Make Water Safety your Priority!  Water is an amazing thing… It soothes us. Its serene, sparkling surface invites us in to enjoy a dip, especially on hot summer days. But its allure can be dangerously deceptive. Calm water can hide strong currents, hidden debris, sudden drop-offs into deeper water, and colder temperatures. Such dangers take many lives each year. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, drowning ranks as the number two killer of its most vulnerable victims — children. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a life guarded beach, always use the buddy system! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses. Never leave a child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests. Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around  including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous. If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm. Maintain Constant Supervision Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water. Would You Know What to Do? Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. In an aquatic emergency, every second counts. Survival depends on quick rescue and immediate care. How big is the problem? From 2009-2013, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive...

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If you are in need to renovate or build a community pool, consider this important information.  Before planning to invest tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new aquatic facility or a newly renovated aquatic facility….carefully consider what attracts “water goers” to aquatic facilities. Yes, we know that local swim teams have a loud voice that wants to be heard for that new or newly renovated swimming pool your planning… and yes, even the elderly wants to have its time to be able to enjoy some lap swimming.  But if your goal is to ATTRACT and GENERATE revenue so that your investment dollars pay for themselves, you must take a step back and get a clear vision to how to get a return on your aquatic investment. Do yourself and your community a favor. STOP THE INSANITY of a traditional swimming pool and be wise to the way of the aquatic world.  It just might do YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY some good! Sorry lap swimmers and swim team organizers, but the “traditional” swimming pool as we all have known it is a dying breed. Besides the local community swim team using the traditional swimming pools one and a half months (for seasonal pools) out of the year or for year round facilities swim teams may use them 3-4 months out of the year, there is not much else to offer the new generation of water goers. Traditional swimming pool have become viewed as an ancient dinosaur that is outdated and expensive to maintain and keep operationally.  By in large that is why so many aquatic facilities have been forced to close there doors.  In addition to the expense of a traditional swimming pool is the fact that there is little to gain for attracting people to come and enjoy a day of swimming.  Fun in the sun is no longer just splashing around in an over sized bathtub. These traditional swimming pools were a big boom in the mid to late 1900 for people to cool off and organize lap swimming and swim teams.  This trend has kept pace throughout the last part of the 1990’s. However, since the turn of the century water goers have realized that traditional swimming pools are not that exciting for young swimmers now a days.  With peoples entertainment dollars being stretched to its limits, aquatic facilities have found themselves behind the eight ball.  Young people enjoy “interactive water features” such as “zero depth” entry pools (also known as beach entry pools), water features with water spraying devices, splash pads, water play grounds or fun pools, water slides, water flumes, lazy rivers...

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Aquatic labor shortages are challenging swimming pool operators around the country.  With the industry picking up throughout most of the country, businesses are facing a problem they didn’t expect until further up the sales curve — a shortage in labor. Between 2013 and 2015, difficulties finding skilled labor was perhaps the No. 1 complaint among professionals in all industry segments. That talk stopped during the recession as local markets contracted by as much as 80 or even 90 percent. Now that the national economy seems to be on an upswing, companies are looking to grow again. Many figured that there would be plenty of workers available who had left the pool and spa field and were ready to come back. Reports of labor shortages seem most prevalent in areas such as Phoenix, Sacramento County, and certain parts of Florida, which had experienced the largest construction booms last decade only to be hit hardest in the recession. While the problem doesn’t seem as prevalent in the Northeast and Southeast, those areas haven’t been immune. In some cases, the response to job advertisements has been even less than it was at the height of the economy. Even managers who found good hires this season worry what will happen at the next growth phase. “If we needed to pick up the pace to make up for rain or something like that, you can’t just go out there and find somebody,” Some experts believe that the industry’s severe contraction caused professionals to leave in droves and gain other skills. “A lot of people had to find other ways to make a living, and they’re sticking with that because at least they can count on it, whether they’re self employed or [in another industry],” In addition, many immigrants couldn’t stay in the country when work ran out, either because employment was a condition for their green cards or because they couldn’t make ends meet. Yet it seems the staffing problem may have deeper roots than the recession. As many pool and spa professionals move toward retirement, there aren’t enough young people to take their place. Other professionals report that they’re hiring candidates with solid work ethics, but no pool experience, and having to train them. Click here to view SwimShorts August...

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Drowning Facts and Figures

Drowning Facts and Figures


Posted By on Sep 21, 2015

These drowning facts and figures should get your attention.  The second largest number of accidental injuries occur to teenagers, primarily males. Often the victim has been drinking alcohol and has dove into the pool in an area too shallow for diving, or from a location not intended for diving. Many of those who “drink and dive” end up in a wheelchair, if they’re lucky. Alcohol and spas are also a potentially lethal combination; the hot water and the alcohol combine to cause individuals to fall asleep and drown in only three feet of water. NSPI statistics show that drowning and swimming accidents are best prevented by adult supervision, public awareness programs including water safety training for young children, and not drinking alcohol while swimming, diving or soaking. Statistically, most accidents involving drowning or severe injury occur to children under 5 years of age who are unsupervised, cannot swim, and fall into a pool or pool cover with water on top. Toddlers at the age of 2 or 3 are most likely to wander off from a parent’s supervision. Drowning is NOT accompanied by loud noise or splashing sounds. DROWNING IS SILENT!  To prevent child-drowning, there is NO substitute for parental supervision. In some areas of the nation, drowning has been the leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 years old. The information below can help parents and caregivers provide young children with the protection they deserve. Each year, nationwide, more than 300 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools. In addition, more than 2,000 children in that age group are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injures. Facts & Figures The following are just a few facts uncovered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in a comprehensive study of drowning and submersion incidents involving children under 5 years old in Arizona, California, and Florida. Seventy-five percent of the submersion victims studied by CPSC were between 1 and 3 years old; 65 percent of this group were boys. Toddlers, in particular, often do something unexpected because their capabilities change daily. Pool submersions involving children happen quickly. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone. Seventy-seven percent of the victims had been missing from sight for 5 minutes or less. Survival depends on rescuing the child quickly and restarting the breathing process, even while the child is still in the water. Seconds count in preventing death or brain damage. Child drowning is a silent death. There’s no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble. Click here to view SwimShorts of June...

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Lifeguards are NOT Babysitters!

Lifeguards are NOT Babysitters!


Posted By on Sep 21, 2015

This is why lifeguards are not babysitters.  Last week I took my children to a small community water park. It’s a nice facility with a couple of big water slides, a lazy river, and a water playground for the little ones. The depth is only about 3 ½ feet at a maximum, so my 10-year-old twins are able to stand up easily everywhere in the pool. My four-year-old, however, is too short for the deeper sections, and had to stick to the little kids’ area, which was only about 18 inches deep. I had forgotten to bring her life jacket, so even in the shallow water, I stayed close enough to keep an eye on her. Watching your child is your responsibility The municipal water park we visited had a number of lifeguards on duty. The lifeguards were attentive, and worked on a rotation so that they would always be alert. Still, I did not depend on them to babysit my kids. The lifeguards are there to make sure swimmers follow the safety rules and to help if anyone is in danger, but in a crowded pool even the best lifeguards can miss things. Such was the case in Manassas, Virginia in June. Lifeguards were on duty when a 4-year-old girl nearly drowned at the bottom of a community pool. But had it not been for the heroic action of another swimmer, a 9-year-old girl, the younger girl would have likely died. The young rescuer swam to the bottom and pulled the 4-year-old to the side, where lifeguards administered life-saving CPR. Who is to blame? My first thought upon reading about the above case was probably the same as yours: Where was the mother of the little girl who nearly drowned? As it turned out, she was not even in the pool area when the accident happened. The 23-year-old mother had left all five of her children, ranging from 1 to 8 years old, unattended at the pool while she went to the front desk to check in a friend. Local authorities took the incident seriously. The police charged the mother with three counts of child neglect, one for each of her youngest three children. They made it clear that when it comes to very young kids, at least, children must not be left unattended at the pool even in the presence of lifeguards. Don’t let your “me time” put your kids at risk I’ve always been the type of mom who gets in the pool with her kids. I know that pools can be very dangerous, and that little ones can drown even while using flotation devices. Besides,...

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Dont Leave a Carbon Footprint

Dont Leave a Carbon Footprint


Posted By on Sep 21, 2015

Dont Leave a Carbon Footprint when it comes to the operations of your aquatic facility.  USA Management specializes in helping pool operators convert to a complete sanitizing system. Using harsh chemicals to balance your waters chemistry is not only expensive but it is also harmful to the environment and the people who come in contact with them. We can’t tell you how many times we have seen pool operators have chemical spills at facilities that have left behind holes in the floor, damage pump equipment and corrode electrical panels that why we as facility operators wanting to eliminate the use of harsh chemicals. Well, that time has arrived. The next phase in water sanitation has begun. No more buying, using or storing harsh chemicals ever again! Keep on top of your facilities with our web based controllers. Facility managers can pull up any facility at a moment’s notice from any internet connection in the world. Our controllers will also email and text message you if there is a problem at any of your facilities. No more wondering how your pools are doing because with this latest technology you will now know . Let us help your Facility enter the next phase in water sanitation. Click here to view SwimShorts of April...

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