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Gary Thill liked Pete DeQuincy's blog post Those Spinal Days
Sep 17, 2013
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Lifeguard Challenge

Guards and managers: Up for a#LifeguardChallenge? Watch the VIDEO, read the rules and show us your stuff! More
Sep 16, 2013
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Aug 28, 2013
Gary Thill commented on Kevin Post's blog post Music Videos: Swimmer Re-mix!
"What a great idea, Kevin! Thanks for putting this together... Rock on!"
Jul 23, 2013
Gary Thill commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Committing Blasphemy
"A brave and important blog, Tom! I hope every aquatic pro reads this and that it starts a much needed discussion about drowning myths and how to fight them. Ultimately, this kind of information is what's going to save lives. Thanks for starting…"
Jul 18, 2013
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Learn the basic steps to proper swimming pool care with this catchy and energetic rap video by Matt Giovanisci from
Jun 27, 2013
Gary Thill replied to Kelly Carter's discussion Islam swimming attire
"This is a great question, Kelly. I know that more and more facilities are facing this issue. Look forward to seeing what others have to say. Here's what Fairfax County Park Authority, one of our Best of Aquatics winners, does. "
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Gary Thill commented on Pete DeQuincy's blog post On the Waterfront: Rescue Board Drills for a Flatwater Facility
"Great content as always, Pete. But you've outdone yourself with the pics!!"
Jun 13, 2013
Gary Thill liked Joe Andrews's discussion The biggest problem facing the industry-Looking for help
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Gary Thill replied to Joe Andrews's discussion The biggest problem facing the industry-Looking for help
"Great question, Joe. The answers can be very telling. Look forward to what others have to say!"
Jun 10, 2013
Gary Thill liked Joe Andrews's blog post Preparing for the summer swimming season
Jun 6, 2013
Gary Thill commented on Joe Andrews's blog post Preparing for the summer swimming season
"Great post, Joe! So much lifesaving information in here. I hope everyone reads this!"
Jun 6, 2013
Terri Smith commented on Gary Thill's blog post Showflation
"Hi Gary! Okay, because of the nature of my paid profession, I attend several shows each year, some as an exhibitor and some as an attendee.  I have a unique perspective as, I serve on the AOAP board and I am also as a designer that works with…"
Apr 9, 2013
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"Sounds like a great conference!"
Apr 9, 2013
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Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:41pm 5 Comments

Industry trade shows serve a good purpose. Anyone who attends typically comes away feeling like they've been bettered by the personal interaction and camaraderie that shows engender. This week's AOAP show is a good example. By all accounts it was a great sophomore effort. To put it simply: Everyone loves a good show.

But what happens when there's not just one show, but four, or eight or 12 or 24? That's the reality for a…


Look Who's NOT Talking

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:31pm 2 Comments

The contrast could not have been more stark. I was standing at the Pool & Spa News booth at the International Expo talking to an icon of the…


Raise Your Voice

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments

When I announced my departure as editor of Aquatics International, I assured everyone that in my new role, I'd continue to to have a voice for the industry. This blog is a fulfillment of that promise. Starting today, I'll be blogging weekly on AI Connect each Monday. I hope you'll bookmark my blog and continue checking back for my latest posts. But I know everyone's busy. So to make sure you don't miss this blog and select posts from industry thought leaders such as Tom Griffiths, we'll be…


The Winner of the Fix My Facility Contest Is...

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 9:31am 0 Comments

AQUATICS INTERNATIONAL received some great submissions from industry members who would love to give their facilities a renovation fix. While the judging was difficult, ultimately, Richelle Harvey with the Aqua…


Goodbye, Hello

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 3:46pm 3 Comments

I’ve written a lot of columns in my nearly 10 years as editor of Aquatics International. But this one is the most difficult. This is the one where I say goodbye to a magazine I’ve come to love like a child and a group of professionals I’ve gotten to know like family.

Our November/December issue of the magazine is the last in which my name will appear on the masthead as editor. And as with so many good byes, this one is bittersweet. The bitter part is knowing how much I will miss…


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At 12:04pm on August 2, 2011, Charles Logan said…
At 7:03pm on April 5, 2011, Dave Cutler said…
Gary, just got my issue of AI. Congratulations on your well-deserved award. Outstanding!
At 11:19am on June 18, 2010, Linda G. Green said…
Why, thank you, Mr. Thill.

At 2:35pm on March 30, 2010, Chad Crandall said…
Thank you very much, Gary. It's great to find at the industry talking about what is going on and how to improve. Keep up the great work! -Chad
At 8:31am on February 11, 2010, Ray Lauenstein said…
Gary - Thanks, I actually work at Aquatic Development Group in the equipment systems division as a Business Development Manager. I am hoping that joining this group will help continue my professional development in the industry by learning more about the day to day challenges the aquatics industry faces. In addition I thought it would be a good group to bounce product and product application ideas off of. Thanks for all that you do for the industry.

Ray Lauenstein
Business Development Manager
Aquatic Development Group
At 1:03pm on January 29, 2010, Jordan Zeunges said…
Hi Gary,

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, I'm looking forward to getting more familiar with the site.

Thanks again,
Jordan Zeunges
At 2:31pm on June 25, 2009, Charles Logan said…
Great idea with the AI Connect. I would like to chat with you sometime in the near future about the direction of professional aquatic organizations and some ideas for the future. AI has been mentioned prominently with talk about some great ideas.

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