Editor's Desk - February 2013
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Keep Afloat

If you operate or manage a swimming pool, aquatic center, waterpark, splashpad or other type of aquatic amenity, you know that there's always something new popping up on the horizon. From new legal requirements to developing standards, from changes in revenue and funding expectations to changes in what your patrons want from their pool, the requirements of keeping your aquatic facility afloat are constantly evolving. If you don't stay ahead of the changes, your facility could sink under the weight of obsolescence.

So, how do you keep aware of all the goings-on in this 24/7 world? Take a breath, take a seat and flip through this handy Guide to Aquatic Centers. In these 36 pages, you'll find many of the newest trends, including how new and renovated facilities are adapting to changing economic realities and evolving customer expectations, as well as programming ideas and ways to improve the safety of your swimmers.

If you're looking for all the information right now, go ahead and flip to the back pages, where we've summarized a year's worth of aquatic reporting in just a couple of pages. But if you've got the time, I hope you'll take it to page through and read about success stories from across the country, as well as advice from some of the top experts in the industry.

Add it all together, and you've got a useful tool to guide you through the coming year at your aquatic facility.

Be well,

Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management