Aquatics Legislative, Code and Standard of Care Updates

Association of Aquatic Professionals Legislative and Code Goals

The Association of Aquatic Professionals was created to be an association that exclusively promotes and advocates policies, practices and procedures that contribute to safer and improved aquatic education, aquatic recreation activities, programs, and facilities; provides and supports quality aquatic education opportunities; coordinates and conducts research in the field of aquatic management and safety; promotes coordination and cooperation between established aquatic associations responsible for all aspects of aquatic programming, aquatic management, aquatic operation and maintenance and aquatic facility design. Part of that goal is to keep the aquatic industry up to date on issues that affect how they run and operate their facilities.

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Wage and Hour Division United States Department of Labor

Do you use 14-15 year old swim instructors or instructor aides / helpers? Did you know that the DOL requires them to be certified?

Fact Sheet # 60: Application of the Federal Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the Employment of Lifeguards

CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is guidance to prevent injury and illness linked to aquatic venues — such as pools, hot tubs, and splash pads — open to the public. This guidance brings together the latest science and best practices to help jurisdictions save time and resources when they develop and update pool codes. Pool codes regulate how aquatic venues that are open to the public are designed, constructed, operated, and managed. These codes address topics such as how aquatic facilities are built, how lifeguards are trained and certified, and how chlorine levels in the water are tested.

The MAHC applies to aquatic venues open to the public. These venues can be operated by:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Apartment complexes
  • Homeowners’ associations
  • Membership clubs (for example, gyms)
  • Schools
  • Waterparks

CMAHC promotes health and safety for public swimming facilities in the U.S. A member-driven organization, CMAHC is unique as it exists exclusively to advocate, evolve, innovate, promote implementation, organize research in support of, and advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on needed updates to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).