Summertime Sadness

A National Lifeguard Shortage Is Forcing Local Pools to Reduce Their Hours

Due to the pandemic and rising living costs, Sarasota is experiencing a lifeguard shortage.

06/16/2022 By Chloe Nelson

Splash!

Cool Off at These Seven Fantastic Splash Parks

It’s hot, the days are long and the kids are out of school. We’ve got seven great places to let off steam.

06/15/2022 Edited by Susan Burns

Pool season

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Around the Water This Summer

One of the owners of Aqua-Tots Swim Schools shares four simple tips to keep in mind.

05/18/2022 By Samantha Lane

Your Health Questions Answered

Here's Why Your Kids Should Take Swimming Lessons This Summer

May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month. A Sarasota swimming instructor gives us tips.

05/11/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Chill Out

It's Never Not a Good Time to Visit Florida's Incredible Natural Springs

Central Florida's springs might feel a little chillier than usual this time of year, but they're still an amazing destination.

10/22/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Jump in

Swimply App Lets You Rent a Pool for a Day

Hosts list their pools, and users rent them for an hourly rate.

08/11/2021 By Kim Doleatto

On Guard!

The Best Lifeguards in Florida Descended on Siesta Beach This Week

A glimpse in photos of this week’s steamy Siesta Key lifeguard competition.

07/22/2021 Photography by Chad Spencer

On Guard!

Siesta Beach Hosts Statewide Lifeguard Competition Next Week

Spectators are welcome to watch the free, two-day event.

07/15/2021 By Stacey Altherr

Superstar Athletes

Six Local Athletes Are Competing in the Tokyo Olympics

Meet the Sarasota natives competing in the 2021 Games.

06/29/2021 By Emma Moneuse

Water Safety

City of Sarasota to Host Lifeguarding Class

Classes will be held during Sarasota County's spring break on March 15, 16 and 17 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

02/26/2021 By Staff

Swimming

Sarasota Sharks Selected to Host 2020 Toyota U.S. Open

Selby Aquatic Center is one of the nine sites selected by USA Swimming to host the championship event

10/22/2020 By Staff

Swim Time

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Coming to Sarasota

The company will open a dedicated year-round, indoor learn-to-swim facility.

06/26/2020 By Staff

Design

Robrady Announces Partnership with GMX7

The design firm has created an aquatic resistance training device for swimmers called the X1-PRO.

02/10/2020 By Staff

Safety

Swimming Pool Association Wants to Reduce the Number of Childhood Drownings

The organization is asking for $200,000 in state funding to make swimming lessons accessible to all kids.

12/20/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Safety First

Sarasota County Encourages Water Safety for Children and Families

According to SAFE Kids Worldwide, two-thirds of fatal drownings occur each year between May and August.

05/24/2019 By Staff

Gulfwatch

Manatee County's Lifeguards Rank No. 1 in Florida

The 16-lifeguard patrol includes EMTs, paramedics, rescue divers, Coast Guard captains and one certified dive master.

04/26/2018 By Susan Burns

Heat Index

Five Cool Local Pools

Longing for a dip, but no pool of your own? Read on.

07/26/2017 By Emma Burke

Saving Babies

Infant Swimming Resource Helps Kids Learn Water-Survival Techniques

Every parent’s nightmare, especially in Florida, starts with a young child falling into a pool, or off a dock, or into a pond. What happens next is the difference between life and death.

04/26/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Article

Lifeguard Cody Sullivan Keeps Beachgoers Safe

Cody Sullivan, a lifeguard on Manatee County beaches, shares his tips for staying safe in and around the water.

12/01/2015 By Megan McDonald

Article

Splashy Swimwear That's Perfect for Sarasota Beaches

Make a splash on Sarasota beaches in this sensational swimwear.

12/01/2015 By Sarasota Magazine