• VGBA DéjàVu

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

     
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    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

     
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    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

     
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    Scuba Diving May Help Spinal Injuries

    Scuba diving may benefit those with spinal cord injuries.

     
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    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

     
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    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.

     
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    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

     
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    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

     
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    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

     
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    Death Linked to Shallow Water Blackout

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

     
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    RWI Outbreaks Jump 72 Percent

    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

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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

     
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    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

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    Patterns of Abuse 

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

     
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    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?

     
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    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.

     
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    Identifying the Problem

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

     
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    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.

     
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    A Call to Action

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

     
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    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?”