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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

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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 SwimNetwork.com. Visit www.swimnetwork.com 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.

http://waterparkleadership.blogspot.com/

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.

Thanks,

Andrew

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.…



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

CDC Drowning Hazard Recall

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09261.html

Added by Charles Logan on July 2, 2009 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Too much "Poop" in the pool

I am very frustrated!!! For the last several years we have had maybe one fecal accident in our pool. Since summer began this season we have had five (5)! That's right in little over a month we have had 5 accidents. What makes it even worse is that we cannot find where it's coming from. I think I traced yesterday's "catch" to an older gentlemen who I know has been diagnosed Alzheimer's disease. So it's not just children.



My thinking is that my guards have become more alert to the… Continue

Added by Judy Morton on July 1, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

“You’re Either a Lifeguard or You’re Not!”

Ever teach a Lifeguard training class where on the first day when the youth jump in to do the prerequisite distance swim they look like a cat that fell in the water? I never cease to be amazed by the people that sign up for a Lifeguard class. Amazed that some are such mature and smart youth that are interested in a job that serves community and works around the water, and amazed that some think they want to do a job that they have absolutely no real knack for.



It has been suggest by… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on June 29, 2009 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Worse Before it Gets Better?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I had a surprising conversation with Scott Hester from Counsilman-Hunsaker yesterday that everyone needs to hear. According to Scott, despite signs that the overall economy is turning around, the aquatics industry is only beginning to feel the effects of the slump. While things have slowed down for his firm, many projects are still moving forward,… Continue

Added by Gary Thill on June 25, 2009 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Summer Swim Tips for Home

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Swim Tips for Home



We work hard with the young swimmers AND THEIR PARENTS all year long at our swim school. Often at this time of year, we see the kids coming back into the pool with some bad habits. MMMM, we wonder, where did they learn that? SO in an effort to keep those swimming skills up when the weather is warm and to give our parents some hints on what to do at home, we are offering up our Top Ten Tips for Home!



1. Headed for the… Continue

Added by Bob Hubbard on June 17, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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