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  • How One Colorado Recreation District Brought the Outdoors In

    by Michael Popke April 2019

    The following content is supported by one of Athletic Business's advertising partners. To learn more about sponsored content, click here. There will also be an upcoming webinar discussing the success of the Montrose Recreation District on April 17th. Click here to learn more and register.


    Located on Colorado’s Western Slope, the Montrose Recreation District provides residents with a rich array of outdoor recreation opportunities that include hiking, camping and skiing. But until early 2017, it lacked a comprehensive indoor recreation and aquatic center — an amenity many local voters didn’t believe was necessary, especially given the city’s vast outdoor recreation options.

  • Details Emerge in CSU Swim Coach's Resignation

    by Jason Scott March 2019

    Details surrounding the resignation of Cleveland State University men’s swimming and diving coach Paul Graham have begun to come to light.

  • Aquatics Programming for Fun and Profit

    by Courtney Cameron March 2019

    For those who have staked their careers in the aquatics industry, it comes as no surprise that the majority of an aquatics facility's revenue is generated through two means: learn-to-swim programs and competitive swim teams. These two staples of the aquatics facility landscape are dependable, continuous, low-maintenance — and predictable. Unfortunately, this means that the bulk of a facility's cost-recovery rests on the shoulders of a relatively small population. How can facility managers cater to the needs of their most loyal patrons while driving growth in the simultaneous goals of fun and profit?

  • NSPF CEO Lachocki to Retire in 2019

    by Andy Berg October 2018

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation will see a change in leadership in the coming year, as the foundation's current CEO has announced he will retire in 2019. 

  • Tips for Designing an Outdoor Pool

    by Michael Popke August 2018

    One of the three outdoor pool options presented to the Boulder City (Nev.) Parks and Recreation Commission earlier this year included a $27.3 million plan to build three bodies of water — including a competition pool and a recreation pool with extensive play features — that would anchor space for indoor racquetball courts and multiple fitness areas.

  • Adding New Revenue Streams to Your Aquatics Facility

    by Kate Rampone May 2018

    It can be a challenge to incorporate recreational programming within competitive pool spaces, while ensuring both programs meet their full potential. However, an improved bottom line through additional revenue streams and less downtime in your aquatics facility might be worth the extra planning and coordination. Plus, there are a lot of fresh, fun and inclusive recreational programming options that can make your competitive pool space into one that's used by all walks of life within your community.

  • How to Add More Fun to Your Aquatic Facility This Summer (Sponsored)

    by Recreonics, Inc. May 2018

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    With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start to pool season, now is the perfect time to revitalize and add more fun to your swimming pool or aquatic facility.

    Coming up with fresh programming ideas every year can be a challenge for even the best aquatic professionals. One solution to this challenge is Wibit inflatable play products. With Wibit, aquatic facility owners and operators can transform any pool – regardless of size and depth -- into a water adventure, sure to increase visitor numbers and revenue at your facility.

  • New Pool Space Solutions from Down Under (Sponsored)

    by Karen Andrus-Hughes, S.R.Smith February 2018

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    Swimming is a favorite Aussie pastime, so it’s no wonder a unique swimming pool separation system was developed in Australia. SwimWall Systems™ from S.R.Smith help maximize pool space and allow a variety of aquatic activities to take place simultaneously. Today there are close to two dozen aquatic facilities in Australia that are maximizing their pool space with SwimWall Systems.

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    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.