February 2008 Table of Contents

Hidden Powers Editor's Desk Hidden Powers

Dec. 19, 2007, is a day that will go down in the annals of aquatics history Read more

Great Experience LifeSavers Great Experience

Each spring at pools across the country, aquatics administrators begin to hire lifeguards Read more

Newsroom President Signs Pool-Safety Law

In a move sure to have long-lasting implications for the aquatics industry, President George W. Bush has signed the first-ever federal pool and spa safety legislation Read more

Newsroom Industry Icon Jules Field Passes Away

Former Aquatics International owner, publisher and industry pioneer Jules Field died Feb. 9 of pneumonia in Orange County, Calif. Read more

Newsroom Swimming with the Fishes

Dr. Doolittle would be proud Read more

Newsroom CDC Outbreak Reporting Set to Go Online

Hoping to give aquatics operators faster data about recreational water illness outbreaks and curb the spread of those outbreaks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta will launch an electronic RWI reporting system this spring. Read more

Coming Up for Air Risk Management Coming Up for Air

Hyperventilation, breath-holding, shallow-water blackout and hypoxic training are terms that can be confusing, especially when trying to determine which safety policies to follow. Read more

Special Report The Power 25

For four years running, we’ve kept you up to date on the latest movers and shakers in the industry with our annual Power 25 issue. Read more

Tom Sheehan - ATTORNEY Power 25 Tom Sheehan - ATTORNEY

As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, Tom Sheehan worked five seasons as a ride mechanic at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. So you might say the amusement industry got into his blood. Read more

Jeffrey Sloan - ALLY Power 25 Jeffrey Sloan - ALLY

Though Jeffrey Sloan is not a pool operator, he probably knows more about chlorine than you do. Read more

Debbie Wasserman Schultz - POLICY MAKER Power 25 Debbie Wasserman Schultz - POLICY MAKER

Dec. 19, 2007, was a monumental day for the aquatics industry, thanks in large part to U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). Read more

Linda Quan - RESEARCHER Power 25 Linda Quan - RESEARCHER

Here’s one for the irony files: Dr. Linda J. Quan, one of the industry’s leading drowning prevention advocates and researchers for the past 30 years, was raised by nonswimming parents who were afraid to go in water above their knees. Read more

Bill Ryan - ARCHITECT Power 25 Bill Ryan - ARCHITECT

His name may not be familiar, but his work probably is. Bill Ryan, vice president/ COO at Architectural Design Consultants, was responsible for developing the initial concept prototype design for the Great Wolf Lodge resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Read more

David Sangree - CONSULTANT Power 25 David Sangree - CONSULTANT

Without David Sangree, today’s indoor waterpark resort industry might look very different. Read more

Nelson Migdal - ATTORNEY Power 25 Nelson Migdal - ATTORNEY

Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Trump — these are some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry, and Nelson Migdal has had a hand in some of their most high-profile projects. Read more

Charles Otto - POLICY Power 25 Charles Otto - POLICY

When Charles Otto was awarded swimming and lifesaving merit badges from the Boy Scouts of America as a youngster, he couldn’t have known that a few years later he would put those skills to use rescuing a young child. Read more

R. Wayne Pierce - ATTORNEY Power 25 R. Wayne Pierce - ATTORNEY

As national counsel and consultant for a number of waterparks, theme parks and other entertainment venues and industry trade groups, perhaps no one is a bigger advocate for the waterpark industry than attorney and author R. Wayne Pierce. Read more

Bil Kennedy - CONSULTANT Power 25 Bil Kennedy - CONSULTANT

When PK Data President Bil Kennedy and his team completed its first Commercial Pool Industry Statistics Report in 1998, there was so little data on the industry that they had to start from scratch. Read more

Judy LaKind - RESEARCHER Power 25 Judy LaKind - RESEARCHER

Is there a link between swimming and childhood asthma? Millions of dollars in potential liability and facility retrofits hang on this one question. And a key person leading the charge for answers is Dr. Judy LaKind. Read more

Dan Martin - CONSULTANT Power 25 Dan Martin - CONSULTANT

When Walt Disney was planning to develop his first theme park, he turned to Buzz Price for help in creating an economic model that would solidify the business plan. Read more

Ron Gilbert – ATTORNEY Power 25 Ron Gilbert – ATTORNEY

Alot has changed since the 1970s, when attorney Ron Gilbert began litigating aquatics-related injury cases — but not his passion for aquatic safety. Read more

Linda Golodner - ALLY Power 25 Linda Golodner - ALLY

What do your patrons know about healthy pools? Perhaps more than you might think, thanks to Linda Golodner, president emeritus of the National Consumers League. Read more

Mark C. Hatchel - ARCHITECT Power 25 Mark C. Hatchel - ARCHITECT

A landscape architect by training, Mark Hatchel stumbled into working with the aquatics industry almost by chance. Read more

Rick Fedrizzi - POLICY MAKER Power 25 Rick Fedrizzi - POLICY MAKER

Blue may be the color of choice in the industry, but if Rick Fedrizzi, has anything to do with it, aquatics professionals may be seeing a lot more green Read more

Doug Flora - INSURER Power 25 Doug Flora - INSURER

You may not see an obvious connection between roller-skating and aquatics, but Doug Flora, senior producer at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, found one Read more

Michael Conaghan - FINANCIER Power 25 Michael Conaghan - FINANCIER

Michael Conaghan may have left the lifeguard stands and starting blocks behind him a long time ago, but he is making more waves in the aquatics industry than ever Read more

Bob Craycraft - ALLY Power 25 Bob Craycraft - ALLY

Think of Bob Craycraft as a sort of missing link between resorts and aquatics Read more

Rick D'Aprile - INSURER Power 25 Rick D'Aprile - INSURER

Talk about starting from the bottom. Rick D’Aprile, who heads one of the largest insurance firms in the industry, spent several summers at the Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, Conn., where he did everything from ride operator to concessi Read more

Brian Bilbray - POLICY MAKER Power 25 Brian Bilbray - POLICY MAKER

Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) spends a considerable amount of time away from the Southern California beaches he lifeguarded in his youth, but he still has water in his veins Read more

Ernest 'Chip' Blatchley - RESEARCHER Power 25 Ernest 'Chip' Blatchley - RESEARCHER

Back when Ernest “Chip” R. Blatchley III was a lifeguard and competitive swimmer, he was probably didn’t give much thought to the disinfection byproducts he was inhaling Read more

Curt Caffey - FINANCIER Power 25 Curt Caffey - FINANCIER

Big money is the name of the game for Curt Caffey Read more

James Amburgey – RESEARCHER Power 25 James Amburgey – RESEARCHER

James Amburgey has always loved water, but he also knows how dangerous it can be without proper water quality management Read more

Craig Barker - POLICY MAKER Power 25 Craig Barker - POLICY MAKER

Though Craig Barker never worked as a lifesaver, that’s exactly what he’s become Read more

Warning Signs Tech Talk Warning Signs

In 1999, a large flower and consumer show was held in the Netherlands. One vendor set up several display spas. Read more

Ring Master Water Fitness Ring Master

Imagine a woman with severe kyphosis (excessive outward curvature of the spine) who enters a physical therapy clinic. In what position should the therapist place her to be able to work on her complaints? Read more

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