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

    by AB Staff 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.

  • 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. 

  • Moving Toward a Self-Sustainable Aquatics Funding Model

    by Emily Attwood March 2014

    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.