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Turn Your Swimming Pool Into A Fire Truck

I want to re introduce you to Mark Urban a pioneer in pool valve technology. Mark like many of us has supported the pool industry for over 30 years, some of us have even labeled him the" Nutty Professor".

Nutty or not Mark has developed the popular Flow Reversal Valve, Share a Heater Valve, and now the Fire Plug Valve. The fire plug valve is what I am going to highlight today.

Mark developed a valve that can turn any… Continue

Added by James Kantorowicz on September 24, 2009 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

Looking for Leaders

Aquatic and Recreation Leaders (Directors, Supervisors, Operation managers…whatever the name) must take an active role as a leader. Leaders are seen, not hidden. All levels of management must be engaged with all levels of employees in their organization and have some appearance that they care what goes on in their facilities.

Too often lifeguards fail to see or have any contact with management personnel. Some staff only see senior facility staff when something goes critically wrong.… Continue

Added by Leland Yarger on September 21, 2009 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

VGB Act fot Crypto? It's Up to You.

The Crypto issue may become the next knee jerk reaction federal law. Crypto is clearly a life-threatening issue for aquatic facilities and like entrapment it is not new. All that is needed now is an individual with great political influence to help enact another federal law. This could easily take place because the majority of pool operators, facility owners and local and state health inspectors largely ignore the topics that create situations that lead to a crypto outbreak. Unless facilities… Continue

Added by Leland Yarger on September 21, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

The Mother of Reinvention

People of a certain age will get a jolt of nostalgia when they read these next three words: School House Rock. That was the name of the educational musical cartoon shorts that ran on Saturday mornings between “Scooby-Doo” and “Bugs Bunny.” There was “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and the one I’m thinking about today, “Mother Necessity.”

In that funky ‘70s musical style, “Mother Necessity” explained… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on September 21, 2009 at 10:22am — No Comments

VGB Enforcement-It has begun!!!

A word to those who were trying to dodge the CPSC on VGB compliance-The time is up!! At least it is in Ohio. Last week about half a dozen facilities received the following letter Names have been removed for privacy purposes.


That's right the CPSC is coming to a town near you. From what we can gather they are actively seeking out facilities. In other… Continue

Added by Bob Willard on September 21, 2009 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Hard Times and Simple Appearances

Aquatic Director's and Supervisor's should make every effort to educate their staff about simple appearances on the job.

If patrons see staff (even "down shift" lifeguards) sitting or laying around, reading, texting, making what appear to be personal calls or simply looking could result in bad PR or worse.

As many aquatic leaders know, there is always something needing to be completed at the aquatic complex. Cleaning may top this list, but also conducting… Continue

Added by Leland Yarger on September 18, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

Comment on September 09 Editorial

In the September 2009 editorial by Gary Thill, “The Price of Heroism”, Gary makes some great points and while I agree with him, there are some additional issues involved. Here are two more factors that directly impact the editorials theme:

1. From the editorial: “2009 maybe one of the deadliest drowning years on record”. Undoubtedly there are many factors that influence drowning, but unfortunately, one may have just been created by the federal government recently, The VGB Act. The… Continue

Added by Leland Yarger on September 15, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments

When are the Politicians Going to Get Serious About Drowning Prevention?

Am I the only one that finds it ironic that the federal government can pass anti-entrapment legislation that is costing commercial, public and semi-public pools across the U.S. millions but has never allocated adequate resources to the prevention of drowning? Don't get me wrong, I am all for anti-entrapment drain covers and other devices that will prevent this tradegy from occuring, but the last I heard was that about 7 people each year die from entrapment in the U.S. and if I recall correctly,… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on September 2, 2009 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Pool Leaks

Hello everyone,

Here's some information for you about pool leaks:


Added by Joshua Butler on August 20, 2009 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Looking for

I am looking for some fact on the US Lifeguard shortage?

Added by Sabrina Amber Taylor Schmitt on August 19, 2009 at 3:45pm — 3 Comments

What a Weird Summer it Was

What a Weird Summer it Was….

Back here in the East, the summer of 2009 was one of the coldest and wettest on record.

All over the country, way too many drownings occurred, particularly to young children.

Then, after electing our first African-American President and thinking racism must certainly be receding, along comes this country club in suburban Philly

(in my home state), kicking a African-American children’s camp out of their pool. Right out of the… Continue

Added by Tom Griffiths on August 18, 2009 at 2:06pm — 6 Comments

Stay Motivated!!

Tis the season for vigilance to drop off faster than the speed of sound. That's right it's August. The time of the year where managers and guards alike cash in, kick their feet up and put it on cruise control for the rest of the season.

Don't let this happen.

Becoming complacent can be a dangerous thing at an aquatic facility. Webster's defines being complacent as follows:

Main Entry: com•pla•cen•cy

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural -cies

1… Continue

Added by Bob Willard on August 7, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

YMCA Long Course Nationals Live Webcast

The YMCA Long Course Nationals is being broadcast live from the University of Maryland on Visit from July 28 to July 31, 2009 to view the live webcast.

Added by Mike Espino on July 30, 2009 at 7:45am — No Comments

Time For parents to Explore Underwater

Added by Bob Hubbard on July 29, 2009 at 12:59pm — No Comments

90% of What Are Out of Compliance With VGB?

I got 4 phone calls the other day because people saw something on the news saying "90% of the pools in the U.S. are out of compliance with the new VGB law and are posing a safety threat to swimmers". I wonder who actually has an accurate enough grasp on the number of "public pools" in the U.S. to be able to say how many are out of compliance.

This situation is a perfect example of government and media out of control. First we get legislation formulated obviously without much… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on July 23, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

waterpark leadership blog

please check out my blog on waterpark leadership.

It covers a wide range, everything from Safety, Guest service, Budgeting, Operations and Human resources.It is my hope to give some nuggets of information that can help me and others to run their facility more efficiently and profitably.

I would be thrilled for any comments or suggestions.

Added by Andrew Vaughan on July 20, 2009 at 3:21am — No Comments

Texas Swimming Center Renovation

After 31 years the world renowned Texas Swimming Center is undergoing a major overhaul! This year we are focusing on all the plumbing, filters, pumps, motors, sanitation and all electrical.

Next year we will focus on overhauling our HVAC systems. We have conducted some extensive study on how air moves in a natatorium. We have conducted actual tests as well as some interesting computer modeling. Beyond trying to accomplish a comfortable environment, we are looking at keeping the… Continue

Added by Charles Logan on July 15, 2009 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

Article in July Issue- Lessons learned

Many thanks to the AI folks for publishing my article on Children with Autism and waterparks in 'LESSONS LEARNED' this month.
One huge thing I did learn from speaking to Autism experts that was not included in the article was to always mention the person before the condition. For example, Child with Autism rather than Autistic child. It shows respect for the individual and that is something that will remember most from this experience.



Added by Andrew Vaughan on July 9, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Don't let Swim Club's Blatant Racism Stand!

Too often when bad things happen, good people stand by and don't know what to do. I can't stand by what happened in Philadelphia over the past few days, and I hope you'll help me change it.

What happened is that a private swim club refused service to a summer camp group of black children because they were "changing the complexion" of the pool. This happened… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on July 8, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

New CPSC Chair Warns Against VGB Non Compliance

Got this email from Scott Wolfson today that every aquatics professional should heed:

To the pool and spa safety community:

Please take a moment and watch the following story, which aired on The Today Show this morning. The new CPSC Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, would like all of you to heed her message that public pools and spas that are not in compliance with Sec. 1404 of the P&SSAct should not be open.…


Added by Gary Thill on July 6, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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