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I’ve Been Red Crossed

Every month there seems to be another update about the American Red Cross fees.  First the Red Cross changes fees, then everyone complains, and then the Red Cross changes fees, then everyone complains … it’s getting pretty old.

I think everyone (and I mean everyone) needs to get over this.  Yes, I can understand that the Red Cross released their new fees in the worst way possible by dumping it onto everyone in the middle of a budget after lesson fees have been posted.  And yes the Red Cross’s responses to this have been pretty poor (and in my opinion not well thought out), but do you really think they can keep offering the same services priced the way they were in the 90’s?  Haven’t you changed your fees in the past … I don’t know 10 years?

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Joe’s Favorite Quotes

  “Don’t confuse the urgent with the important.” “The ability to adjust is a sign of leadership.”  – William H. Danforth, Founder of Ralston Purina “People base decisions upon what they think rather than what they know.” “Don’t forget to do the homework.” “Who says?” “Who is “they”?” “Prove it.” “An answer is not necessarily […]

Swimming Is The Top “Aspirational Activity” For Kids And Seniors

The Sporting Good Manufacturing Association partners with five other organizations to ascertain activity popularity. In 2011, they measured the activity of different age groups hope or wish to do (aspirational activity) for seven age groups ranging from six to 65+ years of age. “Swimming for fitness” was in the top three aspirational activities for EVERY […]

Swimmers Have A Lower Mortality Rate Than Runners And Walkers

It is universally-accepted that physical activity is good for your health and reduces mortality rates. Studies that compare mortality rates between swimmers and other common physical activities are rare. The most compelling findings are those  of Chase, Sui, & Blair (IJARE, 2008, 2(3), 213-223)  that compared 40,517  men  20-90 years who completed health examinations from […]

Florida Makes Numerous Changes To Swimming Pool Health Code

On April 27, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed into law numerous changes to the responsibilities of the Florida Department of Health. The biggest change provides for sanitation and safety standard regulation pertaining to water quality to be the department’s main responsibility, while local enforcement districts may determine compliance with the construction standards. This change seems […]