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    Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

    When Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, opened last spring it was the first major new park addition to the Orlando area in nearly a decade.

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    Wet’n’Wild Water World

    One of several theme parks in Australia’s Gold Coast, Wet’n’Wild Water World is Australia’s largest waterpark.

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    Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

    One of three family-owned Schlitterbahn waterparks in Texas, the Bavarian-inspired waterpark resort in New Braunfels includes more than 15 water slides, seven children’s water playgrounds and a stationary surf machine.

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    Caribbean Bay at Everland Resort

    Operators say Caribbean Bay is the biggest indoor and outdoor water park in the world

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    Vivaldi Park’s Ocean World

    Located within Vivaldi Park resort, which is best known for skiing, Ocean World is an Egyptian-themed indoor/outdoor waterpark that includes several distinct zones to entice all types of patrons.

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    Wet ’n Wild

    When industry pioneer George Millay first opened Wet ’n Wild more than three decades ago, the idea was essentially to create a theme park with water rides.

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    Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

    Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is one of two Walt Disney World Resort waterparks.

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    Disney’s Blizzard Beach

    Thanks to detailed theming, it’s always winter at Disney’s Blizzard Beach waterpark. Set on the slopes of fictional Mt. Gushmore, it’s the newest of the two Walt Disney World Resort waterparks.

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    Chime Long Water Park

    Part of the Chime Long entertainment complex, the tropical-themed Chime Long Water Park is the largest waterpark in Asia

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    Tokyo Summerland

    Tokyo Summerland is known for its many pools and attractions, including Adventure Dome, a covered space featuring a wave pool and open year ’round

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    Beach Park

    Located on the beach of Porto das Dunas, in the Brazilian state of Ceará, Beach Park, includes Aqua Park, one of the few waterparks in the world facing the ocean.

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    Wild Wadi

    Located between two top hotels on the shore of the Arabian Sea, Wild Wadi Waterpark is the only Arabian-themed amusement venue in the United Arab Emirates

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    Dollywood’s Splash Country

    Situated on more than 30 acres of Great Smoky Mountains woodland, Dollywood’s Splash Country opened in 2001 and features more than a dozen aquatic rides and attractions — all designed to complement the area’s natural beauty.

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    Water Country USA

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Water Country USA is the mid-Atlantic coast’s largest waterpark.

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    Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

    Six Flags Hurricane Harbor features more than 26 rides, slides and pools.

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    Sorak Waterpia

    Designed in harmony with the natural beauty of the surroundings, including Mt. Sorak, Sorak Waterpia blends the relaxation of a European spa with the excitement of a traditional waterpark.

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    Raging Waters

    Nestled in the desert community of San Dimas, Calif., east of Los Angeles, is Raging Waters waterpark.

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    Splish Splash

    With 96 acres of slides and attractions, Splish Splash includes rides and attractions for all types of guests.

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    Adventure Island

    Adventure Island is Tampa Bay’s only waterpark. Located across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the 30-acre waterpark features a combination of high-speed rides and low-key attractions in a tropical Key West-inspired atmosphere.

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    Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

    Operators say Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is the world’s first convertible waterpark.

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    Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe

    Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe is North Carolina’s largest waterpark.

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    World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall

    The tropical paradise-themed World Waterpark is a 5-acre indoor waterpark located in West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest entertainment and shopping center.

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    Hyland Hills Water World

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Hyland Hills Water World is perhaps the first publicly owned, full-sized waterpark.

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    Noah’s Ark

    Residing in the heart of Wisconsin Dells — the waterpark capital of the world — Noah’s Ark has 49 water slides, two wave pools, two endless rivers, four children’s water-play areas, the Paradise Lagoon activity pool, three family tube rides, minigolf, ret

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    Six Flags White Water

    Six Flags White Water — the Southeast’s largest waterpark — celebrates its 25th anniversary this year

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    Thirst for Solutions

    Headlines around the world call attention to global warming, drought conditions, carbon footprint reduction and going “green.

  • The Price of Heroism

    With summer nearly over, the aquatics industry is on track for a sad milestone: 2009 may be one of the deadliest drowning years on record. Every day, it seems a new tragedy makes headlines.

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    Angels and Demons

    I’d been in aquatics for what I considered to be a long time and had just taken a job at a great new facility

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    Suspicious Behavior

    Each year, I provide awareness training to new and returning lifeguards to help them become aware of potential sex offenders

  • USA Swimming Announces New National Team

    USA Swimming has named its 2009-2010 National team.

  • VGB Scams Cloud Compliance

    In the months since the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect, problems have come up and nationwide compliance is still far from complete.

  • Online Educational Conference Debuts in November

    is hosting a virtual conference to help aquatics professionals deal with today’s new economic realities.

  • Aquatics Facilities Give Back

    In spite of the recession, aquatics facilities have raised more than $300,000 for cancer research and other charitable causes.

  • Slips, Falls Behind Most Theme Park Lawsuits

    In a review of 477 personal injury lawsuits filed against Orlando, Fla’s. three largest theme park companies, the Orlando Sentinel found approximately half were slip-and-fall incidents.

  • Buzz: Tough Times for Several Older Waterparks

    The pressure to compete is tough and several well-established waterparks are struggling.

  • USA Swimming Announces New National Team

    USA Swimming has named its the 2009-2010 National Team.

  • Keep ’Em Open

    Several communities facing budget cuts found strategies to maintain aquatic operations last summer.

  • Penn State Welcomes Griffiths’ Replacement

    Shawn DeRosa, JD, has replaced industry veteran Tom Griffiths as manager of aquatic facilities at Penn State University in State College, Pa.

  • Fear Factor: Facilities Cash in on Holiday Promotions

    By late October temperatures have cooled off, kids are back in school and summer is a distant memory.

  • Lifeguard Survey Calls for Participants

    A new survey launched by the Department of Kinesiology at University of North Carolina- Charlotte aims to collect information directly from lifeguards regarding their responses to water-related incidents.

  • California Moves Forward on VGB Legislation

    California’s legislature has passed a highly anticipated bill to address the Pool and Spa Safety Act, and is moving forward on other legislation likely to impact the aquatics industry.

  • Pool Operators plagued by Poor Weather

    With record cool summer temperatures, operators down the East Coast and through the Midwest reported decreased attendance for the usually hot months.

  • CPSC Ramps Up VGB Enforcement

    Several months after the new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against noncompliance with the Pool and Spa Safety Act, the agency has officially begun nationwide compliance, and may be stepping up its enforcement efforts.

  • No Limits

    No Limits: The Will to Succeed

    Michael Phelps is truly a champion.

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    Jacket Required

    Over the years, I have experienced a great deal of criticism from guests, and even fellow waterpark managers, for our policies requiring life jackets for younger guests.

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    Balance of Power

    What we generally refer to today as the “core,” Joseph Pilates called the “powerhouse.”