Life Jackets For Kids (S 2075) Bill Gaining Ground

Senate 36-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring all children’s camps’ lakes and other swimming areas, except swimming and wading pools, to have one life jacket for each child there. It also prohibits camps from refusing to allow a child to bring and use his or her own life jacket. The measure is called “Christian's Law” after 4-year-old Christian Frechette who was not wearing a life jacket when he drowned in 2007 at a town-run camp.

Supporters said one child dies from drowning every minute across the world and these requirements will save many lives. They argued 86 percent of children are found within 10 minutes and would likely be alive if they were wearing life jackets.

This bill has passed the Senate and is now in the hands of the House Ways and Means Committee.


Keiser University 2012 Class Schedule Available

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--The schedule for the two-year Associate of Science college degree program for pool and spa professionals is available. Keiser University offers students a program for working professionals who are interested in enrolling in the Associate of Science, two-year Aquatic Engineering Degree Program available through its eCampus online degree program center. Students can enter the program at any time during the year. Each class is offered in one month modules. For more information, visit and click on online education.


Hayward Chemical Controllers Obtain Certification

Elizabeth, N.J.--Hayward’s line of CAT Controller technology-based chemical automation systems have passed through NSF testing and are now listed with the NSF/ANSI Standard 50 for automated chemical controllers. The purpose of the standard is to establish minimum requirements for materials, design, construction and performance of products integral to the water circulation systems of residential and public bodies of recreational water. For more information, visit .


Waterplay Celebrates 25 Years With A Contest For The Best

Kelowna, BC--To recognize 25 years in the industry, Waterplay announces their Make Way for Water Play contest open to all projects scheduled for 2013. The winning project will be assessed by community impact, design, as well as the story behind it. Projects of all sizes and geographical locations are encouraged to enter. To participate, visit .




I appreciate the article you wrote in the PRB, “Once A Marine Always A Marine” (Part 1, January 2011).

It brought back memories from almost 30 years ago, but I can tell you the Marines were just what I needed to catapult my career. The discipline and core principals I learned there have helped me become very successful. I hope more young men and woman in our country see the honor in serving our great country. Serving four years should be part of every curriculum; I think our country’s mindset would change dramatically if this were the norm.

Looking forward to part two!

Semper Fi,

Kevin Barker

Vice President Sales and Marketing

Aacer Flooring


Hi Ron,

I just wanted to say thank you for the article. It really hit home (“Become A Moral Compass, PRB Jan.). After hearing some news from my doctor (which I’ve heard before), I finally said I’m tired of it because it’s things that are under my own control. I stopped goofing around and have been exercising daily instead of once in a while, quit eating (you know the list), and already I feel better! But still, reading your articles is always a joy. Thanks!


Scott Burton

Safety Play, Inc.


Field Notes

Adventure Golf Services has teamed up with Joravision, both known for creating miniature golf venues that engage the senses, are launching a joint effort for the creation of miniature golf and related products in the European and Asian markets.

Revel Match, LLC, the parent company of RAVE Sports announced the acquisition of the assets of AVIVA Sports, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ShoreMaster of Fergus Falls, Minn.

Jacobsen, a turf equipment manufacturer, hired Tony Whelan as Director of Sales – Western Region. Mark Williams, who previously held this position, joins the Corporate Accounts team as Director of Corporate Accounts.

Empex Watertoys has been awarded two Brass Ring Awards at the 2011 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions conference in Orlando for best water ride/attraction and the impact award for best new product with lasting impact on the industry were presented for their latest concept, Aquacircus.

US GAMES, a division of BSN SPORTS, announces the addition of Danny Radd as Western Regional Sales Manager. With over nine years of experience working in the physical education industry, Radd will work with schools to aid their physical education curriculum and Adapted PE programs.

Jason Tyner has been promoted to Eastern Regional Sales Manager for the commercial pool products business at Hayward Commercial Pool Products. Jason, who previously held the position of District Sales Manager for North and South Carolina for the residential side of the business, will work closely with commercial distributors, builders, pool architects and aquatic design companies.


Word On The Web

Brown County Mountain Biking wrote on Facebook: “Great article with a little history behind mountain biking at Brown County State Park and other trails in Indiana in this month's edition of PRB Magazine!” (February 2012)