• Four Cited After Fight at Community Pool

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A fight at a public pool in Ohio led to the citation of two adults and two juveniles after the altercation got out of control.

  • Public Pools Banning Underwater Breath-Holding

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Public swimming pools across the country are banning prolonged breath holding due to condition called hypoxic blackout, or shallow water blackout, which can lead to drowning. It's a topic AB first explored in 2006.

  • How to Structure Spectator Seating in Natatoriums

    by Scott W. Hester May 2015

    Spectator seating, a key component in any competitive venue, can often become a hot-button topic when designing a natatorium. Aspects such as quantity of seats, type of seat, location, spectator viewing angles and many more variables will arise when making these important decisions. While there is some level of subjectivity involved, and expectations can vary widely, these choices can have a significant impact on a facility.

  • 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. 

  • Kids' Triathlon Pool Fails Inspection, Used Anyway

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Thousands of children participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., despite reports that the pool used had failed a health inspection earlier in the week. But that’s okay, event and city officials say.

    As part of the two-day conversion of EverBank Field to host swimming, biking and running for the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, a portable pool was constructed on the site. The event was a success, despite reports that swimmers had to be pulled from the pool by lifeguards due to the absence of pool ladders. 

    Because the pool was temporary, city officials say it was not considered a public pool under the state’s Department of Health, and thus was not subject to the same inspection criteria. In particular, the water used for such pools is pumped in and out and not recalculated. 

    “They actually don't have guidelines to monitor portable pools, so we actually work with them to set up a structure that allows us to circulate the water and make sure that it's safe,” event director Tom Gildersleeve told

    Furthermore, while the status of portable pools for city inspection purposes is still a little murky, the event still had to fulfill the guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. 

    “Our events are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the governing board underneath the U.S. Olympic Committee so there's a safety protocol we follow,” Gildersleeve said.

    Such pools have been used at other kids triathlon events. Lifeguards were also on hand both in and out of the pool to monitor participants’ safety. 


  • The AB Extra: April 17

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The April 17th edition of The AB Extra, the inspiring, quirky or downright weird stories you may have missed this week.

  • Anonymous Donation Will Keep City Pools Filled This Summer

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern April 2015

    With a severe drought hitting the southwestern United States, many towns are forced to rethink the way they use available water. Mineral Wells, Tex., was planning on keeping their public pools closed this summer in an effort to conserve water. 

  • 2015 Aquatic Design Portfolio: First Colony Community Association Aquatic Center

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Location: Sugar Land, Tex.
    Project submitted by: Water Technology Inc., Clark Condon Associates Inc.

  • 2015 Aquatic Design Portfolio: Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Location: Brighton, Colo.
    Project submitted by: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Water Technology Inc.

  • 2015 Aquatic Design Portfolio: North Valleys Water Splash Park

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Location: Reno, Nev.
    Project submitted by: Aquatic Design Group