How Aquatics Centers Are Reopening Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

If any positives can emerge from a pandemic, one might be the further realization of just how important the athletics, fitness and recreation industries are to our collective physical and mental well being. Most professionals were more than willing to shutter their storefronts and sacrifice entire playing seasons as the nation came to grips with COVID-19, but there's no denying the deep sense of loss inherent to that process — feelings exacerbated by the months of forced inactivity and isolation that followed. Read it.
Three Steps to Increasing African American Participation in Learn to Swim Classes
 
Black Kids Swim is a Maryland-based non-profit charity dedicated to increasing Black participation in the sport of competitive swimming. In 2019, BKS interviewed 140 Black swim parents to identify a path toward “Improving the Competitive Swim Experience for Black Swimmers.” Read it.
Family who lost 5-year-old son in drowning gets free fence around their pool

Two weeks after a 5-year-old boy drowned in his family's pool on the North Side of San Antonio, a man who also lost his son to a drowning installed a safety fence for the family free of charge. Read it.
Diversity in Aquatics is expanding their partnering with AOAP in 2021!

Diversity in Aquatics is holding their 2021 Convention with AOAP - Pack your bags we are going to Reno, Nevada in February! Join Diversity In Aquatics as we partner with AOAP to deliver a unique educational and networking experience available at the most reasonable cost to you and your organization. Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 - Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:
(triple and quad occupancy rates are $25 per person over the quoted rates below)
GSR Hotel Rate: $105 plus resort fee not to exceed $25. (plus tax)
Summit Room Rate: $125 plus resort fee not to exceed $25. (plus tax)
** Make your reservations early as the deadline to book is January 25, 2021
The web page address to book your reservations is:  (Click Here to make your reservations today!
HydroApps Where Aquatic Management Meets Life

Work with data, not paper, with HydroApps and take your operations to the next level! HydroApps’ comprehensive, single platform web-based applications are designed and made by aquatic professionals, for aquatic professionals. AOAP Members receive 15% off.
Diversity In Aquatics is hosting a webinar

We Are Water: Diversity In Aquatics and Textured Waves Discussion by Diversity In Aquatics
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT Register Here.
Majority of Aquatic Facilities Require Certifications
A majority of aquatic respondents to Recreation Management's Industry Report Survey indicate that they require various sorts of certification for at least some staff members at their facilities.
Some 93.1% of aquatic respondents said they currently require CPR, AED or First Aid certification for staff members. Nearly nine out of 10 (87%) said they require lifeguard certification.
Finally, well over half (58.5%) said they require aquatic management or pool operations certification for at least some of their staff. Aquatic management and pool operations certifications help demonstrate an understanding of the best practices that keep pool water healthy and pools safe for swimmers. Click her to see the State of the Industry Report
Athletic Business is excited to partner with  7 Star Service  to provide bi-weekly virtual workshops

Designed to help athletics, fitness and recreation professionals tackle their biggest challenges. Join us live — or watch the workshops on demand — and you'll gain actionable ideas, insights and solutions from industry experts that you can implement right away at your own organization. 

Workshops will be available for live attendance with time for a Q&A session with the presenter, and will also be available to view on demand. UPCOMING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS:
Check out these great sessions we have planned for you:

Keswick leisure bosses vow to clean up 'swamp pool'

Leisure centre bosses have promised a swimming pool will be "quickly" put right after passers-by compared it to a swamp. A green layer of algae has formed on the surface at Keswick Leisure Pool during the coronavirus lockdown. Read it.

The students at North Dakota State University in Fargo had gone long enough without a swimming pool. A dilapidated pool inside the campus athletic complex had been shuttered for years, and by the early 2010s, demand for a contemporary aquatics center had reached its peak. Read it.
The risk of drownings has rarely been higher as Chicago endures a pandemic and one of its hottest summers

When public swimming pools and beaches closed, the key to surviving a sweltering Chicago summer during the pandemic was simple for those who could afford it: Buy a pool. For the rest of us, the options are scarce and mostly illegal, like sneaking a swim in sometimes-dangerous waters where there are no lifeguards. Read it.
Revitalize and increase visitor numbers with Wibit’s interlocking combinations and transform your swimming pool into a water adventure for all ages. All Wibit pool combinations are designed to fit the standard pool size. While keeping our successful standard combinations, we also present the new FastTrack for another competitive edge. View it.
Coming Back to Aquatics: Lessons, Rentals, New Programs Help Facilities Stay Afloat

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the aquatic world into disarray, leading to temporary pool closures across the country. It has also spurred reflection on how to incorporate more social distancing, new surface-cleaning protocols and other safety measures into aquatic programming. Read it.
Trends in Aquatic Facilities

Aquatic facilities, with all their complex equipment, staffing requirements and budgetary challenges, are a crucial cornerstone of the recreation, sports and fitness industry. From the smallest hotel pool to a large waterpark with all its features and fun, aquatic facilities require special expertise and a whole catalog of specialized equipment. Read it.
For a nominal fee, your agency can post a job opening on the AOAP website and in the AOAP Weekly. To learn more about this service click here.
OPEN AQUATIC POSITIONS - Post a job today!
Aquatics Coordinator
(Closes July 31, 2020)
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020/2021Sponsors, Marketing & Conference Partners
Pete DeQuincy, Aquatics Manager, East Bay Regional Park District, pdequincy@ebparks.org
(Content Manager)

Juliene R. Hefter, Executive Director/CEO, AOAP, 262-894-9772, juliene@aquaticpros.org
(Content Editor)