Category Archives: July 2008

SMART Pool Operations

Strategy denotes a carefully developed, long-term plan or method of action designed to achieve a winning goal. It makes problems easier to understand and then solve. In aquatic facilities, having a strategy in place helps us understand all aspects of the facility, and how to manage it effectively. This is key to providing a safe and healthy environment for the patrons. Even the most responsible aquatic manager and operator cannot maintain a facility without a written plan, a roadmap of … Continue reading

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UV And Ozone Systems

Across the United States, several water recreational facilities are facing class-action lawsuits because their patrons became infected with cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that is released into the water in the form of oocysts from a person who is experiencing or has had diarrhea within a two-week time frame, or has poor personal or poolside hygiene. In fact, the number of cryptosporidium cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has risen substantially in recent years. According … Continue reading

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Staff Training

Editor’s Note: This column, LBWA (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues that may be common to many PRB … Continue reading

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The Boys Of Summer

I was born in 1960 and have played baseball since I can remember. There were no formalized leagues in the 1970s for kids younger than 9, but we played pickup games every day. Today those games seem a thing of the past. I hate to sound like an old man, but the game has sure changed in many ways, as have the lessons and benefits. As kids, once we finally got on a real team, we looked forward to finding … Continue reading

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