Category Archives: April 2014

Risky Business

As an expert witness called to testify by attorneys in numerous drowning or near-drowning cases, I’ve observed a victim’s family members attempt to ease the pain of losing (or almost losing) a loved one by finding someone to blame. In certain cases, a lifeguard or pool manager failed to perform his or her duties, or a facility didn’t provide a reasonable standard of care, and the finger-pointing is justified. At other times, however, the tragedy is exactly that: a tragedy. … Continue reading

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Where There’s A Will

Photo Courtesy Of Yadira Calderon

Adapted aquatic opportunities cater to a wide range of patrons. Although the phrase “adapted aquatics” typically conjures up images of older adults and persons with significant disabilities, it also applies to a child with arthritis, an athlete recovering from an injury, an individual with autism, or an adult caring for a parent. Since most facilities cater to those with willing and strong bodies, through athletics, fitness classes, and events, these same facilities that don’t consider participants that have the will … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Field Notes Haviland Pool & Spa Products has promoted Misti Daly to the position of Customer Service Manager. Daly joined the Haviland team in 2005 as a sales coordinator.  Ephesus Lighting Inc., an LED lighting company in Central New York that designs and manufactures LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has announced a corporate restructuring to ensure it is positioned to manage its rapid growth.  Hayward Industries, Inc., a supplier of swimming pool products, … Continue reading

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Waterfront Hazards

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It seems like every day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other governmental agencies are passing a new regulation prohibiting yet another activity on waterfront property. Woe to the park district that runs afoul of one of these regulations, as it may lead to lawsuits, fines, and possibly even jail time for the administrators. In the face of these penalties, here are four approaches every park district administrator must use to keep the district out of trouble and retain his … Continue reading

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Enjoyable Experiences

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Several years ago Mike Buchanan, the superintendent for the city of Manhattan (Kan.) Parks and Recreation Department, was tending to some business at the park on a warm Saturday morning in July.  A softball team in the department’s 4th-grade league had begun practice, and Buchanan watched the girls complete some basic warm-up drills rather lethargically due to the heat. Then practice took an interesting turn. An assistant coach placed a bucket of water balloons between home plate and the pitching … Continue reading

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