Sunday, June 12, 2011

Voluntary Recall of One Million Pool Drain Covers

pool drain cover recall

On May 26, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall that now includes pool and spa drain covers from 10 different manufacturers.

The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. So far there have been no reported incidents or injuries.

Aquatics International is on top of the story, and will continue to provide updates as the story develops. Check out their article: CPSC Issues Massive Drain Cover Recall or visit their Drain Cover Recall Roundup (yeehaw!)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Coca-Cola “Eight-Pack” of Athletes Includes David Boudia

The Coca-Cola Company announced in a press release, that eight athletes will serve as “Ambassadors of Active Living.” The “Eight-Pack” are a group of Olympic Champions, medalists and hopefuls that will be featured on advertising and marketing materials leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Why an 8-pack and not a 6-pack? From the press release:

Shifting from a Six-Pack to an Eight-Pack of Olympic athletes is another part of Coke’s continued efforts to offer consumers new ways to experience the brands and beverages they love. Recently the Company evolved its packaging lineup to include eight-packs of 90 calorie mini-cans and a new 1.25 liter contour bottle to better meet the needs of consumers in the same way its Olympic Eight-Pack will fuel America ‘s passion for the Olympic Games.

David Boudia is the obvious choice for an “Eight-Pack” marketing campaign…

david boudia coke coca cola eight 8 pack

The Coca-Cola “Eight-Pack” of athletes includes:

  • David Boudia – silver medalist in men’s platform (10M diving) at 2008 FINA Diving World Cup and winner of 14 national diving titles; 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10M Dive Champion; member of the 2008 Olympic Team
  • Henry Cejudo – 2008 Olympic gold medalist in 55kg freestyle division (wrestling); youngest American wrestler ever to win an Olympic gold medal at 21 years of age
  • Marlen Esparza – 2010 U.S. national champion in women’s boxing; gold medalist at the 2008 Pan American Games; longest winning streak at the U.S. nationals and undefeated in every U.S. event competed in the last five years; number one ranked female amateur flyweight boxer in U.S. for the last five consecutive years
  • John Isner – currently ranked 39 th in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) standings; winner of record-breaking singles tennis match at Wimbledon ; which lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes; widely recognized as having one of the hardest serves on the ATP Tour
  • Shawn Johnson – winner of one gold and three silver medals in women’s gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team; three-time gold medalist at the 2007 World Championships in All-Around, Floor, and Team; and four-time gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in All-Around, Balance Beam, Floor and Team; and 2008 Olympic Trials All-American champion
  • Jessica Long – seven-time Paralympic Gold medalist in women’s swimming; member of 2004 and 2008 U.S. Paralympic Teams; 2008 Paralympian of the Year; seven-time World Championship gold medalist and two-time silver medalist in 2010
  • Alex Morgan – drafted number one overall in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft; youngest member on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
  • David Oliver – Beijing 2008 Olympic medalist in men’s 110M hurdles; member of 2008 U.S. Olympic team; 2010 Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year; 2010 U.S. Outdoor Champion

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Greg Louganis Dives with Gary Hunt in Athens

greg louganis and gary hunt red bull


Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Gary Hunt traveled to the Olympic swimming pool in Athens to dive with the legendary Olympic gold medalist, Greg Louganis, ahead of the third stop in the Series.

Louganis will be a celebrity judge for tomorrow’s cliff diving competition in Athens, Greece. The event will be webcast live on Redbull.TV. Tune in to cheer on Purdue diving alum, Steven LoBue!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Swimming Pool Lifts for New ADA Requirements

swimming pool lifts for ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice released updates to the ADA that include accommodations for “accessible means of entry for pools.”

Larger pools (>300 linear feet) require at least two means of access and smaller pools (<300 linear feet) require at least one means of access (source). Means of access? We’re talking about ramps and lifts to provide access for anyone cannot use ladders or stairs to enter a public pool.

Your public pool must be compliant by March 2012! Check out this handy cheat-sheet from S.R. Smith:

swimming pool lifts for ADA

This handy PDF has all the details about how the new ADA requirements will affect your pool operation, and the options you have. Kast-A-Way Swimwear is now accepting orders for S.R. Smith lifts and other accessibility products. We anticipate demand to increase significantly as the deadline approaches, and I’d suggest pools get their orders in now with a later ship date.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rob Butcher Interviews Patti Kast During USMS Spring National Coverage

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

Our very own Patti Kast was interviewed in a nice segment at the end of this video coverage of the 2011 USMS Spring Nationals meet.

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

rob butcher patti kast usms spring nationals

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Revolving Door of Swimming Retirement

ian thorpe and aaron peirsol

Friday, February 4, 2011

Does A Thorpedo Beat A Five-Dollar Foot-Long?


It looks like the Thorpedo is back, so I’d like to give Quiznos a tip… ditch the oven with an erotic voice and rename your sandwich – it just makes too much sense! Plus the Torpedo is only $4.

Wait, do they still make these? I haven’t been to Quiznos in years.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Screen Shots and Trailer for Michael Phelps Kinect Video Game Coming June 2011

505 Games Announces Michael Phelps – Push the Limit Coming to Kinect for Xbox 360 in June 2011

michael phelps kinect video game

Agoura Hills, CA – February 2, 2011 – Global videogame publisher 505 Games today announced the first game to release in its partnership with Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps

Monday, January 24, 2011

Orthodox Christian Holiday in Macedonia Includes Diving for Cross

cross diving

I was browsing around on, and found photos of this interesting celebration. Here is the photo description:

“Macedonian Jovan Delov triumphantly shows the cross he pulled out of the waters of the lake Ohrid during the traditional holiday of Epiphany in Ohrid on January 19, 2011. Macedonians celebrate the Baptism of Christ with Orthodox Christian priests consecrating the waters of lakes and rivers by throwing a cross in it and men diving to find it. According to the belief, the one who finds the cross has a year of good luck” (source).

I couldn’t help but notice that the guy who ends up finding the cross is the only one wearing goggles!

orthodox christian cross diving

The one who finds the cross will have a year of good luck, but I don’t think he needs it – he’s already got brains!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kast-A-Way Swimwear Will Attend 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo

On Thursday, February 3, Tea-am ACC will host the 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo at the Athletic Club of Columbus from 6-8pm. Kast-A-Way Swimwear will be one of many vendors offering discounted merchandise and expert advice on equipment!

The expo is the perfect chance for swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes to mingle, pick up race schedules, and get some great endurance sports gear. Training for a triathlon? Get your shoes, bike, and swimsuit all in one evening!

And for everyone NOT in Columbus, Ohio… all I can say is “be jealous.”

endurance sports expo

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