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Nearly $1 Million in Pool Grants Awarded

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently awarded five Pool Safely grants to help combat pool and spa drowning and drain entrapments. The CPSC chose five state and local governments to receive almost $1 million in Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) funds, which will provide recipients with assistance for enforcement, training and education of pool safety requirements that are intended to save lives and prevent serious injuries.

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World Aquatic Health Conference Broadens Its Reach

The 15th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference saw its largest attendance ever this year.

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HHS Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines

Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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Industry Pioneers Inducted Into IAAPA Hall of Fame

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions inducted 11 global attractions industry pioneers into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.

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Voters Approved $2.8 Billion for Local Parks & Natural Areas

The Trust for Public Land announced that Americans once again voted overwhelmingly in support of land conservation and parks on Election Day.

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REI to Invest $1 Million in Outdoor Foundation's Thrive Outside Program

REI Co-op is investing $1 million in the Outdoor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, to support the Thrive Outside program, designed to help young people's social, emotional and academic development through the outdoors.

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VGB Act Compliance

VGB Act Compliance

When the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was first passed in 2007, the Industry Report had yet to include a section focused specifically on aquatics. That section was introduced in 2008. In 2009, we asked aquatic respondents whether their facilities were in compliance with the Act. The question was removed from the survey after 2011, but it is interesting to see how quickly pools came into compliance between 2009 and 2011.

In 2009, more than half (51.2 percent) said they were in compliance, while 20.9 percent were not, and 27.9 percent were unsure of their status.

In just two years' time, compliance increased to 79.1 percent, with just 0.8 percent of respondents indicating their aquatic facilities were not in compliance with the requirements of the Act.

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Find Your Fit: Fitness Equipment Goes Functional & Other Trends

Functional fitness is all the rage, and fitness equipment manufacturers are providing new and innovative machines that can accommodate it.

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50 Years of the Special Olympics

Walk back with us through the history of the Special Olympics, and consider how to move the movement forward.

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Play It Safe: Audits & Training Are Key to Waterpark Safety

Here, industry experts share their insights on the best practices in waterpark safety and resource management, as well as lifeguarding trends.

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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.

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Third-Party Aquatic Center Management

Sometimes it pays to contract management of your aquatic facility to a third party.

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