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October 31, 2022 Rec Report E-Newsletter
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Grants Available for
Learn-to-Swim Programs

Swim lesson providers can now apply for the 2023 USA Swimming Foundation Learn-to-Swim Grant. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2022. In 2022, the USA Swimming Foundation awarded a combined $932,000 to youth and adult swim lesson providers.

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Trust for Public announced that it is supporting 33 different ballot measures across 14 states this November. If all are approved by voters, they would generate $11.6 billion in new state and local funding for parks, conservation and climate.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation's leading advocate for parks and recreation, in partnership with Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, announced the winners of the 2022 Perk Your Park Project.
The City of Uvalde, Texas, Archewell Foundation and KABOOM! recently partnered to support community unity and healing by creating a playspace for kids and the community to enjoy.
The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) is partnering with the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) to offer MAHC Tracks for the second consecutive year during the Annual AOAP Conference and Exposition, scheduled for Feb. 11-18, 2023.


Sports Field Management Association announced that registration is now open for its 34th annual Conference & Exhibition on Jan. 16-19, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Graph comparing swimming lessonsINDUSTRY STATS
Learn-to-Swim Programs Are Popular, Led by Efforts to Teach Children

According to Recreation Management’s Aquatic Trends Report, nearly eight out of 10 (77.7%) aquatic respondents said they currently provide learn-to-swim programs at their aquatic facilities.

Of those who currently provide learn-to-swim programs, almost all (94.8%) provide such programming for children ages 17 and younger. Another 71.9% provide learn-to-swim programs for parents and babies or toddlers, such as mommy—or daddy—and me classes. Almost two-thirds (65.2%) said they provide learn-to-swim programs for adults ages 18 and up, and 36.1% provide learn-to-swim programs for seniors.

To see the Aquatic Trends Report, click here.

To see the State of the Industry Report, click here.  

2022 Buyers Guide
October 2022

Splash play areas have come a long way over the past two decades. Newer offerings continue to innovate and offer inclusive opportunities for play, while finding ways to conserve water when needed.

The pandemic has shifted the way people look at building cleanliness. Here are six things to consider to make your venue healthier for occupants.

The day-to-day work of running an aquatic facility is complex. To ensure your facility is running optimally, it helps to take a step back every now and again, and ask for input from the experts.

Most aquatic facilities are trying to get back to a level of pre-pandemic operations, which underscores the critical need to ensure that lifeguards and swim instructors are properly trained and constantly improving to fill any knowledge gaps.

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