RECENT ARTICLES
  • A First: Lifeguard Shortage Delays City Pool Openings

    by Thomas Gnau May 2015

    Many pools open their gates this Memorial Day weekend to summer fun - and moments of potential danger. As guests wade in, they'll be watched by teams of lifeguards, who are often teens trained to be the difference between life and death when drownings threaten.

  • 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. 

  • Moving Toward a Self-Sustainable Aquatics Funding Model

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Of all the municipal recreation programs that suffered budget cuts during the Great Recession, perhaps no area has taken a bigger hit than aquatics. Public pools have never been a profitable line item in recreation budgets, bogged down by expensive initial construction costs and ongoing maintenance needs. Public pools drained their waters left and right to save on operational costs, and even with budgets rebounding, deferred maintenance has caused expenses to increase to the point where many programs have no choice but to close down indefinitely.

  • City Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Low-Income Kids

    by Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star April 2015

    Low-income children who live in the city limits can get swimming lessons for $2 this summer. The 2-week classes will be offered in June and July at 18 city pools.

  • School District, City Teaming Up on Aquatic Facility

    by Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) April 2015

    The Dorchester District 2 School Board and the city of North Charleston are in talks to build a large swimming facility that could serve students of District 2 and North Charleston residents who live in Dorchester County.

  • Video: An Aquatic Twist on Tug of War

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    We stumbled upon this video today and felt it was worth sharing with our readers. Shamelessly stealing this from the comments on the YouTube video, let's call it "Tug of Oar."

  • YMCA's New Aquatic Director Looks to Lower Drownings

    by Michelle Kaplan Special to The Palm Beach Post February 2015

    The YMCA of the Palm Beaches' new aquatic director, Jeremy Webb, intends to teach 10,000 people to swim this year -- that's double last year's 5,000 new swimmers taught by the YMCA.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).


    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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