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.
Recent Tragedies Put New Focus on Shallow Water Blackout
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011
The July deaths of two 21-year-old men in a Staten Island, N.Y., public pool brought increased attention to shallow water blackout - a largely unknown and potentially fatal condition that occurs when an insufficient amount of carbon dioxide is available to activate the body's natural impulse to breathe. Swimmers and free divers who practice prolonged underwater breath-holding are particularly at risk.
Second Man Dies in Staten Island Breath-Holding Accident
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor July 2011
A second man has died following an underwater training accident at a public pool on Staten Island. The New York Daily News reports that 21-year-old off-duty lifeguard Jonathan Proce died Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital following an exercise at Lyons Pool last Wednesday in which he and his friend, Bohdan Vitenko, also 21, were practicing underwater breath-holding.
Communities Find Alternatives to Eliminating Learn-to-Swim Programs
by Michael Popke April 2011
Five years ago, KNIK Aquatics, a USA Swimming club based in Anchorage, Alaska, took over the city's learn-to-swim program at Bartlett Pool, the state's only 50-meter facility.
Model Health Code Making Waves in the Aquatics Industry
by Nicholas Brown January 2011
A former manager of aquatics for the state of Wisconsin's health department, Tracynda Davis has inspected her fair share of recreational pools, and she knows all too well how pool operators respond to notifications of code violations.
Strict Usage Rules are Designed to Prevent Drowning Accidents
by Nicholas Brown August 2010
Strict usage rules at one city's pools are designed to prevent drowning accidents among children.
Aquatic Exercise Targets Younger Demographics
by Michael Popke April 2010
Aquatics professionals are targeting all age groups with a wide variety of upright exercise programming.
Research Lends Support to Long-Held Notion that Warm-Water Immersion Does a Body Good
by Michael Popke February 2010
Ongoing research is lending support to the long-held notion that warm-water immersion does a body good.
Reopening of Aquatics Center Reenergizes New Orleans Swim Programs
by Nicholas Brown August 2009
The reopening of the University of New Orleans campus aquatics center has reenergized local swim programs.
Adults Struggle to Overcome Lifelong Fear of Swimming
by Michael Popke April 2009
Helping adults overcome a lifelong fear of the water requires as much attention to comfort and confidence-building as it does to skills development.