March 2012 Table of Contents

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Work With Red Cross Editor's Note Work With Red Cross

The American Red Cross has been put through the wringer in the past few months for its initial decision to change — and, in many cases, dramatically raise — pricing for its learn-to-swim programs Read more

Techs Find ‘Too Many Variables’ in Fill Water Industry News Techs Find ‘Too Many Variables’ in Fill Water

Service technicians are reporting unusual fluctuations in the chemical composition of fill water throughout the Sunbelt states. Read more

Study Shows Swimming Improves Vascular Function Industry News Study Shows Swimming Improves Vascular Function

New research shows that regular swimming exercise can improve vascular health and lower blood pressure. Read more

Apollo Global to Acquire Great Wolf Industry News Apollo Global to Acquire Great Wolf

An affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC and Great Wolf Resorts announced Wednesday that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Apollo, a leading global asset manager, will acquire Great Wolf, North America’s largest family of i Read more

Senate Bill Battles ADA Industry News Senate Bill Battles ADA

A Senate bill has been introduced to prevent enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act on commercial pools and spas. Read more

Red Cross Cuts Swim Fees Industry News Red Cross Cuts Swim Fees

Responding to months of criticism over increased learn-to-swim fees, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday it will significantly reduce those costs. Read more

What Will It Cost You? Industry News What Will It Cost You?

Here's a look at what the new vs. the old Red Cross learn-to-swim pricing means for a facility with 100 swim students per year. Read more

Additional Discounts Industry News Additional Discounts

On the heels of the revised Red Cross pricing for swim lessons, the National Recreation and Park Associationhas announced two other savings options available with other providers to its members. Read more

ADA Ruling: No Sharing Portable Lifts Industry News ADA Ruling: No Sharing Portable Lifts

Ahead of the upcoming March 15 compliance deadline, the Department of Justice has issued an interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act revised 2010 standards that shoots down many facilities’ compliance plans involving portable lifts. Read more

Drowning Prevention Efforts Are Expanding Industry News Drowning Prevention Efforts Are Expanding

As drowning becomes a bigger focus nationwide, prevention efforts are beginning to stretch outside the bounds of aquatics. Read more

Commercial Construction Shows Promising Start Industry News Commercial Construction Shows Promising Start

Pool builders across the country are reporting new activity on the commercial front. Read more

Frustration Persists with Red Cross Pricing, Service Industry News Frustration Persists with Red Cross Pricing, Service

Some Red Cross providers remain frustrated with costs and customer service despite lower swim fees announced earlier this month. Read more

Outbreak Spawns Class Action Lawsuit Industry News Outbreak Spawns Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed in the state of New York,potentially involving as many as 2,700 people who allegedly weresickened from a 2008 norovirus outbreak at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterparkin Queensbury Read more

ADA Deadline Lacks Sense of Urgency Industry News ADA Deadline Lacks Sense of Urgency

When the Americans with Disabilities Act standards compliance deadline of March 15 was originally announced, some professionals likened it to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Read more

Studies Linking Pools, Asthma ‘Flawed’ Industry News Studies Linking Pools, Asthma ‘Flawed’

The Belgian Superior Health Council has concluded that a series of studies published by a team of Belgian researchers does not provide clear evidence that swimming in chlorinated pools poses an asthma risk. Read more

Power Scrubbing  Lessons Learned Power Scrubbing 

Promoting someone before they are prepared is a mistake many managers make. It happens even more often in aquatics because of the youthful seasonal staffs, which make up the majority of our work force. I learned the hard way what can develop when this occ Read more

Closer Examination  Lifesavers Closer Examination 

The average aquatic management staff is very busy. Staff training, including lifeguard courses, often are conducted at specific times that correspond to available instructor staff, pool space and budget. Read more

Safety Factors  Risk Management Safety Factors 

In April 2009, a committee was formed to develop the Risk Management/Safety Module for the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code. Read more

Get with the Program Special Report Get with the Program

When the city of Monterey Calif., opened Monterey Sports Centerin 1992, it was very much a typical family aquatics center, geared toward recreation, leisure and swim lessons, says William Rothschild, fitness manager.  Read more

Beyond Leisure  Special Report Beyond Leisure 

Here’s a look at how you can use typical elements of a leisure pool to bring health and wellness to your facility. Read more

5 Ways to Pump Up Your Programming Special Report 5 Ways to Pump Up Your Programming

So you’ve decided you’re ready to offer health and programming at your leisure facility. Next you need practical ideas to get you there. Here are five operator-tested strategies to pump things up — for you and your facility. Read more

Changing Red Cross  Viewpoint Changing Red Cross 

The American Red Cross is making a number of changes to update its health and safety offerings, and to transform its aquatics and other life-saving programs to deliver stronger courses more consistently across the country. Read more

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