• Gary Thill

    Teachable Moments

    There’s nothing like a little pain to give you clarity.

     
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    Fun Factor

    Imagine a day when your aquatics staff is not only enthusiastically attending in-service trainings, but also contributing ideas about content and structure.

     
  • Breath-holding Incidents Raise Concerns

    Three separate breath-hold incidents at YMCA pools in a two-week period and another at Kenmore Pool in Saint Edward Park in Kenmore, Wash., have brought the issue to a head, and prompted industry action.

     
  • New CPR Guidelines Not for Aquatics

    Hoping to encourage more bystanders to engage in cardiopulmonary respiration, the American Heart Association released new guidelines for the procedure, advising chest-compression-only CPR for adults who suffer a sudden cardiac incident.

     
  • Dazed and Confused

    200 days. As of June 1 that’s about how much time left the industry has to comply with the federal Virginia “Graeme” Baker Pool and Spa safety Act.

     
  • N.Y. Resort Battling Norovirus Outbreak

    An investigation is under way to determine what caused more than 500 people to become ill with norovirus, following a stay at the Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Lake George, N.Y.

     
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    Huntington Beach Lifeguards

    Huntington Beach/HB, known today as Surf City USA,is not only one of our nation’s busiest beaches but has a long and upstanding history in the professional development of lifeguards and lifesaving in America.

     
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    A Healthy Relationship

    As a health inspector, I come at the issue of pool operations from a different perspective than many other aquatics professionals. Some operators may view me as the “bad cop,” someone who makes doing their jobs that much harder.

     
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    Uninspected Consequences

    When 6-year-old Ethan Cory drowned at the Swimmin’ Hole waterpark in Joplin, Mo., this past summer, his parents filed a lawsuit against almost anyone who could be held responsible.

     
  • Watered Down: ONE

    Many aquatics professionals are hearing reports about swim meets where athletes have to queue up in the hallway because the natatorium air is too polluted to breathe.

     
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    Pattern Treatments

    In the early 1950s, physicians and therapists were scrambling to find treatments that might work for a new crop of polio patients.

     
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    Gold Rush

    What inspired your passion for aquatics? If you’re like many in the industry, you probably said, “The Olympics.” Every four years the world gathers to celebrate the spirit of competition, patriotism and sportsmanship — and this sum

     
  • illustration by Tariq Kamal

    Bubble Trouble

    A few summers ago, I arrived at the waterpark early to conduct our morning inspections.

     
  • Watered Down: TWO

    Many aquatics professionals are hearing reports about swim meets where athletes have to queue up in the hallway because the natatorium air is too polluted to breathe.