• Illustration by Tim Bobko

    Air Defense

    This diagram shows how your air circulation system should handle the dry ice test (left).

     
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    The 2007 Power 25

    Welcome to our third annual Power 25 issue.

     
  • Photo by Claudia Duncan

    Competitive Edge

    Aquatics professionals understand the importance of in-service training for lifeguards.

     
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    JIM WHEELER - OPERATOR

    When it comes to lifeguarding, Jim Wheeler is for the “big brother” approach.

     
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    JILL WHITE - FIREBRAND

    Starfish Aquatics Institute founder Jill White knows she’s in a position to make a difference.

     
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    AMY VAN DYKEN - CRUSADER

    As an Olympian vying for the gold, 34-year-old Amy Van Dyken barely had time to breathe. And in this asthmatic swimmer’s case, often times she couldn’t.

     
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    IAN THORPE - CRUSADER

    Australia’s Olympic swimming icon is no stranger to the spotlight.

     
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    KAY SMILEY - UNSUNG HERO

    As the aquatics chief of the National YMCA, Kay Smiley is witness to the ever-changing face of aquatic.

     
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    FRANK PIA - FIREBRAND

    They were just a family of three out at the beach.

     
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    BILL ROWLEY - FIREBRAND

    Doug Sackett has had a busy year and a half. “Aquatics took priority,” he says.

     
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    DOUG SACKETT - UNSUNG HERO

    Doug Sackett has had a busy year and a half. “Aquatics took priority,” he says.

     
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    TODD NELSON - OPERATOR

    What Todd Nelson built in the Wisconsin Dells is something out of Africa — literally.

     
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    RICH MARTIN - UNSUNG HERO

    You might not guess it from his boyish look, but Rich Martin wields a considerable amount of power.

     
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    GREG LOUGANIS - CRUSADER

    For a long time, diving legend Greg Louganis let two things get in the way of his fame, but neither was a diving board.

     
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    TOM LOCHTEFELD - FIREBRAND

    It’s difficult to avoid clichés about “making waves” when it comes to describing Tom Lochtefeld.

     
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    CULLEN JONES - CRUSADER

    In the past two years, Cullen Jones has leapt onto the aquatics scene in such a big way, setting a world record in the 50-meter freestyle at the World University Games and signing an unprecedented $2 million endorsement deal with Nike.

     
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    KEVIN JOHNSTON - FIREBRAND

    Kevin Johnston understood the importance of aquatic education from day one as a lifeguard in Spokane, Wash.

     
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    BOB HUBBARD - OPERATOR

    Bob Hubbard has one major goal: to teach all kids to swim. As president of the United States Swim School Association, he has more than 300 members involved, with about 500,000 students collectively.

     
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    JULIENE HEFTER - VOLUNTEER

    Juliene Hefter takes her job seriously. “I’m very passionate about the aquatic profession,” she says.

     
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    GARY HALL, JR. - CRUSADER

    Gary Hall, Jr. is a ten-time Olympic medalist, part of a swimming dynasty, (his father, Gary Hall, Sr., was also a three-time Olympian swimmer) and a fighter (his unique training involves boxing techniques and he’s the only swimmer endorsed by Everl

     
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    TOM GRIFFITHS - FIREBRAND

    Tom Griffiths, Ed.D., is not known for being quiet about his causes. These days, the 57-year-old is speaking loudly about three major issues: shallow-water blackout, genetic drowning triggers and pool-bottom visualization difficulties for lifeguards.

     
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    LOUIS 'SAM' FRUIA - UNSUNG HERO

    As a 40-year aquatics veteran and a former swim coach, Louis “Sam” Fruia never heard of a recreational water illness until he attended a conference that discussed the topic.

     
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    JOHN EMERY - OPERATOR

    John Emery is a family man. “The water is the universal family thing to do,” he says.

     
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    TINA DITTMAR - OPERATOR

    For Tina Dittmar, the pool is always half-full. “I think there’s a lot in the future for aquatics, a lot of creativity in the way of utilizing technology and research, and I want to be one of those people who’s open to the future,”

     
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    JOHN CRUZAT - FIREBRAND

    John Cruzat has been hired to fix one of the most intractable problems in aquatics: how to diversify aquatics and lower minority drowning rates.

     
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    MARITZA CORREIA - CRUSADER

    She’s a walking — or swimming, rather — poster child for minority aquatics. She’s the first black and Hispanic swimmer on the U.S. Olympic Swimming team, and the first Hispanic-American to set a national record in the sport (the 50

     
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    B. CHRIS BREWSTER - VOLUNTEER

    Call him Sir Chris Brewster. The professional lifeguard advocate was recently made Knight in the Order of Lifesaving for his years of dedicated service to boost, refine and continuously upgrade the profession.

     
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    JOE BATARSE - OPERATOR

    In a city famous for its sunshine, warm weather, miles of oceanfront and sparkling blue waters, it’s no wonder Joe Batarse has his hands full.

     
  • Emerging Technology: Drinking It In

    You still can?t drink swimming pool water, but it?s becoming a lot closer to the water from the kitchen sink.

     
  • Study Reveals How Much Water Swimmers Ingest

    Children swallow twice as much water as adults, and swimmers are more likely to ingest water in a pool than a natural body of water, according to a recent study by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

     
  • Lifeguard Standards Coalition Kicks Off First Meeting

    A coalition of aquatics and government organizations and agencies took its first steps toward developing universal lifeguard standards and practices.

     
  • German Study Links Chloramine Exposure to Hay Fever

    Yet another study showing a connection between chlorine byproducts and respiratory issues has been released, this one linking the chloramine exposure to hay fever.

     
  • Hanley Wood Buys AQUA Show

    Hanley Wood LLC, owner of Aquatics International, Waterpark Resorts Today, Pool & Spa News, and the International Pool & Spa Expo, recently purchased the AQUA Show.

     
  • APSP Seeks to Streamline Training Programs

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is creating a nationwide clearinghouse for educational programs.

     
  • Gary Thill

    Power Erupts

    When you think of powerful people, you usually think of their ability to make things happen, get things done, and influence others.