• Day Camp Pool Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

    by STEVE METSCH. June 2014

    The death of a 6-year-old Justice boy who had been swimming at a Bridgeview pool was ruled an accidental drowning Thursday, and the park district day camp he was involved in has been canceled until Monday, officials said.

  • Fifth Record Sought at World's Largest Swimming Lesson

    by Michelle Piasecki Special to The Palm Beach Post June 2014

    When as many as 80 children ages 3 to 14 take a dip in the cool waters at YMCA pool in Stuart at 11 a.m. Friday to learn swimming techniques, they will know they aren't alone. The children, their instructors as well as another group at Sailfish Splash Water Park across town will be part of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. The 30-minute lesson is expected to surpass last year's world record of 32,450 swimmers at 432 facilities in 13 different countries all learning to swim at one time. So far, there are more than 800 locations in 26 countries signed up to participate with an estimated 50,000 participants.

  • Summer Camp Participant Drowns in Park District Pool

    by STEVE METSCH. June 2014

    A 6-year-old Justice boy died Wednesday after lifeguards pulled him unresponsive from a Bridgeview pool Tuesday afternoon. At 1:43 p.m., Michael Duda was unable to breathe when lifeguards pulled him from the shallow end of the Bridgeview Park District pool, according to Bridgeview Police Chief Walter Klimek.

  • 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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  • Red Cross Launches Campaign to Cut Drowning Rate in 50 Cities

    by Super User May 2014

    Source: Red Cross 

    Washington DC – May 20, 2014 - The American Red Cross today launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years.

  • Lifeguard Shortage May Delay Community Pool Opening

    by Clint Thomas May 2014

    As of last week, only 11 people had applied to work as lifeguards at the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department's four area public pools.

  • Near-Drowning, $1M Payout Brings Lifeguarding Changes

    by Jill Terreri; News Staff Reporter April 2014

    The scene at the Buffalo public swimming pool where 37-year-old Jannette Morales nearly drowned in 2009 looked chaotic. Children ran around the pool deck; a half dozen teenagers tackled each other into the water, and then did backflips off the lifeguard stand.

  • Swim Club, Aquatics Center Extend Longtime Relationship

    by BROOK EDWARDS STAGGS, staff writer, The Orange County Register April 2014

    Nearly 40 years ago, Brian Goodell set world records as he won two gold medals during the Olympic Games in Montreal. On Monday night, Goodell came to Mission Viejo City Hall to defend the swim club that formed a mile away in his living room and helped earn him the top spot on that Olympic podium.

  • After 133 Closures in 2013, City Steps Up Pool Testing

    by April 2014

    When many people go to the local pool for a swim, they don’t think twice about the delicate chemical balance required for the water to be safe for swimmers — they assume there are people responsible for checking that — and they’d be right. 

    But according to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, city inspectors worry those tasked with checking the pool's chlorine and pH levels may not be doing so correctly.

    In 2013, Lincoln closed 133 pools after inspections revealed that the water did not meet quality standards — which may indicate that water testers are making errors during testing.

    Under current regulations, lifeguards at a pool can handle pool tests with little training in the correct testing processes.

    Pool water is tested by adding a chemical to a small sample of pool water and stirring the sample to turn the water pink. Then another chemical is added to return the water to its original color.

    “It’s like a chemistry test,” Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health Division manager for the local department, told the Journal Star. “You have to add the correct number of drops. You have to swirl and not shake.”

    Under proposed changes to the outdated pool-testing rules, only certified pool operators or pool testers would be allowed to do quality checks. In order to become certified, candidates would be required to take a short class and be tested to make sure they know how to test the water. The certification class would cost $20 dollars and would make a tester certified for two years.

    Testing water correctly plays a large role in helping maintain healthy pool users. When the water has the right pH and chlorine balance, it can reduce the transfer of certain types of diseases and infections.

    In 2001, Lincoln suffered an outbreak of cryptosporidium, a diarrheal illness, after it is estimated that it originally spread through public swimming pools. At its peak, there were more than 133 cases of cryptosporidium that had been acquired through public swimming pools. 

  • $1.7M Settlement Reached in P.E. Class Drowning

    by Nick Daniels February 2014

    More than one year after the tragic drowning of a high school student in Manchester, Conn., the Hartford Courant reported Sunday that a $1.7 million settlement had been reached between Malvrick Donkor’s family and the town of Manchester.

    Donkor — a beginning swimmer — had been participating in a high school swimming class Nov. 21, 2012 when he left the shallow end of the pool for the deep end. Although other students had been swimming in the pool at the same time, no one noticed Donkor's absence until the end of class, by which time it was too late for the 14-year-old to be revived.

    Despite a police investigation into the drowning after the incident, the police decided that there was no reason for a criminal prosecution. Donkor's family went on to file intent to sue for wrongful death and damages, alleging that school administrators failed."to protect, care, supervise, rescue and/or provide timely medical care." 

    “The settlement was in the best interests of the town and (Malvrick’s) estate,” Town Attorney Ryan Barry told the Courant. “We wish the family well.”

    The drowning was the second by a Connecticut high school student in 2012, which has sparked a statewide effort to improve pool safety measures in high schools.