Instructor reviewing how to assist the…Continue
Two exciting conferences are coming up soon and all aquatic professionals should do their best to be there. One is the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP), March 3 March 6 in Austin, TX and the other is National Drowning Prevention Alliance(NDPA) in Ft. Lauderdale March 13-15, 2013. While both conferences offer excellent educational and networking possibilities, they do cater to slightly different audiences. AOAP tends to draw aquatic professionals working at municipal pools, YMCA,…Continue
As we prepare for summer and reexamine our Emergency Action Plans (EAP), I believe the trusty lifeguard whistle should now be scrutinized for its role when a catastrophe strikes. When investigations take place after a drowning or other serious water emergency, the actual use of the whistle often comes into question. Because the whistle is used in aquatic facilities for a variety of reasons (communications, rule enforcement, emergencies) often there is misuse and miscommunication surrounding…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Gary Thill on January 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
As aquatic professionals we owe it to ourselves and the public we serve to take part in regular professional development. In March the Association of Aquatic Professionals will be hosting their second annual conference in Austin, Texas. The first conference last year was a great event and the line up of speakers and traininers looks great again this year.
Maybe you can't afford to go to Texas to train, if so then I still encourage you to find something closer to home. Local…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on January 24, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments
As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine.…Continue
Some people say that New Year’s Resolutions aren’t any good. They don’t work and they won’t last. But I disagree. For quite some time now I have picked a professional project to initiate as my New Year’s Resolution.
I actually came up with this idea at my very first job as a young adolescent working at a lake in New Jersey. Frank Murray was an apple farmer who could not swim but he ran one heck of a swimming hole that turned into a prototype for today’s water…Continue
Added by Tom Griffiths on January 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
We often see words that don't sink in. Most of our press releases point out that people from over 83 countries have taken NSPF courses. The more I think about it, the more amazing it is to me. We have the privilege to contribute to pool, spa and aquatic professionals on every corner of this amazing world. Thank you for the faith you put in NSPF training materials. We take that confidence seriously and are committed to constant improvement. You deserve no less!!!
Added by Tom Lachocki on January 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
A teachable moment for swim instructors and lifeguards has arisen from a heroic rescue of a drowning teenager in Puerto Rico by a tourist on the shore.
Jean Pendrich, a former champion swimmer for Scotland, swam through 5 foot waves to reach the boy
and tow him back. She said of the rescue, "“I reassured him everything would be all right but I was exhausted. I was swallowing lots of water and he was in such shock he couldn’t kick his legs."
Added by Melon Dash on January 15, 2013 at 8:18am — No Comments
This is great news for much needed information that can help empower us to seek answers and solutions to problems.
Here's the Media Advisory from National Swimming Pool Foundation - please tell us what you think!
New Searchable Database, WANID.org, Tracks Aquatic-Related Incidents Worldwide
National Swimming Pool Foundation® provides access free, because information…
Added by Laurie Batter on December 20, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments
Recreation Coordinator II, Beth Frazer, from Consumnes Community Service District, emailed me and commented, “…You have a curriculum for the training and how long it takes for 10 lifeguards… We have 40-60 lifeguards per training, so it would be nice to know how much time to add for each additional lifeguard, or maybe each additional 5 or 10 lifeguards.”
There are several ways to scale up the training to allow for large staff participation: Increase the time allocated for the training…Continue
I am starting a new chapter in my career. Transitioning from the public to the private sector.
It's a little awkward.
You see, Oklahoma is sort of a strange place in the aquatics industry, at least to me. It's dominated by the public sector like most of the mid-west is I'm sure. So that's what has made this such a strange transition.
I decided that leaving my cushy public sector job with a city government for a risky private sector job…Continue
Just checking if you are open on Thanksgiving and the day after?
We are open both days:-)
Added by Ricardo Freitas on November 22, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments
Here's the news scoop sent out today. Tell us what you think!
Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 13, 2012 — The National Swimming Pool Foundation® Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has continued its commitment to fund research to study the health benefits unique to aquatic…Continue
Added by Laurie Batter on November 14, 2012 at 4:55pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Gary Thill on November 1, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments
Watch this brief, compelling video.
Step Into Swim™ Video Contest Has a Winner
A winning video encourages donations to bring…Continue
Added by Laurie Batter on October 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No 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…Continue
Despite the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety Act, the construction of barrier fences around private pools, an increase in the number of learn to swim programs targeting young children (ages 1-4), the drowning rate in this category remains alarmingly high, especially among African American children.
During a drowning survey by Fletemeyer, it was discovered that nearly 58 percent of…Continue
Added by Dr. Ivonne Schmid on October 10, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments