October 2010 Table of Contents

VGB x 1,000? Editor's Desk VGB x 1,000?

For the aquatics industry, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act confirmed the worst fears about government regulation: It was carelessly crafted, poorly communicated, arbitrarily enforced and blindly implemented. Read more

Going in Depth  Lessons Learned Going in Depth 

In my years as an operator, one of the most difficult skills to master has been the art of delegating tasks Read more

Going Blind  Lifesavers Going Blind 

It’s the start of the season. Your guards are ready to go!  Skills are sharp Read more

Cracking the Code  Model Aquatic Health Code Cracking the Code 

When officials in Charleston, S.C., heard that their state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control was going to start enforcing its lifeguard standard this year, they immediately closed half of the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool.  Read more

News Negative Press Hounds Industry

Pop the champagne and start counting down, 2010 is almost over and it’s time to start looking ahead.  Read more

News Millions Awarded for VGB Education

A number of industry groups recently were awarded millions of dollars in federal contracts to provide training and education on drowning prevention, as well as swimming pool and spa safety Read more

News USA Swimming Boosts Athlete Protection

In light of several well-publicized lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by USA Swimming coaches (46 are now permanently banned by the organization), USA Swimming has formally passed several measures at its recent House of Delegates meeting. Read more

News Highly Publicized Studies Link Cancer, DBPs 

Three recently released research papers that were played up in the national media have provided new insight on disinfection byproducts — and their potentially harmful effects. Read more

News Ellis Expands Offerings to Nonclient Facilities 

Jeff Ellis & Associates is growing its portfolio of services, making its International Lifeguard Training Program available to nonclient aquatics facilities, resorts, individual lifeguard instructors and more. Read more

Coded Language  Risk Management Coded Language 

In the development of the Model Aquatic Health Code, one of the more challenging technical committees has been the group tackling lifeguarding/bather supervision. Read more

Clarifying the Code  Viewpoint Clarifying the Code 

In the United States, there is no federal regulatory authority for disinfected recreational venues; all pool codes are developed, reviewed and approved by state and/or local public health officials. Read more

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