• Work With Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has been put through the wringer in the past few months for its initial decision to change — and, in many cases, dramatically raise — pricing for its learn-to-swim programs

     
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    Techs Find ‘Too Many Variables’ in Fill Water

    Service technicians are reporting unusual fluctuations in the chemical composition of fill water throughout the Sunbelt states.

     
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    Study Shows Swimming Improves Vascular Function

    New research shows that regular swimming exercise can improve vascular health and lower blood pressure.

     
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    Apollo Global to Acquire Great Wolf

    An affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC and Great Wolf Resorts announced Wednesday that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Apollo, a leading global asset manager, will acquire Great Wolf, North America’s largest family of i

     
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    Senate Bill Battles ADA

    A Senate bill has been introduced to prevent enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act on commercial pools and spas.

     
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    Red Cross Cuts Swim Fees

    Responding to months of criticism over increased learn-to-swim fees, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday it will significantly reduce those costs.

     
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    What Will It Cost You?

     
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    Additional Discounts

    On the heels of the revised Red Cross pricing for swim lessons, the National Recreation and Park Associationhas announced two other savings options available with other providers to its members.

     
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    ADA Ruling: No Sharing Portable Lifts

    Ahead of the upcoming March 15 compliance deadline, the Department of Justice has issued an interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act revised 2010 standards that shoots down many facilities’ compliance plans involving portable lifts.

     
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    Drowning Prevention Efforts Are Expanding

    As drowning becomes a bigger focus nationwide, prevention efforts are beginning to stretch outside the bounds of aquatics.

     
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    Commercial Construction Shows Promising Start

    Pool builders across the country are reporting new activity on the commercial front.

     
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    Frustration Persists with Red Cross Pricing, Service

    Some Red Cross providers remain frustrated with costs and customer service despite lower swim fees announced earlier this month.

     
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    Outbreak Spawns Class Action Lawsuit

    A class action lawsuit has been filed in the state of New York,potentially involving as many as 2,700 people who allegedly weresickened from a 2008 norovirus outbreak at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterparkin Queensbury

     
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    ADA Deadline Lacks Sense of Urgency

    When the Americans with Disabilities Act standards compliance deadline of March 15 was originally announced, some professionals likened it to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

     
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    Studies Linking Pools, Asthma ‘Flawed’

    The Belgian Superior Health Council has concluded that a series of studies published by a team of Belgian researchers does not provide clear evidence that swimming in chlorinated pools poses an asthma risk.

     
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    Power Scrubbing 

    Promoting someone before they are prepared is a mistake many managers make. It happens even more often in aquatics because of the youthful seasonal staffs, which make up the majority of our work force. I learned the hard way what can develop when this occ

     
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    Closer Examination 

    The average aquatic management staff is very busy. Staff training, including lifeguard courses, often are conducted at specific times that correspond to available instructor staff, pool space and budget.

     
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    Safety Factors 

    In April 2009, a committee was formed to develop the Risk Management/Safety Module for the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code.

     
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    Get with the Program

    When the city of Monterey Calif., opened Monterey Sports Centerin 1992, it was very much a typical family aquatics center, geared toward recreation, leisure and swim lessons, says William Rothschild, fitness manager. 

     
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    Beyond Leisure 

    Here’s a look at how you can use typical elements of a leisure pool to bring health and wellness to your facility.

     
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    5 Ways to Pump Up Your Programming

    So you’ve decided you’re ready to offer health and programming at your leisure facility. Next you need practical ideas to get you there. Here are five operator-tested strategies to pump things up — for you and your facility.

     
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    Changing Red Cross 

    The American Red Cross is making a number of changes to update its health and safety offerings, and to transform its aquatics and other life-saving programs to deliver stronger courses more consistently across the country.