Gary Thill

Gary Thill is the former editor of Aquatics International, an award-winning magazine for the commercial pool and waterpark markets. He is a nationally recognized writer and editor with an extensive communications background that includes print, online and social media.

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6 ways climate change makes beaches less safe

6 ways climate change makes beaches less safe

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent story out of the U.K. highlights another growing problem swimmers around the world are beginning to face: Climate change is making beaches and open water swimming less safe. In the U.K., the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is warning spring vacationers that violent winter storms (which many scientists attribute to climate change) have […]

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Who should be restricted from pools and water parks?

Who should be restricted from pools and water parks?

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Britain’s equality watchdog recently warned that it’s illegal for a British school to ban an 80-year-old swimmer because he “swims so slowly that he will get in the way of other pool users.” Aside from the obvious reasons such policies are unacceptable, they raise thorny questions about safety versus discrimination, especially when the question is […]

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How to boost your pool’s energy efficiency this offseason

How to boost your pool’s energy efficiency this offseason

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, pool opening can be considered the most important thing you do all pool season. Like breakfast, opening the pool is the equivalent of refreshing the body after a long sleep. And like breakfast, too many pool owners try to skimp on this all important action, […]

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Who’s to blame for Norwegian cruise ship drowning?

Who’s to blame for Norwegian cruise ship drowning?

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

On first blush, the news of a recent drowning on a Norwegian cruise ship seems like an open and shut case. The facts are these: Two boys were found unresponsive in the ship’s adult pool. Despite CPR efforts, the 4-year-old boy died; his 6-year-old brother survived, though it’s unclear if he suffered brain damage as […]

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Why “No t-shirt in the pool” rule doesn’t hold water

Why “No t-shirt in the pool” rule doesn’t hold water

| March 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

At first glance, the story out of Bakersfield, Calif., about a man who’s fighting the city to be able to wear a t-shirt while swimming might seem trivial — the kind of fodder local news stations love, but which have no real consequences. Dig deeper, however, and you’ll see that this issue is about much […]

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Fear of the water is more common — and more deadly — than you think

Fear of the water is more common — and more deadly — than you think

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carmen Electra. Richard Branson. Sandra Bullock. Snoop Dog. Eva Mendes. What do all these celebrities have in common? They’re adults who can’t swim — a life-threatening problem that’s about more than just being unable to compete in the Olympics. Chances are, these celebrities, and adults like them who can’t swim, are afraid of the water. […]

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How to bring cold water drowning victims back to life

How to bring cold water drowning victims back to life

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

With winter stubbornly hanging on throughout much of the country, there’s a small bit of comfort to be had in the midst of the cold — at least on the drowning rescue front. New research shows that cold water drowning victims can be brought back to life as long as two hours after they drown […]

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OSHA needs to update underwater construction protections

OSHA needs to update underwater construction protections

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to shine a light on a serious injustice that needs to be righted. In the case of inadequate underwater construction oversite, it’s taken two. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration has cited Lucas Marine Acquisition Co. LLC, (which touts itself as “Experts in Marine Construction Solutions”) with 22 violations following […]

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Will robots replace lifeguards?

Will robots replace lifeguards?

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ah, the promise of technology. Watch the video above and you’re sure to think that robots — flying ones at that! — will soon replace lifeguards. The drone is even shown to beat a human lifeguard to a drowning victim by a sizable amount of time. (Remember, seconds count in drowning emergencies.) It’s not the first time […]

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How do I fence in my pool?

How do I fence in my pool?

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pool and spa owners in New Zealand are cheering a proposed change to the nation’s fencing law would mean that above-ground portable hot tubs with locking covers are no longer be required to have fences around them. That’s all well and good for those down under. But what about the millions of pool and spa […]

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