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    Mark Your Calendar

    Highlight new classes, events and employment opportunities.

     
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    Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

     
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    New England State Considering Cutting Pool Inspections

    New Hampshire may become the first state to eliminate its pool inspection program to balance its budget.

     
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    O.C. Lifeguard Pay Under Fire

    Lifeguard pay in one Orange County, Calif., city has some calling for a review.

     
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    Open Water Swimming Group Frustrated with FINA

    USA Swimming’s Open Water Commission has released new safety recommendations.

     
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    Pending Law to Impact Public Pools

    Thousands of commercial pools and spas across Florida will be subject to new safety standards under a bill that awaits the governor’s signature.

     
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    Major Waterpark Resort Partners with Coca-Cola

    Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., has signed on to a five-year partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, making Coca-Cola the “Official Beverage Partner” of the company.

     
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    NDPA Director Steps Down

    Kristin Goffman, a founding board member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, has resigned as its executive director.

     
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    New Aquatic Group Announces Trade Show

    Just weeks after its launch, the newly formed Association of Aquatic Professionals has announced plans to host its inaugural Conference & Trade Show.

     
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    Record Drowning Deaths Reported — Why?

    Arizona has recorded double the number of drowning deaths so far this year and officials are struggling to figure out why, and what can be done to prevent any additional tragedies.

     
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    Groundbreaking Conference Addresses Open Water Safety

    In a first for the open water swimming community, race directors, swimmers and other aquatics experts came together for the inaugural Open Water Swimming Safety Conference.

     
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    Waterparks Set to Splash Into Summer with New Attractions

    As summer kicks off, many waterparks are introducing attractions.

     
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    Aquatic Safety Initiatives Ready to Kick Off Summer Blitz

    With May coming quickly, you’re probably busy with last-minute preparations for the summer swim season.

     
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    Don’t Sweat It

    It was a weekday afternoon when the intercom came on. “Kathy, there’s a guy down here in the main pool swimming in a sweat suit.

     
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    Beyond the Basics

    At one point in time, lifeguard training courses fulfilled the majority of needs for most aquatics programs.

     
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    Vested Interest

    There is no way to guarantee a child will be safe in an aquatic environment. However, there are ways to decrease the risks associated with visiting a pool.

     
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    Accessing ADA

    After more than 20 years on the books, the Americans with Disabilities Act now includes provisions that officially address aquatics facilities.

     
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    Nothing’s Perfect

    As with any kind of building regulation, those familiar with the pool/spa requirements now part of the ADA have already run into tough spots, wrestling with seeming contradictions they believe may actually compromise those with physical impairments.

     
  • Less Is More

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program concluded a successful grant project thanks to funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.