Editor's Desk - February 2012
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First there were warnings about indoor aquatic facilities and respiratory complaints. Then those warnings were rebutted. First there was a rule requiring pools to adopt new methods to protect swimmers from entrapment. Then the rules changed. First there was a range of pool codes varying from county to county. Then the Centers for Disease Control and other parties stepped in to try to offer some guidance. First the Americans with Disabilities Act set out guidelines for facilities of all types. Then those guidelines got more specific for pools. First there was chlorination to prevent problems in your pool's water. Then there was UV technology and more, to provide added protection.

As an owner or operator of an aquatic facility, it can be challenging to stay on top of all the latest developments in the industry. That's why we try to offer as much detail as possible in every issue of Recreation Management, and online at the RecManagement.com Web site.

Even so, the industry is so complex and changes in trends and rules occur so often, that we like to provide a little more depth. A little more detail on specific trends. That's why we put together this handy Guide to Aquatic Centers.

Turn the pages, and you'll find stories covering the latest trends in design and programming for aquatic centers, as well as an overview of the latest changes in the rules and methods that help keep swimmers safe and protected, from ADA updates to trends in lifeguarding.

Read on for more depth, but be sure to keep tuning into the pages of Recreation Management and browsing the Web site, where we'll do our best to provide the most up-to-date information you need to keep your aquatic center sailing smoothly.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management