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  • Swimming Among the Ruins

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    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...

  • Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    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...

  • Help Us Build Our State of the Industry Issue

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Update, 3/7/17: It's your last chance to fill out our State of the Industry survey! The survey closes tomorrow. Remember: Everyone who completes the survey and offers their contact information will be entered to win one of several cool prizes.

    How is the pool and spa industry faring — and where is it headed? That’s the big question we ask ourselves each year when developing May’s State of the Industry issue, one of...

  • How to Pass Down the Family Business

    by Phillip M. Perry March 2017

    Too few family businesses survive into the second and third generations of ownership. The reason is most often poor communication between family members. Current owners should take steps to strengthen their family dynamics and to assure that damaging emotions do not scuttle the enterprise when it comes time to hand over the reins of control.

    In the best of worlds, a family business would thrive for many generations, providing inspiration and revenue for decades to come....

  • NSPF Introduces New Service Training Course

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.

    The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...

  • March 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Pool season is just on the horizon — which means its time to get your showroom, store shelves and trucks loaded with the latest the industry has to offer. This month, we have a new spa model, an automatic pool cleaner, chemicals and more.

    Inter-Fab
    Inter-Fab now offers a vinyl pool liner...

  • What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?

    by Andrew Brown March 2017

    Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"

    Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...

  • Would You Try a Hot-Tub Theme Park?

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    Get ready to add Beppu City to your travel bucket list. The Japanese city, which boasts the most natural hot springs in the world, is taking its passion for hot water to the next level by opening a hot tub-centric theme...

  • Demand for Fiberglass Doubles — Experts Explain Why

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    {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...

  • Embracing the Deep End

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Two out of three adults in the U.S. are afraid of deep water.

    I first heard that stat by way of a presentation at the 2008 World Aquatic Health Conference, and it still makes me stop and think. This pervasive fear must have major negative implications for the swimming pool and aquatics industries. After all, if people are afraid to go in water over their head, they are almost certain to avoid purchasing a swimming pool or using a commercial or public aquatic facility. There really...