• '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.

  • 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.