Prevention Advisor: March 2019

March is Women's History Month!

This month, we’ve been following two threads that are vital for our industry: Women’s History Month and—since the season’s upon us—all things workforce. Of course, there’s only so much we can post in a month about women’s lasting impact on aquatic health. Championing that impact while so many facilities and service companies are busy staffing up for the season means that we can focus in on (just) one reason to celebrate women in aquatics: Our subject matter experts, our leaders innovating through collaboration, and our industry analysts helping us survey vast fields of data—as often as not—have been women. We might honor them this month, but their expertise shapes our work daily.

Case in point: Emily Tipping, Editorial Director for Recreation Management Magazine, whose 2018 Aquatic Trends Report has been circulating since last month. This supplement to the State of the Industry Report is sure to be a necessary resource for anyone setting a facility budget or just trying to understand where we are and where we could be.

Our own Rose Lyda’s workforce study made the rounds again this month, and while her expertise isn’t news to us, we hope you’ll do yourself the favor of spending some time with it here. And while we’re in-house: March has been a busy month for Lauren Stack, our go-to subject matter expert for reporters seeking comment for stories in the leadup to swim season. More of these to come, but in the meantime here’s her take on water wings.

We’ve been equally lucky in our partnerships. For example, if you’re headed to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Conference next month, you’ll get a chance to hear from two folks whose vision we’ve come to rely on in our collaboration with Water Safety USA: Morag MacKay of Safe Kids Worldwide and Connie Harvey of the American Red Cross.

Of course the list could go on, but this post surely can’t, so in honor of Women’s History Month, our newest Aquatic Health Benefits Bulletin features a bibliography of sources from the last few years on topics related to aquatics and women’s health.

Social Media Highlights

Follow #wmnhist and #workforce on our social channels for more of what we’ve been up to this month. And if you find yourself on the outs with social media, our highlights from the month are below.

YMCA's Women's Leadership Conference Highlights

We missed this one last year, but plan not to do so again! Looks like it was a blast!

American Pool Has Some Tips for Staffing

Wanting to hire—and keep—the best lifeguards? American Pool has some tips in this post, and some thoughts on operators, too!

Registration for the 2019 World Aquatic Health™ Conference Opens April 1!  

In the meantime, here are some 2018 highlights from Charleston...

Interview with CPO Journey Amos, Aquatics Operation Manager at Pirates Bay in Baytown, Texas

And check out more podcasts from The Kels Group here.

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