New Life for Aquatic Centers

If your pool is in financial trouble, obtain the facts, learn from others, and develop a plan.



Are you dealing with the possibility of your pool hours being cut back or even your pools closing? If yes then you definitely need to read on to learn more about how USA Swimming is being pro-active to keep pools open and be self-sustaining.


Our pools in the US are experiencing the results of a down economy. There has been an epidemic of pool closings because of budget cuts and lack of funding in general. Do we keep trying to operate pools like we are in the 1960’s or develop and implement a plan so they can stand on their own financially in today’s market? USA Swimming says no….. we need to revisit how we operate our pools and look at the future for the new “aquatic model” that fits the needs of all of our community members of all ages.

To learn more on “programming for sustainability” Click on Build a Pool to register for a USA Swimming Build a Pool Conference and to learn more information about the 2013 events that addresses topics for pools success.



Dilemma: cities are over budget, pools are closing = no one “learns to swim” – Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14 and the leading cause of unintentional

injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4.

Solution: present the facts, learn from others, and develop a plan. The workshop will be hosted and facilitated by USA Swimming staff with the support of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and Pool Safely. Pools must become financially self-supporting with programming that benefits the entire community.

Target Audience: Pool Managers, Aquatic Director, Aquatic Coordinators, City Council Members, Swim Coaches

USA Swimming’s Facilities’ Development Department is addressing the dilemma of pool closures in the US. In 2013 6 Regional Build a Pool Conferences will be held across the US.

The workshops are designed for individuals who have an influence on community decision makers that deal with the aquatic budget. 


Aquatic Resource Manual: written by USA Swimming is for every city, agency, schools or community that has a pool. The manual is part of a comprehensive drowning prevention plan developed by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Pool Safely Campaign. If you would like to have an electronic copy of the manual contact Sue Nelson at Use the manual to obtain new ideas, train staff, and educate stakeholders and more.

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