March 2011 Table of Contents

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Product Placement Product Placement

The SVRS devices and automatic pump shut-offs on the market vary in their placement within the circulation system. Read more

More Powerful than Oprah Editor's Note More Powerful than Oprah

Americans, myself included, tend to be focused on what’s become known as The Homeland. One indication of this shortsightedness is our gross geographic ignorance. Read more

Pediatricians Sign on to Swim Lessons Industry News Pediatricians Sign on to Swim Lessons

The Florida Drowning Prevention Task force now has the support of the state’s physicians. Pediatricians will provide education and promote water safety. Read more

West Haven Officials Rename Pool After Porn Charges Industry News West Haven Officials Rename Pool After Porn Charges

Following the arrest of veteran chemistry teacher and swim coach David Tremblay, the West Haven, Conn., education board has voted 9-0 to rename the pool previously named in his honor. Read more

Aquatics Set to Break Records with World’s Largest Swim Lesson Industry News Aquatics Set to Break Records with World’s Largest Swim Lesson

The second annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is scheduled for June 14, 2011. Read more

Swim Coach Enters Guilty Plea on Child Porn Charge Industry News Swim Coach Enters Guilty Plea on Child Porn Charge

Timothy S. Kelly, former coach at North Attleborough High School and aquatics director at the Attleboro YMCA has plead guilty to child pornography charges. Read more

Mouth-to-Mouth May Beat Standard Lifeguard CPR Technique Industry News Mouth-to-Mouth May Beat Standard Lifeguard CPR Technique

Lifeguards trained to perform CPR using a pocket mask may be better off with using traditional mouth-to-mouth CPR. Read more

Lawsuit Seeks Damages Following Near-Drowning Industry News Lawsuit Seeks Damages Following Near-Drowning

Kimberlee Rhodes of Tigard, Ore., has filed a lawsuit seeking $12.5 million in damages following the near-drowing of her daughter Victoria last year. Read more

Experts to Address Global Drowning Epidemic Industry News Experts to Address Global Drowning Epidemic

As summer approaches and Americans head out to community pools, waterparks and beaches, the majority will come home safely, thanks to swim lessons, lifeguards and a focus on water safety. Read more

Hayward Pledges $1 M for VGBA Compliance Industry News Hayward Pledges $1 M for VGBA Compliance

Hayward Pool Products is pledging up to $1 million in Hayward safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) to North American pools in need. Read more

SVRS Manufacturer Initiates Partial Recall Industry News SVRS Manufacturer Initiates Partial Recall

Vacless Systems Inc. is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct a recall of about 1,600 of its safety vacuum release systems. Read more

Asthma Fears Prompt Infant Swimming Warning in Germany Industry News Asthma Fears Prompt Infant Swimming Warning in Germany

On the heels of a number of studies linking swimming to respiratory issues, a German agency has become the first to recommend that children younger than 2 years old with a family history of allergies avoid indoor pools. Read more

Drain Cover Investigation Raises Questions, Prompts Responses Industry News Drain Cover Investigation Raises Questions, Prompts Responses

A major media investigation into the testing of VGBA approved drain covers is raising questions. Read more

5 Quick Fixes Leisure Pools 5 Quick Fixes

When you’re cash-strapped, you can get the creative juices flowing for improvements your guests will notice — without making a capital commitment, says Judith Leblein Josephs, CPRP, president of JLJ Enterprises, LLC, in Wayne, N.J. Read more

Lessons in Lobbying Leisure Pools Lessons in Lobbying

When money’s tight and everyone is vying for a piece of the pie, operators have to be proactive in garnering support for improvement projects. Read more

Cheap Tricks Leisure Pools Cheap Tricks

Picture this scene: A leisure pool manager is assessing his facility. Read more

Plan Ahead: Prepare Your Budget Leisure Pools Plan Ahead: Prepare Your Budget

Finding money for facility upgrades is easier if you plan ahead for them in the operating budget. Read more

Floating a Solution Lessons Learned Floating a Solution

We had just opened a brand-new aquatics facility. Week one had come and gone with no major catastrophes. Read more

Getting the Message Lifesavers Getting the Message

Teenagers and tweens text at mind-blowing rates. Read more

On-site Solution Safety On-site Solution

Among the possible vacuum-breaking systems named in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a suction-limiting vent. Read more

Five Types of Entrapment Safety Five Types of Entrapment

Generally speaking, an entrapment occurs when a person comes in contact with an improperly protected suction outlet, and a part of their body, jewelry, clothing or hair is entrapped, entangled or held down by the force created by the pump. Read more

Secondary Systems Safety Secondary Systems

Ultimately, SVRS’s and automatic pump shut-off devices rely on correct installation to function properly. Read more

The Great Debate Safety The Great Debate

Every day, aquatics professionals choose and install safety vacuum release devices. Read more

Entrapment Diagram Safety Entrapment Diagram

When the drain is blocked, water is no longer fed into the suction line, causing the low pressure point or “vacuum” at the pump impeller to lengthen until it reaches the drain and holds down whatever is causing the blockage. Read more

Supply and Demand Tech Talk Supply and Demand

Chlorine demand can be defined as the inability to maintain a chlorine residual. Read more

Training Required Viewpoint Training Required

Operators are the heart of any aquatics facility. Read more

Up to Code Viewpoint Up to Code

Have you ever worked at a public pool and felt a degree of panic not knowing if your pool was in compliance with the requirements of public health code? Read more

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