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    Water Quality - Water Chemistry Basics

    Managing a water-treatment program for an aquatics facility is like juggling a bowling ball, a soccer ball and three oranges — with a 12-inch butcher knife thrown in.

     
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    Water Quality - Emergency Situations

    No matter how conscientious you are as a pool/spa operator, the time will come when you’ll need to deal with some type of emergency at your facility.

     
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    Water Quality - Water Maintenance Basics

    Maintaining the water quality in any public aquatic venue is not an easy job.

     
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    Risk Management - Insurance Basics

    For most pool operators, insurance is just another necessary cost, a budget item that quite often is too big, and seemingly offers too little in return.

     
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    Risk Management - Protecting Against Liability

    Managing the wide range of risk that exists in the aquatic environment is a constant balancing act.

     
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    Risk Management - Signage

    Largely ignored for decades, water safety signage has, at best, conformed to 1940s guidelines for workplace safety.

     
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    Lifeguarding | The Lifeguard Handbook

    One of the most important ways to communicate your policies to your lifeguards is via a comprehensive staff manual.

     
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    Lifeguard Certification

    Lifeguard “certification” is a means of demonstrating that a person has passed a lifeguard training course.

     
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    Lifeguarding

    One of the most important ways to communicate your policies to your lifeguards is via a comprehensive staff manual.

     
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    Lifeguard In-Service Training

    Think about your lifeguards. How many thousands of rescues have they made?

     
  • Stop the Smear

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    Smart Starts

    Do you have a smartphone? In 2010, for the first time, more smartphones were shipped from factories than personal computers.

     
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    Get Moving with Mobile

    At the heart of recreation and aquatics is one very basic notion: Before any operation can bring in even $1 of revenue, it must successfully persuade customers to move.

     
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    Industry Feels Strain of Recall

    The largest recall in industry history has stretched aquatics facilities to the breaking point.

     
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    Splash Pads Under Strict New Rules

    Spray parks in one Midwestern state are now under the same guidelines as pools.

     
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    APSP Model Code Moves Toward Completion

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the International Code Council are continuing to move forward on development of a new model code.

     
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    Drownings Underreported, Safety Groups Say

    As a result of ongoing concerns regarding the underreporting of drownings in metropolitan areas, safety groups across the country are taking action.

     
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    CPSC Issues Massive Drain Cover Recall

    Editor’s Note: Aquatics International will continue to update this story as it develops. Please check back regularly for updates.

     
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    Budget Deficits Threaten Public Pools

    As swim season shifts into high gear, it appears public pools areonce again fighting for existence, as communities wrestle with ongoing budget issues.

     
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    USA Swimming Partners With Sex Abuse Educator

    USA Swimming is partnering with the firm Praesidium, a national leader in sex abuse risk management, to develop a comprehensive athlete protection education program.

     
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    MAHC Module Up for Public Comment

    Individuals from across the industry have been working with experts at the Centers for Disease Control to develop a Model Aquatic Health Code.

     
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    NDPA Taps New Leader

    Less than a month after losing its executive director, a leading water safety organization has named a replacement.

     
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    CPSC Kicks off Pool Safely

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will kick-off the second year of its national pool and spa public safety campaign,

     
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    ARC Debuts New Training Initiative

    The American Red Cross recently launched a new health and safety training initiative, featuring a two-year certification for first aid and CPR.

     
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    Time Crunch

    I began my aquatic management career opening a new Boys & Girls Club pool facility in a small community near my hometown in East Texas.

     
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    Defusing the Situation

    A lifeguard’s role on the pool deck is multifaceted.

     
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    Home Team

    The last column highlighted the use of national programs and partnerships to increase minority participation in your aquatics programs.

     
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    Nothing But Air

    Have you ever calculated how much urine and sweat are in the average pool? The number might surprise you.

     
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