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APSP University Launches New Certification Course

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) University is launching a new pool and spa certification course, based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

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Study Finds Nature Is Vital to Beating Climate Change

Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.

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NRPA Awards Grant Funding to Support Rio Grande Restoration Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, awarded Taos Land Trust with a $575,000 grant to support a local water restoration project along a portion of the Rio Grande.

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IHRSA Releases 2017 Profiles of Success

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released its annual Industry Data Survey (IDS) results and the accompanying publication, IHRSA Profiles of Success. The report provides a detailed analysis of the annual performance of leading health and fitness clubs.

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STMA Announces 2017 'Field of the Year' Winners

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional association for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches, awarded its 2017 "Field of the Year" winners.

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IAAPA Announces 2017 Brass Ring Award Winners

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the 2017 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, recognizing amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers and suppliers around the world for excellence.

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Certification Requirements in Aquatic Facilities

Certification Requirements in Aquatic Facilities

Respondents to the Industry Report survey whose facilities included aquatic elements were obviously much more likely than the general survey population to report that they currently require some staff members to earn lifeguard certifications or aquatic management/pool operations certifications.

While 28.8 percent of all survey respondents require some of their staff to earn an aquatic management/pool operations certification, for those whose facilities include aquatics, that number jumps to 49.9 percent.

And, while nearly half (48.1 percent) of all respondents require some of their staff members to earn a lifeguard certification, a full 78.1 percent of respondents with aquatics require some staff members to earn lifeguard certification.

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In the Swim: Creativity & Variety Boost Aquatic Success

If you want your aquatic facility to succeed, you need to create innovative programs that appeal to a range of swimmers and fitness-seekers. Here, we take a look at some of the latest ideas in aquatic programming.

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Goldfish Swim School Chooses Chlorine Generation

One of the fastest-growing North American franchises recently chose to use on-site chlorine generation in its facilities in order to improve safety and cost-efficiency.

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Thrills & Spills: Risk Management for Waterparks & Splash Parks

Millions of people visit waterparks every year, relishing the excitement of waterslides, wave surfing machines and much more. Keeping these guests safe is a crucial element of waterpark management.

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Avoiding Recreational Water Illness Outbreaks

Recreational water illnesses can be a big problem, especially toward the end of summer when higher bather loads mean filters are working overtime. A two-pronged approach can help avoid RWI outbreaks in the first place.

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The Air in There: Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

When this indoor aquatic facility hosted a large competitive event, it found its air handling system was not up to snuff. Now, with the right solution in place, swimmers and staffers are protected.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2018 STMA Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 16 to 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas, presented by The Sports Turf Managers Association (
FEC Summit 2018, Jan. 28 to 30 in Laguna Beach, Calif., presented by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (
2018 AOAP 7th Annual Conference & Exposition, Feb. 5 to 8 in St. Pete Beach, Fla., presented by The Association of Aquatic Professionals (
ACA 2018 National Conference, Feb. 20 to 23 in Orlando, Fla., presented by the American Camp Association (

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