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    Two Sides of Twenty

    Remember being 20? For me it was (gulp) nearly 20 years ago.

     
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    Competitive Advantage

    As many operators quickly learn, in-service training sessions can be difficult. Sometimes the staff is not paying attention or is not too thrilled to be there.

     
  • Staff, Patrons Charged with Sexual Misconduct

    Highlighting the risk of aquatics facility sex offenders — from the public and staff — patrons at several venues became victims of alleged sexual misconduct in summer 2008

     
  • The Phelps Phenomenon

    Michael Phelps and his history-making eight Olympic Gold medals — a feat followed by millions of new swimming fans — has set the stage for an aquatics rebirth never before seen.

     
  • Pioneering Study Examines Diving Injury Risks

    Approximately 6,500 children experience diving-related injuries every year, according to first-of-its-kind new research.

     
  • Golden Moments

    More than 211 million Americans tuned in to watch the Beijing Olympics, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen Media Research. In case you missed the action, here’s a recap of what happened, and a glimpse at prep

     
  • Inspections Reveal Unsafe Pools

    How clean is your pool? Most operators feel confident when asked that question, but local inspections have revealed some alarmingly unsafe pools, most often in places such as apartment complexes and hotels

     
  • Hall of Shame

    The Big Splash Waterpark in Tulsa, Okla., was closed for several days in June.

     
  • CPSC Reports Drownings on Upswing

    When a 5-year-old boy died at Sun Valley Beach waterpark in August, it was the Powder Springs, Ga., park’s second drowning this year.

     
  • Crypto Outbreaks Appear Across the Nation

    Operators across the nation have closed their pools by now, and for many, autumn could not come soon enough, following several mid- and late-summer crypto outbreaks.

     
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    Mark Spitz: The Extraordinary Life of An Olympic Champion

    Nine quadreniums ago, swimmer Mark Spitz accomplished what no other Olympian had ever achieved: Seven races.

     
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    Caught in the Act

    You’ve spent countless hours attending to the needs of your patrons — ensuring good times as they careen down huge water slides, splash in gigantic wave pools or methodically execute their workouts.

     
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    Municipal Spas?

    Modern businesses typically choose communities with cultural and recreational amenities that allows them to attract and retain a well-educated workforce.

     
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    Finding Balance

    Imagine London, circa 1950

     
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    Americans With Disabilities Act

    In 1990, just two years after the birth of Aquatics International, the federal government passed the sweeping Americans With Disabilities Act, prohibiting discrimination based on certain physical or developmental limitations.

     
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    New Lifeguarding Strategies

    Lifeguarding has been a mainstay in the industry for decades, but the past 20 years have brought about some significant changes in the way these individuals do their job.

     
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    Aquatic Therapy & Adaptive Aquatics

    From the ancient Roman baths to the sophisticated aquatic therapy treatment centers of today, water is undeniably cathartic.

     
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    Operator Certification

    It'?s pretty safe to say that getting a job in aquatics today basically requires two things: a love of the water and a formal certification.

     
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    Private Swim Schools

    Over the past two decades, private swim schools have become major players in the aquatics industry.

     
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    Design Evolution

    Over the past two decades, many rectangular neighborhood pools that were state-of-the-art in the 1950s and ?60s became the ?dinosaurs of the industry.

     
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    Beach Entries

    When it comes to aquatics, it appears mother knows best, Mother Nature, that is.

     
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    Aquatic Research

    When it comes to aquatic research, the National Swimming Pool Foundation has largely been at the forefront, founding the World Aquatic Health Conference.

     
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    Sun Safety

    A recent report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that melanoma rates among young women in the United States have increased 50 percent since the 1980s.

     
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    Ultraviolet Sanitation

    Chlorine has always been the gold standard in pool sanitation, but in the past several years, a supplemental option has entered the mainstream.

     
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    Pool and Spa Safety Act

    Early this year, President George W. Bush signed the first-ever federal pool and spa safety legislation — the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. And experts agree that more federally mandated legislation of its kind is bound to follow.

     
  • Pool Technology

    Thanks to recent technological advances, pools have undergone some pretty impressive changes in the past 20 years.

     
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    Aquatic Exercise

    Since ancient times, water has been associated with exercise and good health, but in the past two decades aquatic exercise — including aqua aerobics, deep-water running, shallow-water kickboxing, ai chi and various forms of strength training — has come of

     
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    RWI Outbreaks

    Since the birth of Aquatics International 20 years ago, RWIs including cryptosporidium, have become one of the major topics in the pages of the publication. Certainly aquatic parasites have existed for much longer than two decades, but over the past ...

     
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    Sprayparks

    Neighborhood parks across the United States have taken on a new look in recent years. With the addition of “splashpads,” parks, as well as other nonaquatic settings, including zoos and shopping centers, now provide water-based recreation for young visitor...

     
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    Swim Training Advances

    Highlighted by the Olympics, countless swimming world records have been broken so far this year.

     
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    Title IX

    How many women are on your staff? According to a 2008 Aquatics International Salary Survey, male and female head lifeguards and supervisors are nearly equal in number.

     
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    Waterparks

    Tubes. Waves.

     
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    Leisure Pools

    If you were to have asked someone to describe a pool 20 years ago, they’d probably have drawn something rectangular with six or eight lanes for swimming.

     
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    Waterpark Resorts

    The first indoor waterpark of size in North America was 1985’s World Waterpark in Alberta, Canada’s West Edmonton Mall.

     
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    XX

    Where have the past two decades gone? It was 20 years ago that the first issue of Aquatics International came rolling off the presses — and a lot has changed since then.

     
  • Readers Reminisce

    I was hired by the San Diego Lifeguard Service [in Southern California] as a beach lifeguard in 1979.

     
  • The Next 20 Years

    It is my sincere hope that at least one major advance will involve a modification of lifeguard training regimens, in accordance with solid scientific evidence and research — as opposed to the current reliance on past practice, trial and error, opinion...