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 eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, May, 11, 2017 Discretionary Dollars: How are Our Competitors Faring?

    Any way you slice it, discretionary income in the U.S. is an enormous pie. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total disposable income in the U. S. reached an all-time high of 14345.40 USD billion in January.

    That unfathomably huge number represents all the "non-essential" spending by U.S. consumers across a spectrum of activities, products and services. The category includes everything from tobacco and alcohol consumption to movie rentals, massages and professional...

  • Thursday, April, 27, 2017 Sizing Up Saunas

    When talking to sauna enthusiasts and those who sell them, the experience and health benefits are almost always a primary focus, many of which are well known and have been widely discussed for years — if not decades.

    They are quick to point out that saunas help prevent fatal heart attacks,...

  • Thursday, April, 13, 2017 Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits

    Ever since the first time humans stepped into a warm geothermal pool, we've known how good it feels. And beyond that wonderful sensation of aquatic immersion, we've also long suspected doing so is really good for us.

    Thanks to an ever-growing body of research, we've learned how swimming can lower blood pressure,

  • Wednesday, April, 05, 2017 In Service of Safety

    Of the three main industry sectors, service is the least associated with safety. Builders work to follow construction standards and install safety features such as automatic covers, fences and enclosures, and retailers sell safety products on a daily basis and routinely advise their customers about the safe operation of pools and spas. But for service techs who don't get much face-to-face interaction, safety promotion is less what they say, and more what they do.

    "We don't talk to...

  • Monday, March, 20, 2017 Solving Our Labor Shortage

    It’s been the same story for years: the availability of young talent, or lack thereof, remains a vexing issue for the pool and spa industry. Our industry simply doesn't know how to draw young people into the fold.

    The issue was on my mind recently when I saw a press release about an annual competition that might hold some answers, or at least point the industry in a fresh direction. It’s called the

  • Tuesday, March, 14, 2017 Pools on the Airwaves

    Like thousands of service company owners across the nation, Michael Miller runs his business offering pool service, repair, renovation and retail, all week long. Miller Pools in Pasadena, Texas, services about 750 pools weekly, has three repair trucks, 13 service trucks, a retail store and showroom, and employs 33 full-time employees. He is also president of APSP's Houston chapter.

    Five days a week, he's a busy pool guy. But on the sixth day, Michael Miller steps away from his daily...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    Last month I posted a blog all about the importance of addressing the all-too-common fear of deep water. At the time, I was working on a small suite of articles for upcoming issues of AQUA that, to varying degrees, deal with different aspects of aquatic safety and how the industry can approach safety from a positive standpoint. Those recent forays reinforced two aspects of safety that warrant further discussion and, hopefully,...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Swimming Among the Ruins

    In what was once the Turkish town of Hieropolis, history and aquatic enthusiasts can swim in a pool that's filled with ancient ruins, one in which Cleopatra is claimed to have luxuriated.

    Heiropolis became popular...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...

  • Tuesday, February, 28, 2017 Demand for Fiberglass Doubles — Experts Explain Why

    {bglink 4680}In 2006, fiberglass pools accounted for 8 percent of inground residential pool sales, according to P.K. Data. In 2015 that market share rose to 16 percent.

    Although that apparent doubling in market share comes with caveat — the P.K. Data numbers are based on sales in areas requiring pool permits, which necessarily excludes large market regions where permits are not required — there is ample evidence of a surge in fiberglass popularity.

    "We can look at...