Melanie Sparks
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"Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Sparks Sep 11, 2011. 12 Replies

I am looking for ideas/tips/programs that help increase  (or maintain) numbers at the pool during the Fall/Winter season. Do you offer an aqua winter camp? Different water fitness classes? Programs…Continue

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Pool closed after drowned woman not found for 2 days

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Sparks Jul 4, 2011. 2 Replies

This is an incredible story about a women who drowned in a public pool and was not discovered for days! It is really an unthinkable tragedy for her family and community. We must support, supervise…Continue

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Melanie Sparks replied to Kristin O'Neill's discussion Do you swim?
"I know!!! That happened to me a couple of times - some of my mature members are really fast swimmers, so I was an real inspiration to the fair-to-intermediate group."
Nov 4, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Kristin O'Neill's discussion Do you swim?
"I just started a swimming workout routine this past summer to encourage some of the older members of my facility to swim again. It was tough the first couple of times, but now I feel great!"
Nov 3, 2011
Sarah Carlos and Melanie Sparks are now friends
Sep 20, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Hi Lisa  - We are going to try the Float -In (or Dive In) movie idea this fall - thanks again!"
Sep 11, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Hey Cory - We are going to try and make a cardboard boat to show my manager - will send you pics when it is completed - thanks again!"
Sep 11, 2011
Melanie Sparks posted a status
"Summer's over (sad face). Are you thinking of ways to winterize your pool programming? Check out my discussion on AI http://ning.it/qUvSwn"
Sep 9, 2011
Melanie Sparks joined Mike Espino's group
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Sep 9, 2011
Lisa Phillips replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Sure, our evnet will be held on December 10. I will jump back on here and put up a link afterward."
Sep 9, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"That sounds great! Could I see the pics on fickr? I have an account ( though I don't use it often.)"
Sep 9, 2011
Lisa Phillips replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"The scuba shop we are partnering with is really getting in to it. They are building a sleigh that Santa and the child will both be able to sit in for the picture. The scuba shop is providing the sleigh, Santa, his suit, camera, etc. We are going to…"
Sep 9, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Thanks Lisa for sharing those ideas - I especially like the Underwater Pictures with Santa!"
Sep 9, 2011
Lisa Phillips replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"We attempt to hold a Special Event of some sort at least every two months. It brings people in to the facility, which reminds that what a fun place it is to go. Best advertising you can do, plus usually get alot of free publicity from news media…"
Sep 9, 2011
Sarah Carlos replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Thanks! This is an awsome idea, we have a highschool across the street that uses our rec center for their physical education.. I can see this as being a fun alternative to the usual laps and h2o basketball that they do in the pool. Combines a bit of…"
Sep 8, 2011
Cory replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"Cardboard and duct-tape only; one year we had to disqualify someone who wrapped their kayak in cardboard and tape.  We have a small current channel that's part of the "course" so we tell people to make sure their boat will fit…"
Sep 8, 2011
Sarah Carlos replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"This sounds like an interesting idea! What were the perimeters that people used to build their cardboard boats? Size, allowed materials, etc. Thanks! Sarah"
Sep 7, 2011
Melanie Sparks replied to Melanie Sparks's discussion "Winterizing" Your Aquatic Programming
"I love that idea - thanks for sharing!  "
Aug 30, 2011

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