Laurie Batter's Blog (32)

Here's Why The YMCA of the USA Chooses NSPF's CPO Certification Program

YMCA of the USA and National Swimming Pool Foundation

Cooperate on Delivering Operator Training

                                                                         

CHICAGO, Ill. & COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /May 1, 2015YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location (POOL) training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with…

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Added by Laurie Batter on May 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

WAHC Portland Best Ever, says attendees - here's why

The 11th annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), hosted by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation®(NSPF®) was held in Portland, Oregon, October 8-10. Nearly 400 people representing a record number of states (42) and countries (12) traveled to the WAHC. Attendees from the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Hong…

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Added by Laurie Batter on November 7, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Science supports need to reduce urine in pools

"Everything we do, at NSPF, we believe will help more people live healthier lives," says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of National Swimming Pool Foundation. One thing NSPF does is fund research and invite leading scientists to present their findings at the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. Ernest R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, one of the lead researchers in the study referenced in the link below, has been a long-time grant recipient from the National Swimming Pool…

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Added by Laurie Batter on March 11, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Professional Pool Care

Here's the guest blog I wrote for Jabariofwater.



Professional Pool Care



Clean pool fun! When we visit our local pool, or a hotel pool when we travel, we have the expectation that the water is healthy and won’t make us or our family sick. We also have the…

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Added by Laurie Batter on November 19, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

I am passionate about swimming. Let me tell you why.

Blog by:  Laurie Batter

It's 6am, the sun is just up, and I’m strapping on goggles and preparing for my daily lap swim. It’s a passion I have. 

People often remark, “Laurie, you are so disciplined!” I say, “Actually I’m addicted”. Really, it’s my passion: I live to swim and I swim to live- that’s my motto.

 

Ever since I was a baby, I have been in love with…

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Added by Laurie Batter on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Worldwide Aquatic News Incident Database launched by NSPF, gives FREE Access to all

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…

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Added by Laurie Batter on December 20, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

Non-profit NSPF's funded research helps people live healthier lives and encourages more people to get in the water. Not bad for the future of our industry eh?

Here's the news scoop sent out today. Tell us what you think!

Research Grants Totaling $117,974 Awarded by National Swimming Pool Foundation®

 

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…

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Added by Laurie Batter on November 14, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Together we can make a difference - watch how!

Together we can make a difference

Watch this brief, compelling video.

Step Into Swim Video Contest Has a Winner

A winning video encourages donations to bring…

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Added by Laurie Batter on October 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Culture of Giving Begins for Step Into Swim Campaign. Will you step forward too?

Industry leaders stepped up with donations exceeding $41,000.

In just a few months since the Step Into Swim Campaign was launched, a group of visionary pool, spa, and aquatic leaders have stepped forward to donate more than $41,000, reports Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of …

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Added by Laurie Batter on August 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Congratulations to London and Great Britain

Here's a brief note written by Tom Lachocki, NSPF CEO, to our friends across the pond

Congratulations to London and Great Britain for your role in hosting an extraordinary Olympic Games. Getting such a theatrical and imaginative introduction to your culture and history bracketing extraordinary athletic achievement was a pleasure to behold. I hope you all are brimming with well deserved national pride!!

Added by Laurie Batter on August 15, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Step Into Swim Video Contest - we need creative industry people to submit a video!Step In to Swim Video Contest – $1,500 – Over 18 yo – EXTENDED to AUGUST 31, 2012

Your creativity is needed to produce short videos to touch people’s emotions to encourage people to learn to swim. The Winning videos will be used to promote the Step Into Swim™ Campaign to raise funds to donate to organizations that create more swimmers.

EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31ST

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Added by Laurie Batter on July 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Will you give a little to create a lot?

That's what industry members are urged to do by National Swimming Pool Foundation CEO Tom Lachocki - We're asking everyone in industry to Step Up and Give $10 to Step Into Swim Campaign. Ten dollars is not a lot to ask -- and if you take that one step, NSFP will take the next step up to $20.

Here's the news release announcing the campaign today; please, take a moment, and step together with NSPF on this initiative.

Step Up and Give $10 to Step…

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Added by Laurie Batter on July 10, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Do you have a plan in place to prevent RWIs this season and beyond?

Summer time is unfortunately when we see uptick in RWIs around the country. And also it is unfortunate that RWIs are on the rise in general. For this reason, the National Swimming Pool Foundation invested a great deal of time to produce the first ever online course and handbook to help professionals understand and prevent these illnesses, with the goal of ensuring a safer summer of fun for pool goers. And it goes without saying, that's…

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Added by Laurie Batter on June 22, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Are health insurance plans giving you a huge headache?

Here's a blog post from Tom Lachocki at National Swimming Pool Foundation, sharing his perspective. 

http://nspf.org/en/Blog/12-06-18/The_Best_Health_Insurance.aspx

Added by Laurie Batter on June 19, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments

Today, an exciting new initiative was announced by National Swimming Pool Foundation. A 10-year campaign, Step Into Swim, was launched, in an effort to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and re…

Today, an exciting new initiative was announced by National Swimming Pool Foundation. A 10-year campaign, Step Into Swim, was launched, in an effort to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and reduce drowning. The campaign will initially partner with nine organizations that teach children, adults, and minority populations to swim. Step Into Swim seeks donations and sponsors. It’s first event , the Step Into Swim Congress will kick off on October 10, in Norfolk, Virginia, just prior…

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Added by Laurie Batter on May 31, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Spanish Speakers will like NSPF's Aquatic Risk Management Course, now available in Spanish!

Last week National Swimming Pool Foundation launched yet another course in Spanish, the Aquatic Risk Management online training.  This is one in a series of products available in Spanish from NSPF, in addition to the Spanish twin of it's website.

Here's the latest press release announcing the course (the release is in Spanish, then English, below)

Curso de capacitación virtual Control de Riesgos Acuáticos  …

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Added by Laurie Batter on May 7, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

Have you considered attending this year's WAHC? There's a whole lot of WaterWisdom to be shared!

Just sent out our the latest news on the 2012 World Aquatic Health Conference in Norfolk this October. We're excited about the lineup of seminars and have 27 new speakers this year. There is no other educational conference that offers the diversity of topics and thinking and exposes attendees to all aspects of research and subject matter affecting the aquatic industry. Now in it's ninth consecutive year, if you haven't made it to one, this is the year. And don't forget, if travel is an…

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Added by Laurie Batter on April 26, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments

NSPF on YouTube

If you haven't checked it out, National Swimming Pool Foundation has a YouTube channel.  We are posting seminars from past World Aquatic Health Conferences, including seminars on the MAHC, and a series of Healthy Body seminars from Dr. Bruce Becker's talks.

Check them out, subscribe to the channel, we are uploading new content all the time!

http://www.youtube.com/user/NSPFSwimPoolFnd?feature=watch

Added by Laurie Batter on April 13, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

New and great news about swimming, blood pressure and vascular health. Share it!

There's good news about swimming, it's good for your blood pressure & vascular function. Time to get into the pool! A new study published by the American Journal of Cardiology (http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(11)03445-X/abstract) shows, in summary that while systolic decreases were statistically significant and diastolic decreases were not at the same statistical…

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Added by Laurie Batter on February 5, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Attend an NSPF® Instructor Training School in the United States, Dominican Republic, Republic of Singapore, or Australia

Attend an NSPF® Instructor Training School

in the United States, Dominican Republic,

Republic of Singapore, or Australia

Register now to assure a space by contacting Silvia.Uribe@nspf.org

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, January 3, 2012—The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) will offer six Instructor…

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Added by Laurie Batter on January 12, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments

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