As defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the word perspective means “a particular attitude toward or a way of regarding something; a point of view.”

Each season we all share similar perspectives–from programming outcomes to goals regarding our approach to managing our wonderful, fun, family aquatic facilities.  Typically our goals will fall somewhere between:  everyone who walks in our facility walks out happy and healthy, and we are providing aquatic programs for everyone.   We tend to focus on our facilities being the center of our world as we deal with daily crisis: budgets, unruly patrons, the 5-year-old’s birthday party that did not go off like the finale of a Disney firework show or trying to complete a staff report.  These issues are what typically shape our professional perspective on the facilities that we manage.

Much like the rest of the country over the past few weeks, I have been focused on the devastating scenes created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and my perspective on what is important has been altered.  Daily we are concerned about the safety of our patrons and staff, but sometimes we fail to recognize the important people in our own personal lives, and how important it is to value and be thankful for the safety and security of our own family and friends.  As a member of the World Waterpark Association, I would like to reach out to our friends and family in the Aquatic Industry in Texas and Florida, and say we are thinking of you and wish you a speedy return to your daily activities, facility operations and personal lives.

While we do not manage hospitals, shelters or schools, our businesses do provide opportunities for communities to come together and participate in recreation activities or to “re-create” themselves through a sense of play, balance and community.  Please know that you are not alone in your time of need; thousands of professionals throughout the country, whether they belong to WWA or other state/national organizations, are here to help!

Contact the WWA Offices at +1-913-599-0300 and let them know how you are doing and how the greater membership can assist you in your recovery.

Chad Gunter
Folsom Aquatic Center