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Is Common Sense Drowning?

In the past few years the swimming pool industry has experienced an aggressive use of mandates of swimming pool codes without the inclusive interests of all stakeholders in the aquatic industry. The Virginia Graeme Baker Act cost the swimming pool industry hundreds of millions of dollars and there are new challenges that the current language does not go far enough. The Dept. of Justice has reinterpreted the ADA code for portable lifts “no longer applicable” for their intent. The Model of Aquatic Health Code public process is getting significant feedback from industry manufactures that may have their own agenda in mind and not benefiting from the collective wisdom of all stakeholders (owner/operators, designers, users, health code officials). These examples bring to question are we able to apply best practices to raise the standard of care and experience for aquatic patrons in the United States or will this effort be hijacked to promote narrowly focused agendas?

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Designing The Perfect Waterpark

Waterpark Success:  Designing the Perfect Waterpark With today’s economy, everyone wants to build a waterpark and make lots of money.  The problem is, just because you build it doesn’t mean it’s going to make money.  Most people have no idea what it costs to construct a successful waterpark, let alone what it costs to operate.  […]

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 […]

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 […]