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    Case for Covers

    They are too heavy to work with! It takes too much time to store them in the morning and deploy them at night. They use too much manpower to operate.

     
  • To the Rescue

    Over the years, I’ve used this column as a place to rail against everything from lifeguard pay to lack of industry cooperation.

     
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    The Right Mix

    It wasn’t the first time Alison Osinski had seen such a scenario. Undoubtedly, everyone involved from the Texas town (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) thought they were doing a good thing.

     
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    Blaming the Victim

    It was early in my aquatics career, and I was guarding at a well-known resort on a beautiful, hot, sunny day.

     
  • Rapid Response

    Lifeguards, for the most part, sit or stand in the same place for prolonged periods of time, viewing the same view, having little or no conversation and limited mental stimuli.

     
  • Wisconsin Implements VGB Act

    As the July 1 deadline for documentation of progress or compliance with the VGB Act approaches,

     
  • New Rides Debuting

    Several waterparks will debut new rides this spring.

     
  • New Study Reveals DBP Dangers to Infant Swimmers

    New research published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests children who begin to swim in chlorinated pools before age 2 may be at increased risk for bronchiolitis, a lung infection, as well as asthma and allergies later in life.

     
  • Phelps Makes Announcement

    Michael Phelps has announced that that the London Olympics in 2012 will be his last. He plans to retire from professional competitive swimming when he turns 30 in 2015.

     
  • “Public Pools” Up for Public Comment

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is now accepting public comments on a proposed definition for a “public accommodations facility” as expressed in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

     
  • Experts Fear Overlap from Competing Codes

    Representing a first for the aquatics industry, it appears there may be two new sets of standards in place by 2012.

     
  • Controversial Club Sued for Discrimination

    Huntingdon Valley Swim Club, the facility that received national criticism after turning away a camp group of 56 minority children,is on the receiving end of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department.

     
  • Help for Haiti

    Jan. 12, 2010, will be seared into the minds of Haitians foryears to come.

     
  • Pool Code Named ANSI Standard

    The 2009 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code now is an American National Standard, ANSI

     
  • Standard for Technical Rescue

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) establishes standards for the Fire and Rescue industry. In February 2004, they published NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

     
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    Compatibility Issues

    I’ve always advocated the need for aquatics facilities to collaborate and coordinate lifeguard and water rescue training and emergency operations with community fire, rescue, emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies.

     
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    Running on Empty

    On July 29, 2009, Seattle was blazing. The Emerald City had just reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history.

     
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    Stable Moves

    Stability training teaches the body to stabilize muscles to provide dynamic joint balance and balanced posture during functional exercise.