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    Show and Tell

    They’re here! The latest and greatest new waterpark ride designs include everything from large slides to smaller play features, and for 2012, it’s all about outdoing what has come before. Here’s a closer look at what some of the major manufacturers are un

     
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    Time for Therapy

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There is no recession in aquatic therapy or rehab.

     
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    Market Potential

    Simply being in the water is good for the body.

     
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    Sweet Dreams

    Visitors to Dream Island waterpark are transported into a Jurassic-themed “lost world” that’s a dream come true for aquatics aficionados.

     
  • Four for the Future

    Last year, I went out on a limb and made predictions about important trends that would shape 2011 for aquatics.

     
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    Brain Damaged Woman Awarded $7 Million

    A near-drowning victim who has sustained permanent brain damage will receive $7 million from Erie County, New York

     
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    Neptune-Benson Acquires Lawson Aquatics

    Neptune-Benson Inc., a manufacturer of commercial pool filtration systems, has acquired the business of Lawson Aquatics Inc., a manufacturer of main drain and rim-flow system components.

     
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    Study Shows Pools May Affect Hormone Levels in Boys

    A recent study indicates that boys who swam in indoor chlorinated pools had concentrations of inhibin B (a testicular hormone biomarker) and total testosterone about 20 percent lower than those of boys who swam in a pool disinfected with copper–silver ion

     
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    Colorado Springs Announces Dissolution of Pool Partnership

    The city of Colorado Springs will not renew its partnership with Swim Colorado, the private swim school operation that has been operating pools for the city since 2010.

     
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    Study:Children’s Drowning Injuries, Deaths Decline

    The number of children who have died or been injured due to drowning incidents has declined in recent years, according to a new study.

     
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    Embattled Red Cross Launches New Guard Program

    The American Red Cross will launch its updated lifeguard training program next month amid lingering customer tension and defection caused by an abrupt pricing policy change in July.

     
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    Looking to 2012, Industry Optimism Abounds

    If industry Zeitgeist is to be believed, the year 2012 is going to be a good one for aquatics.

     
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    Techs Are Avoiding VGB Work

    Many service technicians are no longer comfortable performing work meant to bring about compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act.

     
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    USA Swimming Hit with 6th Lawsuit

    A sixth civil lawsuit involving sexual abuse allegations has been filed against USA Swimming and others, while a settlement was reached in the initial 2010 case.

     
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    To the Rescue

    Few jobs are as challenging and emotionally rewarding as being an aquatics director.

     
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    Watch the Watchers

    Because a drowning can happen quickly, training lifeguards to be vigilant at all times while on duty is crucial to their success.

     
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    Know the Drill

    Elements of the rescue(Include whether the lifeguard(s) and emergency team members were successful or unsuccessful in a particular element. Include comments as appropriate)

     
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    2012 New Products:EIGHT

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:SIX

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:SEVEN

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:THREE

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:FOUR

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:FIVE

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    2012 New Products:ONE

    Looking for a way to take your facility to the next level in the new year?

     
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    2012 New Products:TWO

    Take your facility to the next level in the new year with these innovative products.

     
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    Quality Control

    There are a lot of misunderstood concepts and myths in the aquatics industry.

     
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    Rewarding Loyalty

    What do they want now?” Admit it, you’ve said this a few times, referring to your season pass holders.

     
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    Pumphouse Waterpark at Jay Peak Resort

    Rides in the Pump House include Double Barrel, a dual FlowRider surfing attraction that gives two guests at a time the chance to tackle waves on boogie boards; and a long lazy river that travels the perimeter of the park and includes some rapids elements.

     
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    Lubura Waterpark

    The expansion of China’s Lubura Waterpark added four attractions to an existing wave pool and water slide mix.

     
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    Palm Beach at Moody Gardens

    Transforming a singular concrete swimming pool into a full-scale family and group-friendly waterpark experience entailed combining waterpark excitement with the existing “Palm Beach” theming, which included a popular sandy beach offering, palm trees and other lush vegetation.

     
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    Penticton Community Centre

    The $23 million Penticton Community Centre renovation addressed a growing demand for recreation amenities.

     
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    Tiko’s Watering Hole at Kalahari Resort

    The new children’s area at the Wisconsin Dells Kalahari replaced an underutilized activity pool.

     
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    Kettle Moraine YMCA

    Completed in 2011 at a cost of $4.6 million, the Kettle Moraine YMCA project features a new recreational pool addition, complementing the existing lap pool, whirlpool and therapy pool.

     
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    Liberty Lagoon

    The basic concept for Liberty Lagoon was to create a man-made river (bayou) as the heart of the park, surrounded by a nice variety of rides for kids from tots to teens.

     
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    Cumming Aquatic Center

    In addition to two indoor pools — including a 50-meter competition pool with seating for 750 spectators and a 25-yard instructional pool — the Cumming Aquatic Center also sports an outdoor leisure pool featuring a water slide and lazy river that provides fun for kids of all ages.

     
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    Garvey Park Splash Zone

    Renovated in 2011, Garvey Park Splash Zone now includes 27,509 square feet of aquatic space.

     
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    Grand Prairie Aquatics & Multiplex

    Designed to LEED standards, the aquatics facility is part of the Community Knowledge Campus.

     
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    Black Bob Bay Aquatic Center

    Completed in 2010, the $3.7 million renovation of Black Bob Bay Aquatic Center updated an existing traditional lap pool used primarily by local competitive swimmers.

     
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    The Cove Waterpark – Jurupa Aquatic Center

    Soon after the decision was made to proceed with development of the Jurupa aquatics facility, it was decided that sustainability was of paramount importance for the success of the project.

     
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    Tri City Court Club SplashDown Cove Water Park

    Tri-City Court Club added SplashDown Cove Waterpark to boost its membership, especially during the summer months.

     
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    Tiger Shark Waterpark

    In undertaking a $1.7 million renovation project the city of Saint James, Mo., created a modern efficient facility that reimagined an exisiting pool.

     
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    Wounded Warrior Hope & Care Center

    The design focus was to create a holistic, integrated, healing environment to support the mission of the Wounded Warrior program.

     
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    Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center

    Opened in 2010 at a cost of $8.25 million, the Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center features 27,000 square feet of aquatic space.

     
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    Skiatook Central Park Splashpad

    The 5,000-square-foot splashpad is part of a park project designed to be a first-of-its kind town park that creates a flexible recreation destination for the region and gives locals a place to picnic, play, and be active.

     
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    Stephen Sorensen Park

    The spraypark at Stephen Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles, Calif., was completed in 2011 at a cost of $700,000.