Category Archives: April 2012

Examining Outdoor Pools

Beyond making sure a pool is compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety (VGB) Act, using security fencing, and providing well-trained lifeguards, what can managers do to increase safety? Start by using signage to educate pool-goers on safe practices, such as: • Pool rules (no running, no glass, no diving) • Times when a lifeguard is on duty • Emergency procedures • Noting those who are not permitted to swim (someone who is ill or has a … Continue reading

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Tapping Natural Resources

Although the mention of day camps might typically conjure up images of arts and crafts and rec-center programs, there are other venues to consider. For instance, those who live on the coast can take advantage of the sun, the waves and the beach, and the challenge to campers to discover skills they never knew they had. Nearly 550 children ages 10 to 17 participated in programs held at the city of Boca Raton’s three major beaches in the summer of … Continue reading

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Neck Deep

I sat with my family by the bonfire at my grandpa’s cabin–a few steps from the shoreline of Turtle Lake in northern Wisconsin–and listened to the throaty serenade of hundreds of bull frogs. Above us, the moon was shrouded in clouds and the damp July air settled lower and lower. Nobody was really talking. We all just stared into the fire and relaxed; well, that was until my brother decided it was time for one last game of tag. “Not … Continue reading

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Aquatic Safety Audits

How many times have you visited a swimming pool, water park, or beachfront and noticed the lifeguards on duty? What about their appearance made you realize they were there protecting the guests? Was it the shirt, the hat, the whistle, the big red tube they were carrying, or just the way they kept telling everyone to stop running? A quick list of the equipment that every lifeguard must have includes: • A whistle for communication • Glare-resistant sunglasses • A … Continue reading

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Earning the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor

This is the fourth in a series depicting the author’s experience in Marine Corps boot camp; the story continues just after the “recruit” is injured and returns to training, but with a different platoon. Upon returning to a boot camp training platoon following a hernia operation, I heeded the advice of a Marine gunnery sergeant I had met in the hospital–treat boot camp like Little League; learn the rules of the game, then have fun playing it. I had learned … Continue reading

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