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  • Tankinis In, Tube Socks Out in D.C. Pools Dress Code

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    Planning on wearing jean shorts and your favorite halter top to the pool this week? If you're in our nation's capital, you better think again.

  • Aquatic Climbing Walls Becoming a Popular Pool Amenity

    by Paul Steinbach July 2013

    Prairie Athletic Club calls itself the largest health club in Wisconsin, and few casual observers would question that claim. After all, how many clubs in these northern climes can boast their own outdoor water park?

  • Did World's Largest Swimming Lesson Break Record?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2013

    The final numbers won't be in for at least a couple weeks, but organizers of the fourth annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ expect that Tuesday's global event attracted a world record 35,000 participants at more than 700 locations in more than a dozen countries. (In 2012, WLSL set a new world record with 24,873 participants.) The event coordinates a simultaneous half-hour session, overseen by Guinness World Records, to raise drowning awareness and the importance of basic swimming skills.

  • Want to Host World's Largest Swimming Lesson? Hurry!

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    Aquatics facility operators have less than three weeks left to register to participate in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson™. For the fourth consecutive year, the event - scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 18 - will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. The current record, set in 2012, stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 countries on five continents.

  • Connecticut Town Settles P.E. Drowning Case for $1.5M

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2013

    The town of East Hartford, Conn., has agreed to pay a $1.5 million settlement to the family of 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah, a physical education student who drowned in the local high school pool last year. According to The Hartford Courant, the town's insurer will pay $1 million and the town will pay a $500,000 deductible (which will reportedly be taken from the board of education's budget).

  • How Step Into Swim Can Help Aquatics Facilities

    by Michael Popke December 2012

    During the final months of 2012, bad news for community pools hit residents like a crashing belly flop:

  • Blog: Why Do College Kids Whine About Swimming?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor December 2012

    Given the excitement surrounding the Athletic Business Conference & Expo last week, you might have missed a front-page story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal about colleges and universities requiring students to either pass a swimming test or take a beginner's learn-to-swim class in order to graduate. Not everyone is a fan of the prerequisites. "I guess it's a noble skill to have," 21-year-old Jessica McSweeney, a senior Human Development major at Cornell University, told reporter Melissa Korn. "But I don't intend to be a water-going person."

  • ABC: How to Keep Your Pool From Becoming Obsolete

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    The number of pool starts in the United States dropped by more than 70 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to market research firm PK Data. And even though the industry appears to have hit bottom and is on its way back up this year, aquatic facility operators still face plenty of challenges.

  • School Removes P.E. Swim Curriculum After Drowning

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Manchester (Conn.) High School's pool has been shut down and its physical education swimming unit removed indefinitely, following the Nov. 21 drowning of a freshman boy.

  • Time to Rethink How Pool Operators Protect Swimmers?

    by Michael Popke June 2012

    The pool of excuses for not knowing how to swim shrinks every year. Last month, the third annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson™, held at more than 100 aquatic facilities across the United States, attempted to teach an estimated 20,000 people to swim — for free.