• VGB x 1,000?

    For the aquatics industry, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act confirmed the worst fears about government regulation: It was carelessly crafted, poorly communicated, arbitrarily enforced and blindly implemented.

     
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    Going in Depth 

    In my years as an operator, one of the most difficult skills to master has been the art of delegating tasks

     
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    Going Blind 

    It’s the start of the season. Your guards are ready to go!  Skills are sharp

     
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    Cracking the Code 

    When officials in Charleston, S.C., heard that their state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control was going to start enforcing its lifeguard standard this year, they immediately closed half of the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool. 

     
  • Negative Press Hounds Industry

    Pop the champagne and start counting down, 2010 is almost over and it’s time to start looking ahead. 

     
  • Millions Awarded for VGB Education

    A number of industry groups recently were awarded millions of dollars in federal contracts to provide training and education on drowning prevention, as well as swimming pool and spa safety

     
  • USA Swimming Boosts Athlete Protection

    In light of several well-publicized lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by USA Swimming coaches (46 are now permanently banned by the organization), USA Swimming has formally passed several measures at its recent House of Delegates meeting.

     
  • Highly Publicized Studies Link Cancer, DBPs 

    Three recently released research papers that were played up in the national media have provided new insight on disinfection byproducts — and their potentially harmful effects.

     
  • Ellis Expands Offerings to Nonclient Facilities 

    Jeff Ellis & Associates is growing its portfolio of services, making its International Lifeguard Training Program available to nonclient aquatics facilities, resorts, individual lifeguard instructors and more.

     
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    Coded Language 

    In the development of the Model Aquatic Health Code, one of the more challenging technical committees has been the group tackling lifeguarding/bather supervision.

     
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    Clarifying the Code 

    In the United States, there is no federal regulatory authority for disinfected recreational venues; all pool codes are developed, reviewed and approved by state and/or local public health officials.

     
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    Shallow Trouble?

    With large aquatics centers and waterparks increasing in popularity

     
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    Noah’s Ark Family Park:Three

    As soon as Tim Gantz recognized that people’s reluctance to spend money would impact his waterpark’s bottom line this year, he knew he wouldn’t be able to thrive alone. So he found a couple of willing partners to help him out

     
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    Palace Entertainment:Four 

    When the recession first hit, cutting spending on upkeep was not an option for James Judy.

     
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    Survival of the Fittest

    It’s no secret the economic downturn 

     
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    Great Wolf Resorts:One

    Great Wolf Resorts has always been proud of its amenities as an indoor waterpark 

     
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    Magic Waters:Two

    At Magic Waters in Rockford, Ill., something magical happens 

     
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    Easing the Trauma 

    Chronic effects of traumatic brain injury are getting the attention and research necessary to better identify, prevent and rehabilitate these injuries.

     
  • Hot Summer Brings Crowds, Crypto

    Labor Day has come and gone and that means your seasonal pools are all probably shuttered for the winter.

     
  • Deadline Looms for New ADA Law Compliance

    After a six-year wait, the Americans with Disabilities Act swimming pool guidelines have become the law of the land. Aquatics facilities now have 18 months to comply with the new law or seek an unlikely exclusion

     
  • Sneak Peek: Free Online MAHC Conference 

    For the second consecutive year, Aquatics International is hosting a virtual conference. This year’s conference will tackle the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code and its potential impact on the aquatics industry

     
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    Putting on the Polish 

    The many available first aid, CPR-AED, oxygen administration, emergency response and specialty venue lifeguard training courses are obvious examples of advanced training you can provide.

     
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    Spray-on Solutions

    With their hands-on family fun and imaginative heat relief, sprayparks are catching on in communities around the globe. 

     
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    Power to the People 

    For a little over a year now, I’ve been working as the aquatics director for a new community natatorium at a high school. 

     
  • Happy Dance

    Turns out the Great Recession, as some are now calling it, actually may make aquatics, and waterparks in particular, happy.

     
  • U.S. Swimming Participation Down, UK Up

    The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association recently released its Single Sport Participation Studies and found that swimming, for competition or fitness decreased 8.5 percent last year

     
  • Waterpark Resorts Market Crawling Towards Economic Recovery

    As the economy begins to show signs of improvement, it appears recovery for the waterpark resort market is still something of a waiting game

     
  • NRPA Shortens 2011 NAC; Volunteers Resign

    The National Recreation and Park Association has announced a shortened 2011 aquatics show and “blended” school

     
  • CPSC Changes VGB Interpretation to Include All Lodging

    On March 1, 2010, the Commission voted (4-1) to issue a proposed interpretive rule interpreting “public accommodations facility” to mean “an inn, hotel, motel, or other place of lodging, except for an establishment located within a build

     
  • Manufacturer Halts Production of a VGBA-Approved Cover

    AquaStar Pool Products has voluntarily discontinued Model #LP8AVXXX of its VGBA-approved suction outlet covers for retesting purposes

     
  • July Is Park and Recreation Month

    July marks official Park and Recreation Month. This year, the theme is “Celebrate, Advocate, Recreate!” The National Recreation and Park Association will support local agencies as they plan special events to remind communities of the important

     
  • Swim Lesson Breaks World Record

    More than 50 aquatics facilities on four continents joined forces last month to create the record-breaking lesson attempt.

     
  • Gulf Spill is Creating A Summer Mess for Aquatics Professionals

    When the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, it caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history — 1 million to 2 million barrels of oil and counting.

     
  • Pool Closures Attracting Celebrity Attention

    Across the nation some deep pockets, and celebrities, are helping fund beleaguered aquatics programs.

     
  • Racial Divide Persists in Swimming

    In a recent report,USA Swimming stressed that 70 percent of African-American children and 58 percent of Hispanic children have little or no ability to swim, despite many recent advocacy efforts to increase awareness of its importance.

     
  • Inspection Report Reveals ‘Troubling’ Findings

    A recent report widely published in the national media revealed that approximately one out of eight public pool inspections conducted in 2008 resulted in immediate closure due to serious code violations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Pr

     
  • AAP Reverses Position on Toddler Swim Lessons

    In a move many aquatics professionals have long awaited, the American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed its position against swim lessons for children under 4 years of age.

     
  • CDC Researchers: Many Lack Access to Fitness Facilities

    What's behind the U.S. obesity trend? One factor appears to be a general lack of access to parks, safe walking areas, community centers and even aquatics facilities such as yours.

     
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    Changing of the Guards

    As a risk manager at Redwoods, I have had the opportunity to perform risk management assessments at hundreds of aquatics facilities around the nation.

     
  • Lifesavers Graphic By Nick Orabovic

    Bad Reports

    Everyone has left for the day and you are doing the last of the paperwork and filing.

     
  • NRPA Considers Scrapping Aquatic Branch

    The National Recreation and Park Association is considering structural changes that could fundamentally change how members associate.

     
  • Solar Options Becoming More Feasible

    It appears solar power is becoming a more viable option for aquatics facilities.

     
  • Judge Dismisses Industry Lawsuit

    A federal judge has dismissed TYR’s anti-trust civil lawsuit against Speedo,USA Swimming and Mark Schubert, USA Swimming’s head coach and national team general manager.

     
  • Amusement Merger Terminated

    Despite previously announcing a definitive merger agreement,Apollo Global Management and Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. have mutually decided to call off the transaction.

     
  • New Jersey Kids Will Learn to Swim, For Free

    Thanks to USA Swimming, thousands New Jersey kids in Asbury Park, Bayonne, Jersey City, Newark and Plainfield will enjoy free swimming lessons this fall as part of the organization’s efforts to curb drowning amongst minority children.

     
  • Great Wolf Announces New Deal

    Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. announced recently in a press release that it has signed License and Management Agreements related to the development of a new Great Wolf Lodge resort in Southern California.

     
  • Lifesaving Organization Honored

    The World Health Organization has recognized the International Lifesaving Federation for its role in global drowning prevention.

     
  • Industry Honors Aquatics International

    The Western Publishing Association honored Aquatics International with two Maggie awards for print and online journalism.

     
  • Universities Axing Swim Programs

    Over the past five years, 46 Division I men’s teams have been cut.

     
  • Aquatic iPhone Apps Are Here

    Mobile smartphone technology has redefined how we live and work, with Apple’s iPod and iPhone leading the way.

     
  • Aquatics Operators, Manufacturers Give Back

    Several aquatics operations continued their commitment to the community this spring.

     
  • Education for Life

    When it comes to aquatics education, there’s certainly no shortage of providers.

     
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    Dangerous Mix

    When this incident happened, I had been handling chlorine and other pool chemicals for about 10 years.

     
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    Equipment - Supplemental Sanitation

    There are two basic options when it comes to alterative sanitation treatment systems: ozone and ultraviolet radiation.

     
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    Facility Operations - Pool Surfaces & Hardscapes

    Like any other feature in the overall design of an aquatics facility, there are several points to consider when it comes to your pool and the surrounding deck.

     
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    Facility Operations - Natatoriums

    A competition natatorium is a room enclosure containing swimming pools designed for competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and/or water polo.

     
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    Equipment - Pumps

    The pump is the “heart” of the pool system, pumping the water to and through the entire system.

     
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    Facility Operations:Two

    A competition natatorium is a room enclosure containing swimming pools designed for competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and/or water polo.

     
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    Facility Operations:Three

    Like any other feature in the overall design of an aquatics facility, there are several points to consider when it comes to your pool and the surrounding deck.

     
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    Equipment - Heaters

    The pool heater’s primary function is to maintain the water temperature in the pool vessel — approximately 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, for regular activity pools and 102 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit for whirlpools.

     
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    Equipment:Eight

    There are two basic options when it comes to alterative sanitation treatment systems: ozone and ultraviolet radiation. Here’s a look at each type.

     
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    Equipment - Filters

    Pool filters catch debris, including soil, leaves, dead skin, hair  and sometimes bacteria, viruses and protozoan cysts (more commonly treated by the disinfection system).

     
  • Facility Operations:One

    Today a wide variety of aquatic attractions are available, with the most common being play structures, water slides, lazy rivers, activity pools and wave pools.

     
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    Equipment:Five

    Pool filters catch debris, including soil, leaves, dead skin, hair  and sometimes bacteria, viruses and protozoan cysts (more commonly treated by the disinfection system).

     
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    Equipment:Six

    The pool heater’s primary function is to maintain the water temperature in the pool vessel — approximately 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, for regular activity pools and 102 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit for whirlpools.

     
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    Equipment:Seven

    The pump is the “heart” of the pool system, pumping the water to and through the entire system.

     
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    Equipment:Two

    Pools require chemicals. Processes of disinfection, oxidation and pH control are the most common chemical requirements that necessitate a feeder.

     
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    Equipment:Three

    Here's a look at chemical processes:

     
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    Equipment:Four

    The purpose of outdoor and indoor pool covers is to save money.

     
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    Equipment - Supplemental Sanitation: Chemicals

    Here's a look at chemical processes:

     
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    Equipment - Pool Covers

    The purpose of outdoor and indoor pool covers is to save money. Hundreds of pools across the country are facing budgetary crises and are closing because of income shortfalls.

     
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    Equipment:One

    Automation. This is the word used to describe the fancy, flashy and functional box that hangs on the pump-room wall to regulate the pool’s chemical feed.

     
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    Facility Operations - Aquatic Play Amenities

    Today a wide variety of aquatic attractions are available, with the most common being play structures, water slides, lazy rivers, activity pools and wave pools.

     
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    Equipment - Automation

    Automation. This is the word used to describe the fancy, flashy and functional box that hangs on the pump-room wall to regulate the pool’s chemical feed. It seems to attract pool operators more than any of the pumps, feeders, filters and pipes that

     
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    Equipment - Chemical Feed Systems

    Pools require chemicals. Processes of disinfection, oxidation and pH control are the most common chemical requirements that necessitate a feeder.

     
  • Opening Up

    If you’re a seasonal aquatics operator, opening day is probably only a few weeks away; and for many in the industry that opening day may be as stress-inducing as the first day of classes is for most high school or college freshmen.

     
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    Bouncing Back

    With the economic downturn over the past couple of years, it was time for our aquatic center to think outside the box and create some new excitement.

     
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    Web Trends

    From Alexander Graham Bell to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, communication technology has come a long way.

     
  • Deep Waters

    While we read history, we make history.”

     
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    Technology to the Rescue

    It’s official. Technology has crept into just about every industry out there, and aquatics is no different.

     
  • Death Sentences

    What is a life worth? I’ve asked this question in various ways over the years, but it’s always been more of a rhetorical question than something that can be answered.

     
  • Illustration by Tim Bobko

    Beating Traffic

    Our facility is the largest aquatics facility in North Carolina with 72,000 square feet and 1.1 million gallons of water covering three pools. It also boasts a classroom, conference area, stadium seating and a dry-land workout space.

     
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    Fun Factor

    Welcome to the mid-season hump.

     
  • May is Water Safety Month 

    Supporting the need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, May 2010 is National Water Safety Month

     
  • Manufacturers Going Green 

    You might say green is the new way to stay in the black. Several industry manufacturers have made eco-friendly operational changes that are saving the planet and the bottom line

     
  • Donations Keeping Some Pools Afloat

    ?It appears donations may help several aquatics operations stay open this summer.

     
  • States Considering New Aquatics-Related Legislation

    The California Spa & Pool Industry Education Council (SPEC), a lobbying firm, has sponsored A.B. 2409 in an attempt to separate pools and spas from the definition of “waterfeature” in the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

     
  • RWI Prevention Week Begins May 24

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have scheduled the 6th Annual Recreation Water Illness Prevention Week for May 24-30, also the final week of National Water Safety Month. 

     
  • Sex Abuse Allegations Escalate, USA Swimming Responds

    On the heels of a civil lawsuit that alleges widespread sexual abuse among swim coaches and the resulting media storm, USA Swimming has begun implementing closely watched plans to address the issue.

     
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    Viva Las Vegas Pools 

    The pool may be the hottest place in Las Vegas this summer and several hotel casinos have opened lavish new additions

     
  • States Considering New Aquatics-Related Legislation 

    The California Spa & Pool Industry Education Council (SPEC), a lobbying firm, has sponsored A.B. 

     
  • 2010 NDPA Symposium Draws Nearly 200; CPSC Announces New VGB Compliance Tools 

    Nearly 200 people gathered for the 2010 National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium last month to learn about drowning prevention and a new VGB education program including a new video to help with compliance.

     
  • 2010 NDPA Symposium Draws Nearly 200; CPSC Announces New VGB Compliance Tools 

    More than 200 people gathered for the 2010 National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium last month to learn about drowning prevention and a new VGB education program including a new video to help with compliance.

     
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation Files Lawsuit

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation has filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, against three Nebraska health departments.

     
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    Pressure Situation

    Five to 10 years ago, our industry knew very little about ultraviolet treatment systems for recreational swimming environments.

     
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    Coordinated Response

    Regardless of our age or ability, the most essential physical skills we need are balance and coordination.

     
  • USA Swimming Lawsuit

    USA Swimming releases 46 banned from organization

     
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    Sacrificing Safety

    In January 2008, Pennsylvania officially eliminated lifeguards from almost all state park beaches.

     
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    Seeing the Light

    Jim Monks used to lose a lot of sleep over his smelly pool.

     
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    Cooking Up Changes

    Chef Wally Jurusz is proud of  his latest kitchen creations