November 2011 Table of Contents

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VGBA DéjàVu Editor's Note VGBA DéjàVuycuxerdqfqfqdw

Lately, I’ve been having a serious case of déjà vu, that uncanny, eerie feeling that you’ve been there before. Read more

City Settles Discrimination Lawsuit with Former Lifeguard Industry News City Settles Discrimination Lawsuit with Former Lifeguard

Ocean City, N.J., has agreed to a monetary settlement with a former Beach Patrol lifeguard, who sued claiming age discrimination Read more

Half of U.S. Pools Show Poor Water Chemistry Industry News Half of U.S. Pools Show Poor Water Chemistry

Almost half of the pools tested through the summer 2011 Healthy Pools campaign showed improper water chemistry Read more

Scuba Diving May Help Spinal Injuries Industry News Scuba Diving May Help Spinal Injuries

Scuba diving may benefit those with spinal cord injuries. Read more

Swim Coach Gets Jail Time for Sex with Underage Girl Industry News Swim Coach Gets Jail Time for Sex with Underage Girl

An Orange County Calif., swim coach was sentenced to 16 months in state prison for having sex with a 15-year-old female student, according to authorities Read more

CPSC Sets Drain Comment Deadline Industry News CPSC Sets Drain Comment Deadline

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is now accepting comments regarding the deadline for newly required commercial-drain retrofits. Read more

No Charges for Fall River Drowning Workers Industry News No Charges for Fall River Drowning Workers

In a court hearing last week, no charges were issued against two Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation managers formerly in charge of operating the pool where 36-year-old Marie Joseph drowned Read more

New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Hits USA Swimming Industry News New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Hits USA Swimming

A family of a teenage girl has filed a new sexual abuse lawsuit against USA Swimming, Indiana Swimming and Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Read more

Drain Cover Manufacturer Ends Recall-Related Program Industry News Drain Cover Manufacturer Ends Recall-Related Program

AquaStar Pool Products has ended its authorized installer program, created to carry out terms of the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall announced in May 2011 Read more

Death Linked to Shallow Water Blackout Industry News Death Linked to Shallow Water Blackout

A Tasmanian free diver has died, apparently due to what’s known as shallow water blackout. Read more

RWI Outbreaks Jump 72 Percent Industry News RWI Outbreaks Jump 72 Percentycuxerdqfqfqdw

As one indication of how far the industry still has to go in efforts to prevent recreational water illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in September a 72 percent increase in outbreaks over the previous two-year tally — and th Read more

States Enact More Stringent Spraypark Regulations Industry News States Enact More Stringent Spraypark Regulations

As sprayparks — and awareness of their potential for recreational water illness — become more prevalent, more and more states are enacting tougher regulations specifically aimed at the facilities. Read more

Summer Swim Season Makes Headlines Industry News Summer Swim Season Makes Headlines

Wasn’t it just yesterday that you were hiring guards for summer 2011? Now the year is fast becoming a memory. In case you forgot, here’s a look back at what made headlines, and how it might affect the new year. Read more

DA Releases Final Report on Mass. Drowning, Seeks Criminal Charges  Industry News DA Releases Final Report on Mass. Drowning, Seeks Criminal Charges 

The Bristol County (Mass..) District Attorney has released a final report on the June drowning death of Marie Joseph and, as of press time, criminal charges were being sought against two individuals employed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Read more

OSHA Investigating Rare Lightning Strike Death Industry News OSHA Investigating Rare Lightning Strike Death

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration office in Tampa, Fla., is investigating the death of 21-year-old Justin Inversso, who was working as a lifeguard at Adventure Island when he was struck by lightning in September Read more

MAHC Moving Forward Industry News MAHC Moving Forward

Those charged with developing the Model Aquatic Health Code anticipate that all but three modules are likely to be ready for public comment by the end of the year. Read more

Spectators Gone Wild!  Lessons Learned Spectators Gone Wild! 

Back in the mid-1980s, I was asked to develop and implement a K-12 swim lessons program for the school system. Read more

Patterns of Abuse  Lifesavers Patterns of Abuse 

While aquatics programming provides some of the greatest opportunities for youth development, it also presents some of the highest risk factors Read more

Follow the Leaders Minority Report Follow the Leaders

We know that engaging minority groups in aquatics programs is a national issue, but how can we help reduce the drowning and water-related injury statistics among these groups? Read more

Prevention Efforts Special Report Prevention Efforts

Aquatics professionals can play a big role in protecting swimmers against a preventable drowning death as a result of dangerous breath-holding. Here are four tips from Gareth Hedges, associate general counsel for The Redwoods Group in Morrisville, N.C. Read more

Identifying the Problem Special Report Identifying the Problem

The people who succumb to this quiet killer often are stronger swimmers than the lifeguards on duty. Read more

Blackout Victims Special Report Blackout Victims

It was just supposed to be some fun and exercise the afternoon that Drew Brislen, 40, went out free diving in the Pacific Ocean off Picnic Beach, which is part of Laguna Beach, Calif. Read more

A Call to Action Special Report A Call to Action

I first started writing about the dangers of shallow water blackout in 1983, in my book Read more

Maintaining Control Tech Talk Maintaining Control

Have you ever had thoughts like these: “Why does my controller sometimes seem to add too much chemical, while other times it doesn’t add enough? Why does my controller seem to be out of control? Is there a better, more predictable way of doing this?” Read more

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