Friday, April 30, 2010

Late Breaking News: Ryan Lochte Will Be In Dayton Tomorrow For Charitable Swim Clinic

Ryan Lochte

Gold Medal Mel posted a Breaking News update on his blog about the new (and official) Ryan Lochte Fan Club on Facebook. I obviously clicked ‘Like’ to follow the fan page, and also learned that Ryan will be doing a swim clinic with the Dayton Raiders to benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) organization. Ryan will be at the Wright State University Natatorium tomorrow morning between 8am – 11:30am. So cool!

The deadline for buying tickets has passed, but I still think it’s exciting to know that Ryan Lochte will be in Southwest Ohio!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

First Ever LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND water park

Imagination will certainly flow this June, as LEGOLAND California Resort will debut the first and only LEGOLAND Water Park.

LEGOLAND water park

According to the website (via @pentairpool), the water park will feature a 45-foot-tall tower, several water slides, more than 20 LEGO models, and a Build-A-Raft river

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Series, “Over & Under” Will Attract Larger Audience To College Swimming Plight

Over & Under ASU Swimming Series

What is it? Over & Under is a new series following the Arizona State University Swimming & Diving Team and their journey to rebuild the legendary swim program after a series of state-wide budget cuts threatened the team’s very existence. Produced by Ontracc LLC, and presented by The Sun Devil Swimming Association, this web series follows a swim team from their first dryland practice of the season all the way through to the spring conference meet. It’s filmed like a reality show (but without the zany gimmicks) and provides a real world view of a swim team known for their perseverance.

Why is it so important? This series will give a broader audience access to the personal struggles college teams are faced with on a daily basis. Because the men’s team at ASU was officially cut and then officially reinstated – the program serves as an inspiration to college teams everywhere. By publicizing the story of their perseverance, Over & Under could lead the rally cry for the full spectrum of “non-revenue” sports fighting to stay afloat.

Where to watch. Watch previews from the first episode on Facebook beginning May 2010. ‘Like’ the page to receive the latest announcements about the series (facebook.com/overandunder).

Check out the series intro to get a feel for the show:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Link To USA Diving Chris Colwill “Beyond The Board” Interview By AT&T

Chris Colwill Beyond The Board

I love the high production value of these Beyond The Board interviews! As a corporate sponsor of USA Diving, AT&T really seems to be taking advantage of their access to the athletes. Also, be sure to check out USA Diving’s Top 10 reasons to attend the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In Brief…

> Green and Gold Tomato Soup Garrett Weber-Gale
> Learning the Underwater Dolphin GoSwim.TV
> Don’t Judge What You Can’t See Woody’s Diving Blog
> A new wave of young swimmers emerges in China Universal Sports
> Speedo Pledges Support to World Swim Against Malaria Swimming World Magazine
> Michael Alexandrov: Urban Training Gold Medal Mel
> An Affordable Video System SwimmingWorld.TV
> Warm-down: Why it

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Water Safety Organizations Join Forces For ‘Largest Swimming Lesson’ World Record

World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Press Release in PDF format

Overland Park, KS,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dante Dettamanti Water Polo Coaching Clinic In Columbus, Ohio

Dante Dettamanti Clinic

Click Here to download the flyer in PDF format

The Ohio Water Polo Coaches Association presents the Dante Dettamanti Water Pollo Coaching Clinic scheduled for May 21-23 in Columbus, Ohio.

Dante Dettamanti is one of the top performing coaches in the world, with 8 NCAA Titles, a .800 winning record at Stanford and vast international experience with some of the worlds top coaches including former Yugoslavian star Ratko Rudic.

Dante holds an MS in exercise science from UCLA. He is one of the few top level water polo coaches who combines expert knowledge of the game with graduate studies in conditioning and nutrition that have consistently produced the top players in the world.

The Dettamanti Clinic provides coaches with both a theoretical understanding of the game as well as on deck work with athletes. This unique combination allows coaches to understand how to get the most from athletes of all ages and how to produce a winning team.

  • Coaching tips and strategies
  • Essential offensive skills
  • Essential defensive skills
  • Training and conditioning, practice

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Would You Swim In The Devil’s Pool?

Devil's Pool

There are two bodies of water known as The Devil’s Pool. The first is located near Babinda in Far North Queensland, Australia. This pool gets its name because of its nasty habit of swallowing up tourists – specifically young single males. Wikipedia reports that the pool has claimed 17 lives since 1959.

Devil's Pool Australia

The origins of this mysterious place are rooted in Aboriginal legend. According to a local myth, a woman was to be married to a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man instead. When they were captured she threw herself into the waters to escape, calling for her lover to follow. Now her ghost calls to young men to follow her into the pool, leading to their eventual drowning.

Devil's Pool Australia

The second, and more picturesque Devil’s Pool is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The pool is a naturally occurring feature of Victoria Falls, and has become a tourist attraction on the Zambia side of the falls.

The Devil's Pool

According to Wikipedia:

“When the river flow is at a safe level, usually during the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls within the pool without continuing over the edge and falling into the gorge; this is possible due to a natural rock wall just below the water and at the very edge of the falls that stops their progress despite the current.” (source)

The Devil's Pool

Adventurous travelers love how close they can get to the edge without being swept over. There are no guard rails – so lean over at your own risk. This devilish pool overlooks a 103 meter drop down the second most massive waterfall in the world (twice as high as Niagra Falls, twice as wide as Horseshoe Falls, but rivaled by South America’s Iguazu Falls).

Devil's Pool

Monday, April 26, 2010

University Of Cincinnati Star Josh Schneider Predicts Program Will “Die Slowly” Without Scholarships

An article on The Swimmers Circle brought the story from Cincinnati.com to my attention. When Josh Schneider won the 50 yd Freestyle at this year’s NCAA Championships, he brought some well deserved attention to the University of Cincinnati with the team’s first national title since 1946.

Unfortunately, as previously announced by UC Athletics Director, Mike Thomas, all signed and current financial aid promises to swimmers and divers will be honored, but no new scholarships will be given out until the university is closer to balancing its athletics budget. Schneider compared the financial aid phase-out to “cutting off the blood to your heart… you’re going to die slowly” (source).

Schneider seems convinced that the program must reinstate scholarships in order to continue. He is further quoted in the Cincinnati.com article as saying:

“I think they will be able to get it back. I don’t know how long it will take. If not, they’ll have to cut it. They’re just waiting for it to implode.” (source)

Branden over at The Swimmers Circle brings up the argument about whether a team can support itself following a club model, or whether a scholarship cut is just the first step toward cutting the program. It seems the University of Cincinnati is in the unfortunate position of testing the theories. The nation will surely keep an eye on Cincinnati to see whether a program capable of producing national champions will fizzle without its blood supply.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Swimsuit Packaging vs. Excessive Packaging Failures

Swimsuit packaging

It’s Earth Day, and that means taking time to reflect on humanity’s impact on our one-and-only planet. Because Kast-A-Way Swimwear accepts orders in brick-and-mortar stores as well as online, we have a large volume of items coming in an out on a regular basis. In the spirit of Earth Day, I wanted to assess where we stand on the eco-friendly spectrum in terms of swimsuit packaging for shipments. I also put my web surfing skills to use by rounding up some of the EPIC FAILures for excessive packaging that I could find online.

First, let’s talk swimsuits. Luckily, swimsuits don’t have any moving or fragile parts that might require additional insulation. That’s not to say swimsuits are carelessly shipped – the packaging must still protect against water damage, include a flat surface for a shipping label and tracking barcode, and prevent the suit from being torn or stretched when coming in contact with other packages.

Suits arrive in large boxes that contain small individual boxes for each suit. That may seem like a lot of boxes, but these suits are going to be individually sold and shipped so they need their own container. Packaging is reduced on the manufacturer’s end because little to no padding or insulation is needed to ship swimsuits. Each Speedo swimsuit box is made of 100% recycled paper products.

Next, shipping the box requires a light-weight, waterproof method that will protect the suit from being damaged in the process. The result: polyethylene mailing envelope. This envelope is durable and perfectly fits the dimensions of the box. The ‘poly’ mailer is made of LDPE (low density polyethylene) and can be recycled wherever plastic recycle code No. 4 is accepted.

Overall, I’d say the swimsuit package and shipping materials score fairly high on a hypothetical appropriate amount of packaging scale. Now let’s check out some of the worst examples of conservative packaging. The epic excessive package stories found online:

1. HP ships Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM)
HP DIMM Packing fail
Posted on theregister.co.uk, Hewlett Packard sent a large box filled with airbags to ship a small computer chip.

2. Office Basics ships one pen…
Pen package failure
Posted on badluckcity.wordpress.com, this office supply (singular) arrived courtesy of Office Basics.

3. Individually wrapped bananas
individually wrapped bananas
Posted by Son of Five Rivers Blog, these bananas are individually packed on a polystyrene plate covered in plastic wrap!

4. Camera memory card from Amazon.com
memory card excessive package
This picture, also from theregister.co.uk, shows how Amazon shipped a memory card for a digital camera.

5. Playbill and CD in a HUGE box
packing for CD and playbill excessive
There is actually a Flickr photostream just for over-packaged products. Here are the steps it took one user to unpack a CD and playbill from a huge box.

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