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  • Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    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,

  • Product Focus: 2017 Backyard Safety Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    For pool and spa professionals, safety is always a top concern. Luckily, there's plenty of products out there designed to help you keep your customers safe in the backyard. Here, we look at 2017's new and bestselling safety offerings, from pool covers and gates to alarms — and more.

    RELATED: This Service Company Takes Safety to the Next Level

  • Sponsored Video: How to Paint a Pool

    by Ramuc Pool Paint April 2017

    Need to revitalize a pool? A fresh coat of paint is a cost-efficient way to protect and beautify most any aquatic structure. RAMUC’s expertise is in developing specialty coatings designed to withstand the conditions that exist underwater, such as harsh chemicals, salt, lotions, water movement, temperature changes and UV rays. RAMUC — a brand name you can trust.

  • Package Pool Installation Pointers

    by David Owens April 2017

    It's arguable that installing package pools is simpler than gunite vessels, but there are still numerous steps that have to be done correctly in order to create enduring installations. As with any structure that is meant to hold water reliably and indefinitely, you have to hit certain marks of quality to maximize the value of your customers' investment.

    I've been installing, renovating and repairing package pools, i.e. those with vinyl liners, for 28 years — and over that time have...

  • One Deep Dive

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    As we've covered in AQUA previously, the deepest pool in the world is Italy's Y-40 Deep Joy, a 130-foot deep pool — or the equivalent of a 14-story building. However, it may not be a world record holder for much longer.

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  • April 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    What’s new this month? A quiet pump, a wrench for pool lids, an American flag skimmer cover and more.

    S.R.Smith
    The next generation of S.R.Smith's popular heliX pool slide, the heliX2, is new and ready for order. The helix2 features a patented water feature at the top of the slide powered...

  • Design Inspiration: Make a Statement With Outdoor Lighting

    by Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz March 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. This time, a Houzz expert explores just some of the design possibilities outdoor lighting offers.

    Lighting...

  • Remembering Don Burns

    by William N. Rowley March 2017

    When Don Burns passed away in early March, the industry lost one its finest and most successful government advocates. It was wonderful reading all of the sentiments about Don; he was truly one of our very best. In the aftermath of his passing, there was, however, something missing. Not much at all was said about his specific legislative...

  • Introducing the Unknown Control

    by Mark Holden March 2017

    Avoid Opening Pools to Copper Stains

    by Chris Marcano March 2017

    Now that the long winter is finally ending, pool owners are looking forward to pulling off their covers.

    One of the strangest experiences a pool owner can have is to discover upon opening that the pool has a purple crystal-like stain on its surface. Service professionals have known about this phenomenon for years, and commonly refer to it as purple haze.

    Purple haze is not, contrary to popular belief, an organic bacteria or an algae issue. The problem is actually the result...