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    The Unlimited Plan

    Community aquatics facilities often strive to keep single-visit (daily admission) fees low to better serve the community (and the budget) by drawing more users

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    The Great Greek

    The largest ski resort in New York just got a little bigger

  • Spring Cleaning

    The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming and every year that means one thing at my house — spring cleaning

  • Who’s Your Inspiration?

    Back in 2005, when we started featuring the Power 25, the industry was flying pretty high

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    Power Points

    Just when you think things are going great, something happens to bring it all down

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    Under Surveillance

    Maintaining constant, meaningful surveillance of patrons as they participate in aquatic activities is a key component of lifeguarding

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    Working Order

    From the minute you open the gates in the morning, it’s show time, and your waterpark is the star

  • Wisconsin Implements VGB Act

    As the July 1 deadline for documentation of progress or compliance with the VGB Act approaches, Wisconsin has released its interpretation of the legislation, including some additional state requirements

  • Crypto Reported Overseas


  • Phelps Wins in Old Suit

    Michael Phelps has helped usher in the new era of swimming, choosing to wear the old-style textile swimsuit over the new high-tech suits at December’s “Dual In the Pool” meet

  • Buzz: Waterpark Resorts Hit By the Recession

    Three Illinois waterparks have been hit by the economic storm of 2009

  • Chemical Spills Result In Hospitalizations, Injured Students

    Several hazardous chemical spills were reported in late 2009

  • Plans Shaping Up for National Water Safety Month, New Partners Announced

    The International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association will join existing partners in their support of the second annual National Water Safety Month, which will take place in May 2010

  • Hayward Launches Commercial Division

    Hayward Industries has launched a commercial division

  • American Red Cross Seeking Feedback

    In preparation for the revision of its Lifeguarding portfolio, the American Red Cross is seeking feedback on its GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow course and other junior lifeguarding programs currently being used in the industry for youth ages 11 to 15

  • Aquatic Therapy is the U.S. Army's Newest Recruit

    For as long as there has been an army — and maybe longer — there have been wounded warriors

  • ARC Releases Clarification on Entry Depths

    A clarification has been released regarding the Red Cross recommended depths for headfirst pool entries

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    Things to Think About Now

    To maximize time, save indoor repairs and projects for inclement weather days

  • Power Company: Poseidon

    With the Poseidon drowning detection system, aquatics has truly entered the age of technology

  • Power Company: Weber Group, LLC

    When brothers Tom and Donny Weber started a design-build firm in 1983, they never anticipated the effect they would have on the aquatics industry

  • Power Company: Aquatic Safety Research Group

    Dr. Tom Griffiths formed his consulting business, Aquatic Safety Research Group, to enhance safety and risk management in the industry

  • Power Company: Jeff Ellis & Associates

    Before 1983, when Jeff Ellis started his company, virtually the only lifeguard-training program was the Red Cross course

  • Power Company: Neptune-Benson

    For more than 50 years, Neptune-Benson Inc. has been a family-run leader in the aquatics industry

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    Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Future generations of children might not learn the name of U.S

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    John Whitmore

    You could say John Whitmore grew up cleaning pools

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    Bruce Wigo

    They say you’ve got to understand where you’ve been to get where you’re going, and Bruce Wigo strives to do just that

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    Doug Sackett

    When Doug Sackett accepted a summer job inspecting pools for the New York State Department of Health, he never expected that decision would have such a lasting impact

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    Chris Swartz

    Watching his uncle — Ned Stancliff, former vice president of Herschend Family Entertainment — Chris Swartz knew he wanted to work in the amusement park industry

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    Inez Tenenbaum

    With the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has become one of the most influential — and controversial — agencies in the aquatics industry

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    Robert E. Ogoreuc

    Bob Ogoreuc first read the quote about three types of individuals as a young swimmer and since then, he’s made it his mission to live life as one of the latter

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    Kim O’Shea

    A self-described “lifer” in the sport of swimming, Kim O'Shea is a woman on a mission with “oodles of potential

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    Michael Phelps

    In the world of aquatics,Michael Phelps needs no introduction

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    Johnny Johnson

    To understand just how far the aquatics industry has come in the past 40 years, look no further than Johnny Johnson, owner of Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, Calif

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    David Knighton, M.D.

    The big idea with the potential to change aquatics came to David Knighton, M.D., almost a decade ago on a U.S.-bound flight from Germany

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    Sue Nelson

    When Sue and Mick Nelson married, they each gained a partner, but the aquatics industry gained much more

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    Josef Haas

    I have the distinct responsibility of driving revenue and overseeing expenses

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    Connie Harvey

    Connie Harvey never dreamt the Red Cross swim lessons she was enrolled in as a child would be the springboard to a career

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    Jeff Janovich

    If your favorite waterpark ride wasn’t created directly by ProSlide Technology, there’s a good chance its conception was influenced by something that ProSlide developed

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    Mike Espino

    Aquatic safety would not be quite what it is today without Aquatic safety would not be quite what it is today without Mike Espino

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    Roy Fielding

    You could say Roy Fielding is taking the family business to a new level

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    Franceen Gonzales

    Franceen Gonzales was on the path to a career in medicine when she discovered aquatics

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    John Cruzat

    It was something of a chance meeting that brought John Cruzat into aquatics

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    M. Ellen “Melon” Dash

    When Melon Dash realized that probably half of the 20 adults she was teaching to swim were more concerned about just staying alive in the water than whether they were moving their arms qand legs correctly, she knew there had to be a better way

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    Gerald Dworkin

    Since starting Lifesaving Resources more than two decades ago, Gerald Dworkin has become one of the leading authorities and promoters for the skills and training required to save lives

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    Dr. Bruce Becker

    Some of this decade’s most important aquatics advancements may be attributed to polio

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    Alfred Bernard

    Dr. Alfred Bernard, Ph.D., was never a lifeguard and has never won a medal for aquatic competition

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    Carin Brown

    The aquatics industry is entering the video game age, and the woman leading the charge is Carin Brown

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    Power 25 Reinventors

    One visit to a state-of-the-art facility and it’s clear that aquatics is not the same as it was a decade ago

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    James E. Amburgey, Ph.D

    He might not fit the stereotypical image of a warrior in battle, but through his research, Dr. James Amburgey is one man helping to lead the fight to combat recreational water illnesses

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    Getting the Message

    Yep, teens, for the most part, represent the face of the aquatics facility

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    Saving Grace

    Balance is the basic skill needed for walking, running and virtually all sports

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    Guidelines for Saving Grace

    Maintaining a neutral spine and pelvis, stand upright and shift your weight to support yourself on your right leg

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    Mixing It Up

    Given the recent tough economic times, many organizations have been forced to re-examine the ways in which they conduct business and assess the real needs and desires of their customers

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    Create agility and stability in the water with these exercises designed to improve balance.

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    Your lifeguards scan, but do they see? Help develop essential skills of observation and response with these two exercises.

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    Risk Management

    Chances are, your teen lifeguards use and embrace technologies such as texting and Twitter.