• Powerful Promotions

    To beat the recession, some aquatics venues are marketing with an altruistic component.

     
  • The Stationary Surf Machine Wave Rolls On

    It appears that "riding the man-made waves" continues to enjoy surging popularity.

     
  • Shades of Gray

    Back when I first joined the ranks of journalism, I firmly believed in the tenet of telling both sides. It was, I was taught, the best way to stay unbiased, to let the reader decide.

     
  • Illustration by Tim Bobko

    Locked Out

    I have been teaching swimming for more than 30 years. I thought I had this swim lesson thing down until a 4-year-old made me realize I still have much to learn.

     
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    Losing Focus?

    Recently we conducted a study of nine public pools in North Carolina. It reveals where managers need to focus on accidents, rescues and overall safety in their in-service training.

     
  • Staycations

    With many would-be vacationers expected to stay close to home again this summer, many regional parks, museums and other attractions are planning on a relatively healthy season in 2009.

     
  • Child Drowning Study Released

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Md., has released a report providing updated figures on drowning deaths, and pool and spa injuries related to children.

     
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    Studies: Patrons not Hygienic, Swim Diapers not Enough

    New research shows that your patrons’ hygiene may be much worse than you think, and swim diapers aren’t helping matters.

     
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    CDC Reports on Chemical Injuries

    In a recent Morbidity and Mortality report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has found preventable injuries resulting from swimming pool chemicals cause as many as 5,200 emergency room visits every year.

     
  • Hampton University Targets Minority Students for Swim Lessons

    Thanks to a Hampton Roads Red Cross grant, Hampton University is offering swim lessons to Newport News and Hampton middle school students this summer.

     
  • Gold in the Water

    Gold in the Water

    ‘The True Story of Ordinary Men and Their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory,’ is the subtitle of this most interesting modern day tale of the athletes (aqualetes), coaches and the team they swim for over …

     
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    Getting Current Counterpoint

    It’s good to see Aquatics International run an article regarding rip currents, which United States Lifesaving Association statistics attribute to over 80 percent of drowning deaths at U.S. surf beaches (and presumably those around the world).

     
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    Getting Current:TWO

    Every year, rip currents kill more people than hurricanes, fires and sharks. Yet a serious disconnect exists between rip current research, identification, human behavior and warnings.

     
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    Getting Current:ONE

    Every year, rip currents kill more people than hurricanes, fires and sharks. Yet a serious disconnect exists between rip current research, identification, human behavior and warnings.

     
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    Film School

    Most bacteria thrive in an aqueous environment. Combine people, heat and a nearly stagnant body of water and you have the ideal conditions for bacteria to grow.

     
  • Illustration by Nick Orabovic

    Rut-Busters

    The easiest thing about working out is how easy it is to get bored. Repetitive workouts such as following the same cardio and strength routines, the same swim patterns or the same yoga class, can bore the mind and also become less stimulating, and therefo

     
  • Photo courtesy Portland, Ore. Parks & Recreation

    World LEEDer:TWO

    It’s not easy being green, but platinum? Well, that’s almost unheard of.

     
  • Photo courtesy Portland, Ore. Parks & Recreation

    What Makes It Green

    Natural light. The facility is aligned north/south, with solid walls on the east and west …

     
  • Photo courtesy Portland, Ore. Parks & Recreation

    LEED Criteria

    To acquire platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council, new construction projects must earn at least 52 out of a possible 69 points in the following categories:

     
  • Photo courtesy Portland, Ore. Parks & Recreation

    World LEEDer:ONE

    It’s not easy being green, but platinum? Well, that’s almost unheard of.

     
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    Fast Forward

    That’s the way we’ve always done it!” “It’s good enough for our little facility!” When it comes to technology, these are common attitudes among overworked, understaffed aquatics operators.

     
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