbacks will hurt lifeguarding. Read more

Craig Barker | City of Destin, Fla. Power 25 Craig Barker | City of Destin, Fla.

Just like so many other communities across the country,Destin, Fla., is facing significant budget challenges. Read more

Feature Power 25

The current economic crisis is likely to shape much of what happens in 2009. We?ve asked past Power 25 honorees to weigh in on how it might affect aquatics and what professionals can do to weather the storm. Read more

Powerful Forces Feature Powerful Forces

Twenty miles? 200 miles? 2,000 miles? Wall Street may be a long way from your facility, but with the current economic situation, financial issues have come much closer to home for many aquatics professionals. Read more

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