May 2011 Table of Contents

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Mark Your Calendar Aquatics Facility Handbook Mark Your Calendar

Highlight new classes, events and employment opportunities. Read more

Editor's Note Clean Up VGB

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Read more

New England State Considering Cutting Pool Inspections Industry News New England State Considering Cutting Pool Inspections

New Hampshire may become the first state to eliminate its pool inspection program to balance its budget. Read more

O.C. Lifeguard Pay Under Fire Industry News O.C. Lifeguard Pay Under Fire

Lifeguard pay in one Orange County, Calif., city has some calling for a review. Read more

Open Water Swimming Group Frustrated with FINA Industry News Open Water Swimming Group Frustrated with FINA

USA Swimming’s Open Water Commission has released new safety recommendations. Read more

Pending Law to Impact Public Pools Industry News Pending Law to Impact Public Pools

Thousands of commercial pools and spas across Florida will be subject to new safety standards under a bill that awaits the governor’s signature. Read more

Major Waterpark Resort Partners with Coca-Cola Industry News Major Waterpark Resort Partners with Coca-Cola

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., has signed on to a five-year partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, making Coca-Cola the “Official Beverage Partner” of the company. Read more

NDPA Director Steps Down Industry News NDPA Director Steps Down

Kristin Goffman, a founding board member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, has resigned as its executive director. Read more

New Aquatic Group Announces Trade Show Industry News New Aquatic Group Announces Trade Show

Just weeks after its launch, the newly formed Association of Aquatic Professionals has announced plans to host its inaugural Conference & Trade Show. Read more

Record Drowning Deaths Reported — Why? Industry News Record Drowning Deaths Reported — Why?

Arizona has recorded double the number of drowning deaths so far this year and officials are struggling to figure out why, and what can be done to prevent any additional tragedies. Read more

Groundbreaking Conference Addresses Open Water Safety Industry News Groundbreaking Conference Addresses Open Water Safety

In a first for the open water swimming community, race directors, swimmers and other aquatics experts came together for the inaugural Open Water Swimming Safety Conference. Read more

Waterparks Set to Splash Into Summer with New Attractions Industry News Waterparks Set to Splash Into Summer with New Attractions

As summer kicks off, many waterparks are introducing attractions. Read more

Aquatic Safety Initiatives Ready to Kick Off Summer Blitz Industry News Aquatic Safety Initiatives Ready to Kick Off Summer Blitz

With May coming quickly, you’re probably busy with last-minute preparations for the summer swim season. Read more

Don’t Sweat It Lessons Learned Don’t Sweat It

It was a weekday afternoon when the intercom came on. “Kathy, there’s a guy down here in the main pool swimming in a sweat suit. Read more

Beyond the Basics Lifesavers Beyond the Basics

At one point in time, lifeguard training courses fulfilled the majority of needs for most aquatics programs. Read more

Vested Interest Risk Management Vested Interest

There is no way to guarantee a child will be safe in an aquatic environment. However, there are ways to decrease the risks associated with visiting a pool. Read more

Accessing ADA Safety Accessing ADA

After more than 20 years on the books, the Americans with Disabilities Act now includes provisions that officially address aquatics facilities. Read more

Nothing’s Perfect Safety Nothing’s Perfect

As with any kind of building regulation, those familiar with the pool/spa requirements now part of the ADA have already run into tough spots, wrestling with seeming contradictions they believe may actually compromise those with physical impairments. Read more

Tech Talk Less Is More

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program concluded a successful grant project thanks to funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more

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