Category Archives: December 2008

Repositioning Aquatic Employment

In recent years many municipal, non-profit and private agencies have expanded their aquatic offerings while at the same time a large portion of youths that has traditionally sought aquatic-related part-time jobs have pursued other opportunities. In many metropolitan areas, the number of lifeguard and swim instructor applicants has decreased, sometimes forcing operators to hire less-qualified people. Also, university students who used to lifeguard in the summer are now seeking seasonal jobs, internships and co-ops in areas related to their major … Continue reading

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Fast Pools and LZR Suits

If your facility hosts a competitive swimming program–or even if it has a pool–conversations since August have likely centered on Michael Phelps, the U.S.Olympic swim team and their record-shattering results. Phelps won eight gold medals–an unprecedented accomplishment for any athlete in a single Olympics. Along the way, there were such memorable performances as the 100-meter butterfly, in which Phelps beat Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by a margin so thin that it seemed to hinge on a pre-race decision by either athlete … Continue reading

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Be Sure To Eat Your Greens

Sometimes, when I ask people, “How are you?” they answer, “It’s Monday!” I interpret that to mean the week is beginning and the weekend is far away, so they can only be so happy. At mid-week, there is a lilt of optimism in their response. “Well, at least it’s Wednesday,” they chortle. The Friday answer is obvious. “It’s Friday!” The weekend lies ahead. We even thank God for that day. One-liners like, “We made it through another one,” are common. … Continue reading

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