Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at
  • Wednesday, October, 12, 2016 Aquatic Freedom For Children with Special Needs

    For most of us, aquatic exercise and recreation represents a healthful and often pleasurable respite from the rigors of daily life. For people with with disabilities, however, time spent in water can mean much more.

    In the words of Jodi Powell, aquatic instructor for children with disabilities, the water represents nothing less than freedom — “aquatic freedom” to be exact. I came across

  • Monday, October, 03, 2016 Pool Industry Expo Celebrates Its 30th Edition

    Pool Industry Expo celebrated its 30th installment in Monterey, Calif., Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, with a downsized show floor but enthusiastic attendance.

    Although this year’s show was confined to a compressed exhibit layout, due to an in-progress expansion of the Monterey Conference Center, organizers reported strong attendance of 4,513. Because...

  • Monday, September, 19, 2016 Outdoor Showers: A Missed Opportunity for Industry Pros?

    Since we're devoting the vast majority of the September issue of AQUA to all things hot watery, I thought it might be useful to consider an aspect of the subject that is rarely a big topic of conversation amongst aquatic professionals, although perhaps it should be: the outdoor shower.

    It's an interesting disconnect, the way the...

  • Monday, September, 19, 2016 The Enduring Appeal of Wooden Hot Tubs

    If you know anything about the history of portable spas, you know wooden barrel hot tubs helped launch the modern hot water industry. Yet with advent of composite materials, fancy hydrotherapy jet arrays, ergonomic designs and control technology, the popularity of the wooden barrel tub has since waned — or has it?


  • Thursday, September, 15, 2016 Defining an Age of Wellness: A Conversation with Alice Cunningham

    By any definition, Alice Cunningham is a one of the hot-tub industry's true pioneers. For nearly 40 years, she has led the company she and her husband founded, Olympic Hot Tubs, based in Seattle, to become one of the industry's vanguard...

  • Tuesday, September, 13, 2016 The Beautiful World of Pool & Spa Combos

    Many years ago, in the early days of what was then known as Genesis 3, co-founder Skip Phillips of Questar Pools was delivering a lecture about water-in-transit design. Part of his discussion centered on what he saw as the lack of creativity and design ingenuity when it comes to attached spas.

    Paraphrasing, he explained it was a shame so many builders simply create unimaginative vessels that, his words, "indiscriminately puke water" from the spa into the pool. A rather vivid...

  • Tuesday, August, 23, 2016 Olympic Lifeguards Go Viral

    They’ve become an internet sensation – for doing close to doing nothing at all!

    Lifeguards at the Olympic aquatics training and competition venues in Rio De Janeiro have captured worldwide attention in the form of viral videos and memes across social media and scores of news reports online and in print. The reason for the widespread attention: the inescapable irony and some might say absurdity, of having lifeguards on hand to potentially rescue the word’s greatest swimmers, athletes...

  • Thursday, July, 28, 2016 Preparing for the Fall Cover Up

    As summer rolls in and temperatures rise, pool professionals in seasonal markets begin turning their attention to ordering winter pool covers — a significant source of income, whether sold in new construction or in the aftermarket.

    Interestingly, covers are relatively expensive items that are sold by builders, servicers and retailers alike. And although the selling process unfolds differently in each category, the basic necessity of covering up for winter never really...

  • Thursday, July, 21, 2016 A Pool For Hudson

    It's called skeletal dysplasia syndrome, a genetic disorder so rare there is only one known case of it in the world today: Walter "Hudson" Hayes, age 6.

    Hudson is forced to spend his days in a special brace to support his torso. Despite his condition, for which there is no known cure, the boy's rambunctious spirit, and his love of professional wrestling, has captured hearts in and around his hometown of Dyersburg, Tenn.

    Last year, Hudson walked for the first time in a...

  • Thursday, July, 21, 2016 10 Tips for Effective Blogging

    I’ve been blogging professionally for just about a decade now and have covered scores of topics mostly for the aquatics industries, but many others as well. Over that span, I’ve learned quite a bit about what it takes to put together an effective blog post, advice which also works for the most part while posting on social media.

    As both a blogger and reader of blogs, I've come to believe that a great deal of good blogging is very much the same as many other forms of writing....