The United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition (USLSC) Draft Consensus Recommendations and Scientific Review Forms are now posted for public comment through December 12, 2009. The public comment period provides an opportunity for representatives of organizations that set regulations, standards, or practice guidelines in lifeguarding, as well as anyone who has an interest, to react to the science review and provide comments for consideration.
To view the USLSC Draft Consensus… Continue
Added by Mike Espino on October 28, 2009 at 6:34am —
Dear Swim Professor,
Thanks for checking in. I was thinking about emailing you on our progress. My first three students all wanted private swim lessons and the first child (a nine year old boy who did not know how to swim at all) was doing freestyle with side breathing on the third lesson. I have decided to give the parents the option of once or twice per week because I really want the kids to learn to swim. Most choose twice per week and the kiddos are learning very quickly. I have… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on October 27, 2009 at 12:30pm —
There are many public pool facilities that have not replaced their existing drain covers, as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGB Act). The reason: the size of the drain cover. Large covers commonly referred to as unblockable covers. The ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 indentifies unblockable as 18” X 23” or 29” diagonal measure or larger. The CPSC clouded the issue of unblockable covers in their staff draft technical guide.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff (“CPSC staff”… Continue
Added by Pool Safety Consultants on October 25, 2009 at 5:56pm —
Is Your Swim School Saving Time & Money with an Online Registration Program?
ASK YOURSELF THESE THREE QUESTIONS:
1. Are you SAVING money (and time) because of your online registration program?
2. Is it EASY for YOU to use?
3. Is it EASY for YOUR CUSTOMERS to use?
I have been with the same company, Time2Signup, for going on 10 years. At one point, I wasn’t really that happy with it. Technology was changing fast… Continue
Added by Jim Reiser on October 22, 2009 at 2:00pm —
We are looking at building a temporary ice rink for ice skating during the cold months up here in Cincinnati. Anyone else out there doing this by chance?
Info would be greatly appreciated,
Have an OUTSTANDING! day
Added by Michael A Howard on October 22, 2009 at 12:42pm —
Here are the results of the survey I sent out recently.i highly recommend polling your own staff to get the answers that matter most to you.
many Thanks if you participated in the survey
Added by Andrew Vaughan on October 21, 2009 at 7:01am —
Editor's note: This is a letter to the editor from B. Chris Brewster, president of United States Lifesaving Association, in response to an column about rip currents in the June 2009 issue of Aquatics International.
It’s good to see Aquatics International run an article regarding rip currents ("Getting Current," June 2009
), which United States Lifesaving Association statistics attribute to over 80%… Continue
Added by Gary Thill on October 20, 2009 at 2:00pm —
I live on a sail boat. I'm traveling to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and other islands in that area. I will be looking for work when I get there. I'm am an experienced swim coach, lifeguard, swimmer, triathlete, pool manager... I also have water aerobics instructor certification. I am a certified physical education and health teacher k-12. I graduated from Slippery Rock University of PA where I also did a minor in aquatics.
Added by Jodie Louise Smith on October 20, 2009 at 1:46pm —
A couple of recent articles (article1 article 2
) got me thinking about the disparity in the legal system in the way it deals with drownings. Let me point out that I an not an attorney by any means. I do consider myself a avid researcher of current events in the aquatics industry. I have read through hundreds of drowning articles and I have noticed some disturbing trends in the way the law views these "accidents." Accidental… Continue
Added by Bob Willard on October 19, 2009 at 12:51pm —
We have concrete floors with a rubber seal that fills in all of the cracks. We have been getting a black mildew that grows on the deck and refuses to stay away. Power spraying has been tried as well as liquid chlorine, but the mildew keeps coming back.
This is in a low traffic area and there is no standing water in this particular area. What can I do?
Added by Patrick Magee on October 13, 2009 at 8:40am —
I would be grateful if you completed the survey at the link above to help me determine the most preferred methods of recognition. This survey will only be available until October 1st.
It takes about 1 minute to complete.
Please forward the link to any peers or subordinates as the survey is intended to determine how line level employees would like to be recognized.
Added by Andrew Vaughan on September 27, 2009 at 2:52pm —
Most comprehensive aquatic management / operation texts specifically identify the importance of “cleaning and disinfecting” pool decks, walkways and locker areas. The concept of disinfecting is simple, yet often over-looked. The most recognized method of sanitation is to use and 5 percent bleach and water solution in the following areas:
DAILY SANITATION: Locker area decks, benches, sinks, toilets, changing tables, shower decks and all walkways.
Daily Cleaning: With the… Continue
Added by Leland Yarger on September 25, 2009 at 11:52am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Bob Willard on September 21, 2009 at 9:00am —
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 bored....it 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 —
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 —
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 —