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Category Archives: Aquatics

A lifeguard points in front of him looking into the distance. He is holding a long red flotation device. He is wearing a white t-shirt and blue swim trunks.
Due to Lifeguard Shortage, Reduction in Day Time Pool Hours Effective September 9th, 2019

Since 2009, aquatics facilities across the nation have experienced a decline in recruiting and retaining lifeguards. (Articles related to this trend have been included at the end of this notice). Despite this national shortage, the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation has been able to maintain the necessary levels of staffing to […]

A swim instructor is in the pool with a little girl. The little girl is floating on her back as she opens her legs to propel her.
A Smile is Free! – by Sarah Barnett

Something as simple as a smile can change your whole perspective on things! Imagine walking into a store and finding all of the employees who work there looking miserable and unpleasant. As you go through the checkout, the cashier does not smile and does little to interact with you. It would probably give you the […]

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Water Safety Day – by Sarah Barnett

It’s that great time of year again! The temperature warms up and people naturally gravitate towards water! However, with increased participation in aquatic recreation comes an increased risk of drowning or injury. Learning how to swim is only part of the equation to reducing your risk around water. The following are some additional ways to […]

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Benefits of Lifeguarding – by Sarah Barnett

Every summer, aquatic facilities across the country struggle to find qualified, competent, and available lifeguards to safely guard their pools. What was once considered a rite-of-passage, or the quintessential summer job, working as a lifeguard has decreased in popularity as a summer job as more and more teenagers spend their summer interning, vacationing, or participating […]