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
  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 The Bikini: An Abbreviated History

    Few things say aquatic fun more clearly than the two-piece woman's swimwear garment known as the bikini. Once considered scandalous (or even obscene to some), for the past seven decades, the bikini has nonetheless become a fixture in women's fashion and beachwear.

    Although estimates vary, since 2000, worldwide bikini sales have hovered around $1 billion.

    Some fashion historians and even more scholarly sociologists point to the rise of the bikini as a harbinger of feminism in...

  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 Comin' Down Fast

    From the classic blue fiberglass slides of the '60s and '70s to the composite materials and dynamic variety of today's models, waterslides have without doubt come a long...

  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 Optimism by Osmosis

    In preparing the Fun Issue, I couldn't help but think of some of the people I've come to know who personify the upbeat spirit of the aquatic industries. One of those is my good friend Brian Van Bower, co-founder of Genesis and long-time industry leader, a guy who's well known for his love of the "good life."

    Many years ago, Brian shared with me a profoundly sunny thought: our industry's No. 1 priority should always be to "not...

  • Saturday, August, 01, 2015 Eric Herman Blog: THINK Before Bashing Industry

    I need to get something off my chest; hopefully it makes some sense.

    Ever since I first came to the pool and spa industry in 1989, a certain social pastime has been a constant part of the scene: industry bashing. Whether in times of difficulty or at the peak of prosperity, knocking the industry has become a preoccupation, if not an obsession for some.

    Before I come to the main point, please understand that at times, I've been right there in the thick of it. In fact, part of...

  • Saturday, August, 01, 2015 Water Quality Goes Mobile

    Outbreaks of waterborne illnesses — in particular, those caused by chloramine formation in pools — continue to cause concern. As a result, public interest in alternative sanitizers like ozone and UV has increased. Builder and water-quality advocate Steve Kenny recently decided to up the water-quality ante with a mobile demonstration system that is ready to take to the highway in pursuit of improved water quality in both residential and commercial pools.

    It's amazing the...

  • Thursday, July, 16, 2015 Mermaid Fins: Pleasure or Peril?

    Mermaid fins, a popular pool accouterment, were a hot topic at the annual Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel Conference in April.

    Although kids have taken to the slip on fins in a big way, officials in Alberta decided to establish a policy aimed at ensuring kids wearing the fins will do...

  • Thursday, July, 09, 2015 Rescuing Community Pools

    Many public pools have fallen on hard times in recent years and a large number have closed forever. The effort to save aging pools is not only a struggle for places to play and exercise — it's also a fight for the character and future of the communities they serve. Read the introduction to this story here.

    How long is the average lifespan of a public swimming pool? Is it 30 years, 40, 50 or more? Although...

  • Wednesday, July, 08, 2015 Introduction: Rescuing Community Pools

    In the July edition of AQUA Architecture, I tackled the subject of why public pools are closing at an alarming rate — and what can be done about it. It's a vast topic that cuts across a number of issues critical to the long-term success of the pool...

  • Tuesday, June, 30, 2015 Designing Hugh Hefner’s Grotto

    A look at the cover.Earlier this month, my very close friends, Suzanne and Ron Dirsmith, published a wonderful book about their experiences working with Hugh Hefner designing much of his famous Playboy Mansion West. I’ve known the Dirsmiths nearly twenty years now and have witnessed the challenges they’ve faced in bringing this work to print, an effort that’s stretched over well more than a...

  • Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 The World's Largest Mineral Spa Resort
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