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  • Can You Match This Lifeguard's Level of Awareness?

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A lifeguard’s quick reaction to a child struggling to swim in a crowded wave pool potentially saved the child’s life when no one else seemed to see him unable to stay above the water.

  • 2015 Showcase by the Numbers

    by AB Staff June 2015

    Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.

  • Exposure to Pool Chemicals Sickens 40

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Dozens of people at a California water park became sick last Thursday afternoon, forcing the water park to close.

  • Public Pool Drained by Vandals Who Knew What They Were Doing

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Police in Boone County, West Virginia are searching for a group of teenagers who they say drained a public pool on Monday night.

  • The AB Extra: June 12

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a smelly situation at Dodger Stadium, an NFL football star with plans to become a chicken farmer following his retirement, and the emergence of virtual reality technology in both football and general exercise. 

  • Four Cited After Fight at Community Pool

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A fight at a public pool in Ohio led to the citation of two adults and two juveniles after the altercation got out of control.

  • Public Pools Banning Underwater Breath-Holding

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Public swimming pools across the country are banning prolonged breath holding due to condition called hypoxic blackout, or shallow water blackout, which can lead to drowning. It's a topic AB first explored in 2006.

  • How to Structure Spectator Seating in Natatoriums

    by Scott W. Hester May 2015

    Spectator seating, a key component in any competitive venue, can often become a hot-button topic when designing a natatorium. Aspects such as quantity of seats, type of seat, location, spectator viewing angles and many more variables will arise when making these important decisions. While there is some level of subjectivity involved, and expectations can vary widely, these choices can have a significant impact on a facility.

  • Mermaid Tails Newest Safety Concern at Canadian Pools

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    The growing popularity of mermaid tail aquatic accessories has officials in Alberta, Canada, concerned for swimmers’ safety. The tail, popular among young girls in particular, typically consist of brightly colored fabric that covers a swimmer’s legs and ends in a wide fin. 

  • Kids' Triathlon Pool Fails Inspection, Used Anyway

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Thousands of children participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., despite reports that the pool used had failed a health inspection earlier in the week. But that’s okay, event and city officials say.

    As part of the two-day conversion of EverBank Field to host swimming, biking and running for the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, a portable pool was constructed on the site. The event was a success, despite reports that swimmers had to be pulled from the pool by lifeguards due to the absence of pool ladders. 

    Because the pool was temporary, city officials say it was not considered a public pool under the state’s Department of Health, and thus was not subject to the same inspection criteria. In particular, the water used for such pools is pumped in and out and not recalculated. 

    “They actually don't have guidelines to monitor portable pools, so we actually work with them to set up a structure that allows us to circulate the water and make sure that it's safe,” event director Tom Gildersleeve told ActionNewsJax.com

    Furthermore, while the status of portable pools for city inspection purposes is still a little murky, the event still had to fulfill the guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. 

    “Our events are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the governing board underneath the U.S. Olympic Committee so there's a safety protocol we follow,” Gildersleeve said.

    Such pools have been used at other kids triathlon events. Lifeguards were also on hand both in and out of the pool to monitor participants’ safety.