New Model Aquatic Health Code Released MANAGEMENT/OPERATORS July 18, 2018 100 New Model Aquatic Health Code Released
The new edition puts in place several changes regarding water quality, lifeguarding, chemical safety, indoor air quality and other aspects of commercial aquatics facilities. By Rebecca Robledo
After two years of revision work, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the third edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code. In addition to fine-tuning of issues such as water quality, design and lifeguarding, the 2018 MAHC covers new territory, such as the design and operation of floatation tanks. The MAHC is a model code, meaning that it only takes effect in states and municipal jurisdictions that adopt it. So far, four states, one Canadian province and three government agencies have adopted the model code in part or full. Currently, 18 states and counties are in the process or considering adoption. Some lifeguard changes have been instituted. In areas that adopted the 2018 MAHC, aquatics venues that serve alcohol must have lifeguards on duty. Additionally, lifeguards must have personal protective equipment on their persons or rescue tubes. And the new code includes fine-tuning of glare assessment for lifeguard positioning. READ MORE…
By: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated: Dec 13, 2017 – 11:32 AM
Two teenagers were shot behind the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Wednesday. KIRO 7 News flew over the scene, where yellow taped closed in part of the parking lot as police investigated late Wednesday morning. Police believe there are one to two outstanding suspects. A KIRO 7 News crew is on the way to Federal Way to learn more about the shooting for our newscast at noon. Watch on-air or here.The teenagers involved are two 17-year-old boys, and they were taken to Harborview Medical Center.Police say they know the teens. According to preliminary information from police, the teens met at the location and an altercation ensued. Then shots were fired.
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Warrensburg – Because Warrensburg moves faster than Washington, refunding the city’s 2009 and 2010 certificates of appreciation is expected to save money.Refunding, much like refinancing a house, will save nearly $648,000, city bond counsel Jack Dillingham of Piper Jaffray told the City Council on Monday. Taken together, the certificates are worth more than $8 million.“We’ll refund them to get a lower interest rate,” Finance Director Matthew Lue said. Read more…
Marshfield’s Hefko Pool – PHOTO by TJ Pezl for Midwest Communications, 2017.MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) — A new aquatic center in Marshfield should be built on the site of the city’s current swimming facility, Hefko Pool. That’s the decision of Marshfield’s Common Council who voted at their meeting Tuesday night to proceed with the project based on it being located in the Hefko Pool location. Alderman Tom Witzel made the motion to choose the Hefko site, and said it’s time to decide. “We need to make a definitive decision that this is where the pool is going to be. Because until that definitive decision is made, fundraising, all work toward that, can’t happen. We need to get this started if we’re ever going to see this happen.” Read More…
Statement from DPR Director – Keith A. Anderson on Incident at Rumsey Aquatic CenterDistrict of Columbia sent this bulletin at 08/14/2017 04:38 PM EDTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 14, 2017 Statement from DPR Director – Keith A. Anderson on Incident at Rumsey Aquatic CenterDPR
Media Contacts: John Stokes (202) 288-7275, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, August 13, there was an unfortunate incident at the Rumsey Aquatic Center at Eastern Market. While at no point was the safety of our guests at risk, the incident did involve an individual being asked to leave the facility due to offensive language and inappropriate behavior.At approximately 2:45 p.m., an individual entered the facility and proceeded to the pool deck, where he sat down and began charging his electronic device. The individual had visible drawings on his body of swastikas, upside down crosses, and “666.” Several guests raised concerns to DPR lifeguards about the individual being on the pool deck, but not using the pool. A DPR lifeguard responded by trying to speak with the individual. At this point, the individual became irate, repeatedly and aggressively using offensive language towards the lifeguard. As the situation began to escalate, a second lifeguard intervened, and the police were called. Once officers from the Protective Services Division arrived, the individual was escorted out of the facility. The pool remained closed for about 30 minutes after the incident while staff cleaned up glass from a door window that was accidentally broken while the second lifeguard was assisting with deescalating the situation. To be clear, there was no physical contact between the individual who was asked to leave and any staff or guests at the facility.Going forward, we will continue to stand by and promote our DC values of inclusivity and diversity. DPR’s mission is to provide universal access to parks and recreation services. We want to reassure our guests that while the agency does not deny access to programs or facilities based on personal appearance, we do require that all guests and employees treat one another with respect. DPR thanks the members of the community who offered our lifeguards support during and after this disturbing incident.About DPRThe DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.
Update 3:45 p.m.: The council’s vote could allow the service area board to begin working with architects on building plans for the project, said City Administrator Don Wayman.
While summer vacation is over and school is back in session in the Santa Clarita Valley, extra funding from Los Angeles County means summer swim programs in Castaic will be extended until Oct. 31.With an additional $143,000 in funding approved for the Castaic Aquatic Center by Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, both child and adult swim programs will continue to be available.“I’m pleased that the community will continue to have access to these aquatic programs for an extended period of time,” Barger said in a statement. “I know they are very popular among area residents and I’m happy they will be offered beyond the summer season.” Read more…
Kirkland Lake’s new aquatic center is going to cost taxpayers upwards of $20 million. The number was revealed during Tuesday night’s regular meeting of town council.
SUMMIT, NJ – The opportunity to capture the coveted title of ‘Best Group Float’ will be among the honors up for grabs when “The Best Float Night Ever” takes place August 16, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Summit Family Aquatic Center (SFAC). Members and paid guests are invited to attend.The event will begin with a float parade around the pool. In addition to ‘Best Group’, prizes will be awarded in the following categories: ‘Biggest’, ‘Funniest’, ‘Best Overall’, and ‘Best Under the Sea’, with a DJ, water slide, bounce house, and games with Mr. Fun by the Leisure Pool all also part of the festivities.The event rain date is August 23.The Summit Family Aquatic Center is located at 100 Ashwood Avenue.
Moving anxiously through the staging area, swim cap on, goggles in hand, a few deep sighs to keep the nerves at bay, you stare your competitors down and step timidly but confidently onto the dive board, toes behind the line, ready for the starter to begin the race.This was the scene for over 1,000 youth competitors at the final competition of the LA84 Foundation’s Summer Splash Series held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Saturday.Children of all ages had the opportunity to compete in two of Foundation’s target disciplines, competitive swimming and synchronized swimming, according to Anne-Marie Jones, LA84 Vice President of Grants and Programs.
Now Accepting Submissions for the 2017 Best of AquaticsEnter your facility today for a chance to earn a 2017 Best of Aquatics AwardIt’s that time again. We’re seeking facilities who are deserving of the title Best of Aquatics, our annual program that celebrates the industry’s outstanding pools and waterparks that excel in one, highly relevant area. This contest recognizes what facilities do best, from programming and community outreach to lifeguard training and management. All aquatics professionals are invited to enter. Read more…
McKenzie Irons has returned home as the teacher rather than the student.Irons, a recent University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate, began her new job as the aquatics director at the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA on Aug. 1.The Y, as most people call it, is a place she knows well as she began swimming there at age 8, after which she was part of the Summer Swim League, the Sea Dragons competitive swim team and the McMinn County High School swim team. Read More…
The federal government is making 15,000 more foreign workers available to employers, but pool managers likely won’t benefit.
By Nate Traylor
The Dept. of Homeland Security recently raised the number of H-2B visas from 66,000 to 81,000 this fiscal year, deepening the talent pool for U.S. employers in need of seasonal workers. But with swim season winding down, pool management firms say it’s too late in the game to benefit.“There wouldn’t be any employees who’d want to come here for just a month,” said the representative of a pool management company who wished to remain anonymous. (These firms often speak on the condition of anonymity, citing concerns about competition.)That echoes the sentiments of many other seasonal industries that feel the expansion is well intended but ill-timed. The program permits non-skilled, non-agricultural foreign laborers to work short-term in seasonal industries, and it can take up to 90 days for applications to be approved. Read More…