City lifeguards launch emergency mobile response during Hawaii Beach Safety Week

Drownings can happen with astonishing speed. “A person can drown in 30 seconds, which is why time is of the essence in getting rescuers to patients in the water,” said Honolulu Ocean Safety Lt. David Loui, who stood on the shores of Maunalua Bay alongside two fellow officers and two Ocean Safety trucks and a utility terrain vehicle Monday to heighten public awareness of drowning risks and preventive measures for Hawaii Beach Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. Read it.
Registration is open for the 2021 AOAP Conference and Exposition and the 2021 Diversity in Aquatics Convention

The 2021 AOAP Conference and Exposition and Diversity in Aquatics Convention full registration booklet is now available and we are taking registrations. There is also a fantastic VIRTUAL OPTION for AOAP being offered as well if you are not able to attend in person. Click here for attendee or exhibitor registration Information and to download the conference/convention booklet or Click here to apply for an AOAP Conference scholarship.
One injured in gas leak at Littleton High School pool

One person was injured by a chlorine gas leak at the Littleton High School swimming pool on Sept. 10, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.
Firefighters responded to a call for an “odor of chlorine” from the pool's control room area shortly before 8 p.m. on Sept. 10, said South Metro Fire spokesperson Connor Christian. A custodial crew was in the building at the time.
Colorado Drowning Deaths Hit a Record High. Here’s How to Stay Safe

As if 2020 hadn’t thrown enough at Coloradans already, consider this: Drowning deaths in Colorado just hit a record high. As of September 1, the state has reported 29 drowning deaths this year, making it one of the deadliest years in Colorado history, says Grant Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife boating safety program manager. Most of these deaths can be attributed to novices being on the water. “With the pandemic, more people are getting outside, which is great, but they’re getting into activities that are new to them,” he says. Read it.
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Effective Date for Drain Cover Standard Delayed

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve to delay the effective date of CPSC’s drain cover standard, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 from Nov. 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021. The six-month delay was requested by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) on March 24, 2020, to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted manufacturers and test labs. Read it.
Success Through Collaboration: Lessons from a public-private partnership

With the right focus, the right team and an ongoing commitment to the project and the partnership, the public and private sectors can join forces to tackle even the most vexing challenges facing large, urban municipalities. Read it.
‘No Swimming’ Isn’t A Suggestion

Our severe riptide currents have claimed another life, a young woman from Brooklyn who came to Rockaway to take a swim. Did Chinnel Brown know that Rockaway’s riptides can be deadly, especially when there were no lifeguards on duty? We’ll never know. Read it.
Pool Safety: The Essentials

There are certain things you need to keep in mind while enjoying time in and around your pool to keep your family safe. If you don’t have a pool yet but are considering installing one, there are safety precautions you should be aware of before making such a commitment and financial investment. Read it.
COVID-19: Risk Management & Prevention Measures for Aquatic Professionals - 35% discount for AOAP Members!

The best practices for managing the risks of COVID-19 continue to evolve as we learn more about how the disease is transmitted and as we gain experience managing guest and team behaviors. This course discusses modes of transmission, prevention measures, and best practices for minimizing the risks of COVID-19 exposure from both the operational and program delivery perspectives. AOAP Members using the Member’s Only Coupon Code are eligible for a 35% discount on this course through 2021. Preview the curriculum and see a sample lesson by following the link below. AOAP Members Click Here to receive the discount code.
Aquatic Facilities More Concerned With Maintenance, Staffing

According to Recreation Management's State of the Industry Report, respondents from aquatic facilities were more likely to name equipment and facility maintenance, as well as staffing issues, as a top concern than non-aquatic respondents.
Nearly six in 10 (57.5%) of aquatic respondents said equipment and facility maintenance were a top issue for them, compared with 55.2% of non-aquatic respondents. The difference was even greater for staffing issues, with 56.6% of aquatic respondents naming it a top issue, compared with 48.2% of non-aquatic respondents.
Likewise, 42.7% of aquatic respondents said marketing and increasing participation at their facilities was a top issue, compared with 34.3% of non-aquatic respondents; and while 32.9% of aquatic respondents said creating innovative new programming was a top issue for them, just 23.1% of non-aquatic respondents said the same.
New Manikin allows start to finish Lifeguard Training

The Ruth Lee Pool Rescue manikin is already transforming lifeguard training around the world. It allows a trainee to complete a simulated rescue, from start to finish, without needing to switch between different equipment and live volunteer casualties. Perfect for post-COVID training!  From deep-water recovery and towing, to assisted lifts and using a rescue board, the Pool Rescue manikin allows a trainee to learn essential skills while minimizing person-to-person contact. Read it.
COVID-19: Where is the Silver Lining?

Without a doubt, our COVID-19 challenges have been enormously complicated and very stressful since its outbreak. However, there have been positive developments and lessons which can be learned from this difficult experience. Here are a few observations worth sharing with students engaged in your campus recreation programs: Read it.

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