23 May 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 736, 2018 is now out!

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Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
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Jennifer Fields
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Partnerships development manager,
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Michel Buchel
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Communications and Events Manager,
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Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

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Managing attitudes to swimming

15 Aug 2011
by Aleatha Ezra, Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association
Only 26 per cent or parents surveyed felt it was very important to take a shower before swimming.

Pool and waterpark operators within the US got a wake-up call with the release of a survey looking at parents' attitudes on showering before swimming.

Conducted by the CS Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, the poll found that of the 865 parents surveyed, only 26 percent felt it was very important to take a shower before swimming.

In contrast, 64 percent said it was very important for children to avoid swallowing the water they swam in.

With the Center for Disease Control reporting increases in recreation water illness within the US, this is an area where increased education for both waterpark staff and guests needs to be stepped up.

This issue really has no geographic borders either. The World Health Organization made the following recommendations in its Guidelines for safe recreational water environments: swimming pools, spas and similar recreational-water environments volume 2, released in 2000:

Pool operators can help prevent fecal contamination of pools by encouraging pre-swim showering and toilet use and confining young children to pools small enough to drain in the event of such an incident.

The education of parents of small children with regard to good hygienic behaviour at swimming pools is another approach that may prove to be useful for improving health safety at swimming pools and the reduction of AFRs.

Operators throughout Europe have been preaching this message through park policies and pool signage for years. Yet, it's important that the worldwide water leisure industry remain vigilant on this issue and not allow lackadaisical attitudes among parents and patrons to prevail.

The solution must be a collaborative effort between park and pool operators and parents that focuses on simple preventive measures. These include showering thoroughly before swimming, taking children on bathroom breaks, reminding children not to not swallow the water and not swimming if ill with diarrhea.



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