RECENT ARTICLES
  • Planning, Training Key to Protecting Aquatic Venues

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Sports Venue Safety, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire Sports Venue Safety digital issue here.

    Sean Sepela has spent most of his life around water — as a swimmer, certified lifeguard, swim coach, and currently as the aquatics operations manager at George Mason University. As Sepela has immersed himself deeper into the aquatics world, he has recognized the evolving challenges aquatic facilities are facing today compared to years past. "There are a lot more concerns today compared to when I first started," he says. "Those 'what-if' situations we simply thought about years ago must be evaluated, assessed and trained for to ensure the safety of our swimmers and the facility itself."

  • Weekly 'Fountainside' Splash Park Event Still Growing

    by Ken Gordon, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Music pulses through the public-address system in Bicentennial Park, but the squeals of happy children create the soundtrack to the city's Fountainside events. On a recent Wednesday, scores of youngsters frolicked in the streams of water that spurt from the splash park's collection of fountains.

  • City Taps Foreign Students to Help Plug Lifeguarding Gaps

    by Earl Rinehart, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    If a lifeguard at the Grandview Heights Municipal Pool is hard to understand, bear with him. He might still be learning the English language. The private company that took over management of the pool this year, and also manages several others in central Ohio, hires international students to help fill the gap in the lifeguarding ranks. Anton Ilyin of Ukraine and Khaled Lahloub of Jordan are two of the seven university students working at the Grandview and Gahanna city pools.

  • Pool Management Fired After Alleged Safety Violation

    by Brian Lee, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF July 2014

    USA Pools Management of Georgia has been fired from managing the Andrew J. Petro Swimming Pool on Randolph Street for a "clear and material breach" of its contract, acting Town Manager Kevin E. Paicos said Monday. The firing comes after reports of a safety violation that prompted town officials to close the state-owned but town-run pool earlier than usual on July 7 and keep it closed the rest of the week. It will reopen today at 11 a.m.

  • Pool Chemical Pump Failure Sickens 31 YMCA Campers

    by Tim Prudente July 2014

    Six children remained hospitalized Wednesday night after campers and counselors were exposed to dangerous concentrations of pool chemicals at an Edgewater summer camp, a camp spokeswoman said.

  • Lifeguards Smoked Marijuana While on Duty, City Says

    by Dana Sauchelli , Jennifer Bain and Natalie O'Neill July 2014

    A group of New York City baywatchers are charged with smoking pot on duty at Rockaway Beach on a rainy Fourth of July, police and parks officials said.

  • Fitness Owner: Make Swimming Part of Core Curriculum

    by Kimberly Garrison, The Philadelphia Daily News July 2014

    MY HEART overflowed with grief last week when I heard of the accidental drowning death of 14-year-old Corinthian "Corey" Hammond. Not that I didn't care before about child safety, but now, being a mother has worked its way into every facet of my life, including this column. Being the mother of a young child made Corey's death strike closer to home than ever, and my heart goes out to his mother and the unimaginable grief I know she must be feeling.

  • Officials Hope to Convert Swim Site into Rec Center

    by Justin Runquist Columbian staff writer July 2014

    By the end of the year, officials in Camas say, they hope to finally have the new community center they've long sought to bring to the city.City leaders are in the midst of working out a multimillion-dollar deal to buy LaCamas Swim & Sport and convert the 41,000-square-foot facility into a new public recreation center. The option would be faster and more cost-effective than building a facility from scratch, City Administrator Pete Capell said.

  • Boy’s Drowning Sparks Call for Age Restriction Changes

    by Emily Attwood June 2014

    How young is too young to be swimming alone at a public pool? That is the question being asked in Cincinnati following the drowning of a 10-year-old boy last week. The boy was unresponsive when lifeguards pulled him from the pool at Bush Recreation Center and began emergency response procedures. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died over the weekend. 

  • Firms Picked for U. of Wyoming's $51M Pool, Arena Renos

    by WyoSports staff June 2014

    A pair of Wyoming companies have been selected to manage two major sports construction projects at the University of Wyoming, including the remodeling of Corbett Pool.