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    Lee Tate

    Lee Tate may have retired from his job as an environmental engineer for the state of Georgia, but he’s not relaxing in a rocking chair or hitting the golf course just yet

     
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    Bob Vincent

    There are approximately 38,000 public pools in Florida, and Bob Vincent is one man overseeing them all

     
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    Doug Sackett

    Doug Sackett has worked in aquatics since he came to the New York State Health Department more than 30 years ago, and in that time he’s been responsible for a lot

     
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    Kathryn Scott

    “One day I’ll grow up and get a real job.” That’s what Kathryn Scott likes to joke when asked about her work

     
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    Amanda Tarrier

    Just nine years ago, Amanda Tarrier was a college student at Wesleyan University, finishing up a degree in earth and environmental science

     
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    Chuck Neuman

    From the time he started his first business, a pool construction company, in 1973, Chuck Neuman has never been afraid to dig into a new project

     
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    Carl Nylander

    Since his days as an age group swimmer in Atlanta, aquatics has become more than a sport for Carl Nylander

     
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    Capt. Charles Otto III

    He hasn’t found a cure for cancer or put an end to the common cold, but the United States is a healthier nation thanks to Capt

     
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    John Linn

    Just as Walt Disney was the man behind the mouse, you might say John Linn is the man behind the whale

     
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    Colleen Maitoza

    You won’t find many environmental health professionals as dedicated to aquatics as Colleen Maitoza

     
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    Ellen Meyer

    For most people, chemistry is just another class they took in high school, but Ellen Meyer sees it as much more

     
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    Franceen Gonzales

    Franceen Gonzales was proud when Great Wolf Lodge opened in Mason, Ohio, in 2006. She was the corporate director of aquatics at Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf Resorts, overseeing operations and maintenance of the company’s nine waterparks.

     
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    Frank Guido

    As assistant Commissioner at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Bureau of Public Health Protection, Frank Guido was responsible for 600 public pools and more than 40 public bathing beaches

     
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    Joe Hunsaker

    Joe Hunsaker has spent a lifetime making his mark in aquatics, first as a national level competitive swimmer, and later as a founder of one of the nation’s leading aquatic design firms, Counsilman-Hunsaker

     
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    Jim Dingman

    He’s never held a political office, but you can still call Jim Dingman a rule maker

     
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    Amy Duck

    Growing up, Amy Duck was probably not one of the kids you’realways reminding to stop running on the pool deck or attempting a dive into water that’s way too shallow

     
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    Jim Dunn

    Jim Dunn has seen quite a revolution in waterparks since he started at Aquatic Development Group in 1987

     
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    Chip Cleary

    If life had worked out differently for Chip Cleary, he might be in Hollywood now, engineering the lighting for the next big film or TV hit

     
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    Ralph Cordell

    Ralph Cordell is a man who sweats the small stuff. As the CDC team lead in the Career Paths to Public Health Program, part of the Science Education and Professional Development Program Office, he has built a career working on infectious diseases and their

     
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    Tracynda Davis

    As a student studying genetic counseling at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Tracynda Davis lived through what became the largest waterborne illness outbreak in U.S. history

     
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    Michael Beatty

    Michael Beatty got his start in aquatics 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, literally.

     
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    Dennis Berkshire

    Aquatics was a seasonal gig that turned into a career for Dennis Berkshire

     
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    Sung Choe

    Until Sung Choe became part of the recreational water program at NSF International in 2004, he had very little to do with aquatics

     
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    Keepers of the Code

    The Model Aquatic Health Code is coming

     
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    James Amburgey, Ph.D.

    One of the leading researchers working to understand how to prevent recreational water illnesses, Dr. James Amburgey was a natural fit to lead the Recirculation Systems and Filtration Technical Committee for the Model Aquatic Health Code project

     
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    Michael Beach, Ph.D.

    Anyone in aquatics who doesn’t already know the name Dr. Michael Beach soon will

     
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    Natural Wonder

    Gural Premier, the five-star beachfront waterpark resort hotel, is located in the Tekirova district of Antalya, Turkey, along the Mediterranean coast

     
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces

    He actually ran toward the bullets

     
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    Owning Originality

    Owners of the Metropolis Resort, which opened in 2009, have gone way outside the box when it comes to theming the 28,000-square-foot Chaos indoor waterpark

     
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    Riding the Current

    Theming has come of age. As the two- and three-dimensional storytelling vehicle for a facility, themes have always been about escapism, whimsy, fancy and the far-fetched

     
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    Aspirations of Authenticity

    When ground breaks for a new Caribbean-themed waterpark project this spring, project director Jim Hale will already have a good sense of how he’s going to bring a tropical escape to the Pacific Northwest

     
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    Going Local

    Jay Peak is one of Vermont’s premier ski resorts

     
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    Lifeguard Sex Scandal Prompts Second Lawsuit

    A 21-year-old former lifeguard has filed what is now the second lawsuit against the Volusia County (Fla.) Beach Patrol alleging sexual misconduct

     
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    NSPF Settles Lawsuit

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation announced that it has received payments resolving a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Nebraska State health Department and three counties

     
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    USA Swimming Names New Team Director

    A University of Arizona swim coach has been hired as USA Swimming’s new national team director

     
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    Major Waterpark Resorts to be Sold at Auction

    Sage Hospitality has put 10 of its 11 Coco Key Water Resort properties up for sale, including locations in Cincinnati; Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Waterbury, Conn

     
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    Top U.S. Swim Coach Cleared in Private Investigation

    USA Swimming found no evidence that an elite coach was having an inappropriate relationship with one of his athletes

     
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    Fatal Suction Entrapment Occurs at Resort

    A 33-year-old guest at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, has died as the result of a suction entrapment

     
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    NRPA Announces End of Stand Alone NAC

    Following the close of the 2011 National Recreation and Park Association’s National Aquatic Conference in San Diego February 19, NRPA has announced that it will no longer hold an annual, stand-alone NAC show. Instead, it will become part of the annu

     
  • A Statement from Dianne Hoover, NRPA President

    NRPA recently announced changes to its national aquatic programming, and as we know and expect that many of our members will have questions, I want to take this opportunity to communicate our vision for 2012 and beyond

     
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    Study Uncovers Link to Asthma, Outdoor Pools

    In what experts believe is the first study linking asthma to outdoor pools, girls who swam in outdoor pools were shown to be at greater risk for asthma, compared to those who swam in indoor pools

     
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    Aquatic Firms Pinched as HOAs Struggle

    With the economy still struggling, some homeowners associations are presenting pool management firms with a dilemma

     
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    Schools Hit with Drowning Lawsuits

    Across the nation, three drowning-related lawsuits have made headlines recently, raising questions over the safety of school-related swimming

     
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    Industry Pros Debut New Association

    Several long-time aquatics professionals have come together to announce the formation of a new industry association

     
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    Parting the Clouds

    Cloudy water might be the No. 1 nemesis of aquatic operators

     
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    On the Hook

    Health, happiness, money, peace of mind — which would you be willing to give up for the rest of your life? Most of us would respond “none of the above

     
  • The Consequences

    An extensive list of positive and negative consequences for lifeguard performance, such as salary bonuses for additional “off the clock” work enhancing patron experiences, participant safety, and/or general program quality

     
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    Rescuing the Rescuers

    Your lifeguards turned out a top-notch performance

     
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    THE ABCs of DBPs

    Water in swimming pools, waterparks, spas and sprayparks (together referred to here for simplicity as “pools”) is disinfected to reduce the risk of illness from contact with various pathogens that are brought into the water

     
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    Air Care

    Operating an indoor waterpark is a lesson in efficiency

     
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    Pool Safely Campaign Set to Heat Up in 2011

    Last year the Consumer Product Safety Commission unveiled this multifaceted campaign to promote pool safety and the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act