• The Recall: Really!?!

    That’s the name of a popular “Saturday Night Live” skit in which “anchor” Seth Meyers reports the latest news of the day with incredulous skepticism and disgust.

     
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    Best of Aquatics Call for Entries Announced

    Aquatics International is currently accepting entries for our 2011 Best of Aquatics contest, which celebrates the industry’s outstanding pools and waterparks — including public, private and nonprofit operations.

     
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    CPSC Reveals Summer Drowning Stats, Problem States

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign released its 2011 summer snapshot of the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents across America.

     
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    Popular Resort Sued for Entrapment

    The family of an entrapment victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sandals Resorts International and several manufacturers.

     
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    Few Parents Enforce Shower-Before-Pool Rules that Prevent Illness from Waterparks

    Waterparks offer families a chance to have fun and be physically active.

     
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    Drain Cover Standard Undergoes Changes

    The safety standard for suction outlet covers is under review and the committee making changes is near completion.

     
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    Bizarre Drowning Leads to Mass Pool Closing, Investigation

    Massachusetts closed 30 public pools (including four in Worcester County) temporarily after a woman’s body was found floating in a public pool in Fall River recently.

     
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    Shigella Cases Lead to Strict Toddler Pool Rules

    Children in Northern Kentucky who are not potty trained must stay out of public pools, even when wearing swim diapers.

     
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    Lifeguard Texting Spells Trouble

    What’s your policy on lifeguard cell phone use? Last summer, media outlets across the nation called attention to a potentially deadly practice: lifeguards texting while on duty.

     
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    Recall Enforcement Raises Questions

    It’s been nearly two months since the industry’s largest-ever product recall, and enforcement remains uncertain.

     
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    Energy Auditing Course to Launch

    A new online course is launching this month, to teach aquatics professionals how to evaluate the energy consumption of pools or spas.

     
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    Swimmer’s Ear Costs Half a Billion

    Swimmer’s ear costs nearly $500 million in annual health care costs and accounts for close to 2.4 million in doctor visits annually, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

     
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    IAPMO Withdraws from Drain Standard

    On the heels of a federal investigation into safety drain covers that raised questions about a testing agency’s methods and led to a massive recall of drain covers, the agency in question has officially withdrawn from its co-leadership position on a

     
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    Drain Cover Recall Leaves Questions, Confusion

    Aquatics professionals were left scrambling in the wake of a pre-Memorial Day weekend federal recall of approximately 1 million drain covers — and wondering about timing and cost of the action.

     
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    California Seeks Comments on Pool Standards Update

    The California Building Standards Commission has issued a proposed building code for commercial pools and waterparks on behalf of the California Department of Public Health.

     
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    CDC Announces RWI Prevention Video contest

    To help prevent the spread of germs at recreational water venues (such as pools, lakes, and waterparks), CDC is asking the public to educate swimmers by making a short, creative video that promotes the simple steps everyone can take to ensure a healthy sw

     
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    Emergency Action

    On the 70th day of a 79-day season, what most of us thought was a regular Sunday at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains, N.Y., turned into a day we would never forget.