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  • Sponsored Video: S.R.Smith TrueTread Diving Board Series

    by S.R.Smith March 2017

    S.R.Smith is reinventing the diving board category with a unique, patent-pending design: the TrueTread Diving Board Series. These stylish diving boards make an old favorite new again with a modern, sporty look and exceptional launching grip. TrueTread is a durable, marine-grade, diamond-shaped composite material that stands up to salt, sun and hours of fun. Compatible with many S.R.Smith stands, TrueTread Diving Boards are an ideal upgrade opportunity.

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  • Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    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,...

  • 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...

  • Cal Hypo: The Facts

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2017

    Calcium Hypochlorite, or cal hypo, is just about the most common, run-of-the-mill pool product you can think of, a staple of chlorine water sanitizing for decades and decades. However, that familiarity often breeds benign ignorance of cal hypo's particular features compared to other forms of chlorine and how these characteristics can affect water quality.

    Cal hypo is a concentrated source of chlorine in solid form and provides an easy method of delivering chlorine to the water. It...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Considering a Pool Slide? Here’s What You Need to Know

    by Matt Clawson, Houzz February 2017

    I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy's imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.

    The kid in me got my mind racing, too. Who doesn't love a good water slide? But while a slide is every child's fantasy, it's the adults who will be the ones with a lot to consider before incorporating a slide...

  • If You Aren't Selling Automatic Pool Covers, You're Missing Out

    by Todd Cramer February 2017

    {bglink 4626}Ok, maybe that's a little aggressive. But in times when the laws requiring fenced-in pools are starting to change and water conservation is especially topical (especially in areas of extreme drought), the case for automatic pool covers has never been stronger. The technology is quickly evolving and the features available today make these products much more cost effective than in the past. All this adds up to a more intuitive, longer lasting and highly sought-after piece of pool...

  • 2017 Vinyl Liner Patterns: Sparkle, Mosaics and Pebbles

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    What’s new in the vinyl liner world? A lot, in fact. Take a look at this year’s new and bestselling liners and you’ll find everything from rustic mosaic looks and geometric patterns to designs that literally sparkle.

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