RECENT ARTICLES
  • Round-the-Clock Programming for Competition Pools

    by Courtney Cameron August 2019

    Aquatics facility operators are always looking for ways to fill the water during more hours of the day. But for large rectilinear pools, introducing recreational programming isn't always the best way to diversify use. Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., which has hosted the California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming & Diving Championships for five consecutive years, has a laser focus on competition aquatics — and still manages to keep the pool in use more than 12 hours a day, six days a week.

  • How To Expand Your Programming Options

    by Kate Rampone July 2019

    From the standard sports development and tumbling classes to more unique programs like intramural Quidditch and water pole dancing sessions, programming options are seemingly endless. The success and profitability of your organization relies on offering diverse user groups a wide range of programs to pique their interests. However, what's successful for one organization may be a flop in another, and that's why it's crucial to have a solid understanding of who your members are. By understanding their demographic characteristics, you can formulate a programming mix that fits the generational, cultural and family lifecycle make-up of your community, college or club. Knowing your members is one thing, but figuring out exactly what programs fit their needs and wants can be the hard part. Here are some tips to help you out:

  • San Diego’s Portable Pool Program Teaches Aquatics Safety

    by Andy Berg June 2019

    San Diego’s summer portable pool program began this week, with the pool’s first stop at the City Heights Recreation Center.

  • Lifeguard Shortage Closes Pools, Challenges Industry

    by Eric Herman May 2019

    From coast to coast, a widespread shortage of lifeguards is causing closures and limited hours of operation for public swimming pools and aquatic facilities.

  • Aquatics Programming for Fun and Profit

    by Courtney Cameron April 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?

  • Pentair Webinar: How To Make Your Pool the Center of Your Community

    by AB Staff April 2019

    Gain free access to the slides and recording of this Athletic Business webinar, hosted in conjunction with Pentair and Ken Sherbenou, the Executive Director of the Montrose (Colo.) Recreation District.

  • How One Colorado Recreation District Brought the Outdoors In

    by Michael Popke April 2019

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    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.

  • 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.