Tampa To Host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

TAMPA, FL – When it comes to fun in the summer sun, Florida has few rivals in the United States. Unfortunately, the state also has no rivals when it comes to accidental drowning.

In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation in the 1-4 age group, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state also had the second highest per-capita rate of drowning in the nation for children younger than 14.

Year over year, these same statistics ring true for Florida. This year, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Team is looking to reverse the trend by hosting The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, Jun 24 at five Tampa pool locations. Registrations will start at 9:15 a.m. and the lesson will begin at 10.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is free and open to all ages.

One way experts say to keep children safe is to teach to swim. Even if children do not have convenient access to a pool every day, the ability to swim will help them on the occasions when they are near water.

The five locations the event will take place are:

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool: 2200 N. Oregon Ave., (813) 259-1640

    Spicola Family Pool: 2615 Corrine St., (813) 242-5355

    Cyrus Greene Pool: 2101 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., (813) 242-5305

    Copeland Pool: 110001 N. 15th St. (813) 975-2734

    Loretta Ingraham Pool: 1611 N. Hubert St., (813) 348-2080

'Crystal Lagoon' swimming pool in Wesley Chapel to start soon

Construction of a giant swimming pool called a 'Crystal Lagoon' is set to begin soon in Wesley Chapel. This photo is of the San Alfonso Del Mar Lagoon in Algarrobo in Chile.

Chilean-based company Crystal Lagoons makes gigantic swimming pools that look like lagoons and are increasingly used by upscale developments in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Now they are coming to the U.S. with some of the first projects slated for the Tampa Bay area.

Swimming Pool Suspended Between Towers

By next year, the wealthiest New Yorkers will be able to swim 300-feet in the air in a swimming pool suspended between two towers.

The 49-story American Copper Buildings will be completed next year at 626 First Avenue in Manhattan with a three-story skybridge. Residents in the copper-clad towers will have stunning views of the Empire State Building and East River. It will be the first major new skybridge in New York in 80 years, according to the developer JDS Development Group.

Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are expected to live in the 761 rental residences, though 150 apartments of those are set aside as affordable housing. Prices haven't been announced yet. The units range in size from studios to three bedrooms, the developers said. Over 5,000 copper panels make up the facade.

A 75-foot lap pool and a hot tub will be located on floor 28, one of three floors on the skybridge. A lounge and bar will take up part of the 29th floor.

If the skybridge pool isn't enough, there will be an infinity pool, outdoor shower, dining and grilling on the rooftop. The development will also have a fitness center with climbing wall.

The architectural firm SHoP Architects, which created the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is behind the design. A spokesman for the firm said the building will open later this year but will be completed in 2017. The pool will be open early next year.

High School Swim Team Test Positive for Cryptosporidium

CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina Health officials are warning residents to take precautions if they have visited or plan to visit indoor pools in Orange and Durham counties.

Three area swim team members have tested positive for Cryptosporidium since the first reported case last week temporarily closed the pool at Chapel Hill’s Community Center Park. An additional three team members now have symptoms and are being tested, health officials said.

Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite typically transmitted through contaminated food and water. It can survive for a number of days in swimming pools, even with proper chlorination, Orange County Health Director Colleen Bridger said.

Public health officials in both counties have been working with area pool managers since last week to hyperchlorinate the water and stop the parasite’s spread. That step only works if infected swimmers stay out of the pool for two weeks after their diarrhea ends, health officials said.

They also sent letters to parents and swim team coaches to let them know about the illness and offer preventive steps.

“We’ve had wonderful collaboration and cooperation from all pool operators and all swim coaches,” Bridger said. “This is just a difficult situation to control.”

If the parasite continues to spread, the affected pools could be closed, she said.

The health department is trying to strike a balance between public health needs and the needs of area swim teams, she said. This is an important time of the year for swim team members, especially with college recruiters coming around, she said.

Cryptosporidiosis symptoms usually appear within 12 days of exposure and can include watery diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps and a low fever. In some cases, patients develop nausea, vomiting and dehydration. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk of developing a serious illness.

Bridger said the usual treatment is a round of antibiotics. She advised anyone with diarrhea for more than a couple of days to see their doctor.

“It’s not a parasite that’s going away. It will be there until you kill it,” she said



Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/12/3455900/pool-borne-parasite-spreads-in.html#storylink=cpy

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To protect the public health the department has adopted sanitation and safety standards for public pools in Chapter 64E-9, Florida Administrative Code (opens in a new window), and enforces those rules through the issuance of operating permits and inspections.  Permitting and inspections are done by the Environmental Health Section of the Florida Department of Health in each county.

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