Over the past year, we've had many conversations with aquatics professionals about how we can better serve you.
Two things came up time and time again: First of all, more of our readers are accessing our content online rather than in print. Given our readership, which comprises digital-savvy young lifeguards and pool operators, that's hardly surprising. On a related note, we learned that more of you prefer watching videos about lifeguard training to reading them.
Well, we've taken these comments to heart. I'm pleased to announce that in 2018, AI will be going all digital, with nine editions slated for the year. Now everyone can have their own electronic copy, conveniently accessed via any mobile device. (And if you find yourself surrounded by envious colleagues as you read each new issue of AI on your phone or tablet, be sure to tell them they can get their own free subscriptions here.)
The beauty of digital editions, of course, is that they enable us to make your reading experience more interactive, with the addition of slide shows, links and videos.
Speaking of videos, we have an exciting new program for this year. Building on the success and popularity of our annual Summer Lifeguard Video Challenge, AI's resident lifeguarding expert, Pete DeQuincy, will be presenting a series of training videos — one for every week of the year. We're calling them Weekly Warm-Ups, and they're designed to be fully customizable training sessions that you can incorporate into your own in-service training.
And if you've ever been lucky enough to see Pete in action, you know what an inspiring force of nature he is in the pool. He's generously spent his time sharing his wealth of knowledge in these videos. We owe him a debt of gratitude, and after watching his tutorials, you will, too.