• Taxpayer Dollars to Help Support YMCA Pool's Operation

    by Zac Anderson August 2014

    The Sarasota Family YMCA will receive ongoing support from county taxpayers to operate a swimming pool that has become an emerging sports tourism attraction. Sarasota County commissioners agreed to budget up to $50,000 next year and $200,000 annually through 2024 to help operate the Selby Aquatic Center, which has been running a $303,306 deficit.

  • Earlier Back-to-School Dates Bring Early Pool Shutdowns


    Lynn Watts, deputy director of recreation for the city of Charleston, said the North Charleston and King Center pools closed after Aug. 3 over lack of staffing, and the Kanawha City pool closed for the season Sunday - the day before students in Kanawha County Public schools went back to school.

  • Buffalo-Shaped Pool Draws Variety of Colorado Students

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    A small component of the University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center's 300,000-square-foot renovation and expansion produced some fairly substantial debate.

  • Ultraviolet Light Now the Standard Sanitzer in New Pools

    by Dean Narciso, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    Public swimming pools are increasingly turning to ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other pathogens that chlorine doesn't always catch. Sanitizing pool water with UV has become the standard for new pools, and many existing pools are being retrofitted with UV systems. The upgrades are costly, but pool managers say they improve safety and reduce the need for chlorine, which irritates eyes and skin.

  • Key Considerations When Building a Splash Pad

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    They're bubbling up from Texas to Minnesota and from coast to coast as complements to traditional dry playgrounds and existing pools, as well as stand-alone aquatics amenities replacing traditional pools altogether. For many municipalities, both urban and suburban, splash pads offer a simpler, more affordable aquatics recreation alternative.

  • 'Make A Splash' Grant Provides Free Swimming Lessons

    by Dianna Smith July 2014

    In the city of Boynton Beach, away from the strip malls and the fancy restaurants, is the John Denson Pool, where eager children who live nearby are hoping to swim this summer. But unfortunately, some of these boys and girls can't even afford the dollar it takes to earn them entrance through the pool gate. This is why the recent $5,000 Make A Splash grant given to the city's recreation and parks department by way of the USA Swimming Foundation is so important. The money will cover the cost of beginner swim lessons at the pool at Wilson Park, where kids whose families couldn't normally afford to pay for the lessons will have a chance to learn how to swim.

  • Adult Swim: Many Find It's Never Too Late to Learn

    by Tonya Jameson - Charlotte Observer July 2014

    The moment brings laughter now, but it sure wasn't funny then. Michelle Simmons swam to the middle of the deepat a YMCA pool and froze. She was too tired to go all of the way to the wall. She was too scared to turn around and swim back to the shallow end. She yelled for help. A lifeguard fished her out of the pool.

  • Pools Adjust as Cool Temps, Rain Take Toll on Attendance

    by Andy Sedlak July 2014

    Debbi Liskamy of Kettering had her pick of chairs at Adventure Reef Water Park in Kettering on Wednesday. Rain, cool temperatures in June and July have decreased attendance at pools.

  • YMCA Tips, Programming Help Acclimate Tots to Water

    by Keiara Carr The Journal Gazette July 2014

    Teaching your child to swim can begin way before the actual swimming part. A child might be 6 years old before having the fine motor skills needed for swimming lessons, but the Helen P. Brown Natatorium and YMCA branches offer interactive water classes starting as early as 6 months old to acclimate infants to the water.

  • 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

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    Earn CEUs

    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.

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