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  • AB Show 2017: Pre-Show Coverage

    by Andy Berg November 2017

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  • How to Maximize the Use of Aquatics Recreation Space

    by Courtney Cameron October 2017

    Creative programming is key to counterbalancing the costs of operating a successful aquatics facility — even for college campuses like North Dakota State University, where the aquatics center's building and operation costs come out of student fees. Students who voted in 2013 to build the school's new aquatics center prioritized certain specialty programming — such as indoor scuba diving certification opportunities — as must-haves that made an increase in the cost of attendance worthwhile. Those looking for creative ways to broaden the classes, competitions and just-for-fun features that beckon patrons into an aquatics space will find many products aimed at expanding the patron base — as well as a few minor programming tweaks that can help appeal to a larger audience.

  • YMCA Revamps Child Swimming Lessons

    by Beth Whitehouse September 2017

    The YMCA has updated its swim program methodology this fall for the first time in more than 20 years, moving away from a heavy reliance on...

  • How to Combine Community Use and Competition in Aquatic Centers

    by Ted Watson September 2017

    In developing a multi-use aquatic center, designers and operators are often met with a fundamental challenge — how to combine the demands of performance-based competition with those of community-based leisure offerings under one roof. To put it another way, how can your aquatic center train athletes, teach tots and entertain thrill-seeking bathers all at the same time?

  • Opinion: Aqua Cycling Offers Fun Underwater Workout

    by Lisa Boone September 2017

    Class takes place in 4 feet of water on about eight bikes that are attached to the bottom of the therapy pool with suction cups.

  • Why Hydrotherapy Breaks the Barrier for Better Recovery, Training and Performance (Sponsored)

    by Deb Cox, SwimEx July 2017

    This sponsored content was provided by SwimEx. What is sponsored content?

    Hydrotherapy is the ultimate training and recovery tool. It’s a low impact workout that yields high impact results with less joint stress, muscle fatigue, and injury. Athletes can work harder, recover faster, and stay in the game. It’s a rehabilitation tool that allows for conditioning during recovery with faster results. But why does it work?

  • Trends in Aquatic Design Over the Past 40 Years

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Since 1977, the aquatics industry has been evolving ceaselessly, with pools changing in shape, depth and size, while designers worked to meet evermore specific health, safety and accessibility regulations. Athletic Business spoke with aquatics professionals at Counsilman-Hunsaker and Water Technology Inc., asking veterans of the industry what changes have stood out over the course of their careers.

  • Unexpected Pool Closure Brings Parks and Rec Changes

    by Jason Scott January 2017

    A staffing issue that led to the unexpected closure of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center natatorium in Santa Fe, N.M., on Saturday is expected to result in changes for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department employees.

  • World’s Tallest Waterslide to Be Torn Down

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    The Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City (Kan.) announced last Tuesday that the Verrückt, known to be the world’s tallest waterslide, will not reopen following the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, son of state representative Scott Schwab, in August. The slide has been closed since the incident, and is now scheduled to be torn down.

  • Can Underwater Surveillance Help Prevent Drownings?

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    The city of Edmonton has recently issued a Request for Proposal for the installation of underwater cameras in response to concern over their growing drowning rates. The cameras, also called an Underwater Drowning Prevention System, are a relatively new technology that aid in surveillance and recognition of emergency situations.