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    Product Placement

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

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    Drain Cover Investigation Raises Questions, Prompts Responses

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

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    Cheap Tricks

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

     
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    Plan Ahead: Prepare Your Budget

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

     
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    Floating a Solution

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

     
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    Getting the Message

    Teenagers and tweens text at mind-blowing rates.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    Secondary Systems

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

     
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    The Great Debate

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

     
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    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.

     
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    Supply and Demand

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

     
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    Training Required

    Operators are the heart of any aquatics facility.

     
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    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?