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.
Adding Warmth, Sound-Dampening to an Aquatic Center
by Paul Steinbach June 2014
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has been introducing wood to indoor aquatic environments for 20 years — starting with decks, then moving to wall cladding and ultimately ceilings.
Online Training for Your Aquatics Team
by AB Staff June 2014
Athletic Business presents a fast, easy way to introduce commercial pool management to your new and part-time employees.
AB has teamed up with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to offer the Pool Operator Primer™ online learning course. This course is an intensive 8-hour learning experience that will give your new hires the information they need to immediately contribute to your aquatics program. The interactive course makes use of the latest learning technology by incorporating engaging video demonstrations and knowledge quizzes to help participants retain the useful information.
The essential responsibilities your team will learn:
- Facility safety and recordkeeping
- Water contamination and disinfection
- Aquatic facility maintenance tips
- Water circulation and filtration
- Water chemistry concepts and calculations
- Unique responsibilities of managing hot tubs and therapy pools
The experts at the National Swimming Pool Foundation designed this self-paced curriculum. Upon completion graduates will be awarded .85 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Certified Pool Operator Certification
In conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference & Expo, become a Certified Pool Operator. First, complete the online Pool Operator Primer course. Then register for the Pool Operator Fusion course at ABC.
Pool Operator Fusion™ is a one-day class, taught by a certified National Swimming Pool Foundation instructor, which is the classroom portion of the CPO® Certification.
Attendees must have completed the online Pool Operator Primer™ course prior to taking the Fusion course. The online curriculum follows the 18 chapters in the NSPF® Pool and Spa Operator™ Handbook, which is provided. Students have access to the Pool Operator Primer online course for six months. Students must present a Pool Operator Primer™ Record of Completion and successfully complete this Fusion course to obtain a CPO® Certification.
Cost – Pool Operator Fusion: $150 ($95 if purchased with an ABC full-conference registration). ABC registration opens in July.
Bonus! Receive the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Pool & Spa Operator Handbook
Register for our online course and get the most widely used resource manual in the aquatics industry. It's a great tool that is perfect for everyone at your facility. This useful manual contains all the best information, facts, checklists and references on planning, maintenance, safety, research, and much more. You’ll refer to this thick volume for years to come.