• AQUA Celebrates Four Decades

    by Scott Webb September 2016

    Forty years ago this month, we started out in the magazine business. We were Spa And Sauna magazine then. It was September 1976, the Olympics had just concluded, Bruce Jenner was in the headlines…

    Obviously, some things have changed.

    For example, Spa and Sauna magazine became AQUA. We changed the name to reflect the fact that most North American spa dealers were leisure aquatics dealers;...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...

  • The Disney Waterpark That Sank

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The Disney conglomerate is so successful and well-run, it's hard to imagine one of its parks sinking into the...

  • An Expert's Final Word on Rio's Green Pool

    by Bob Lowry August 2016

    After the flood of speculation and analysis that followed the now-infamous Green Olympic Pool Incident of 2016, chemistry expert Bob Lowry provided AQUA the following concise summary along with a couple takeaways in the hope that future embarrassments may be avoided. Lowry is an acknowledged authority in the field of pool chemistry with more than 40 years of experience; he co-owned Leisure Time Chemical and Robarb and has invented more than 110 new products. He is also the author of ...

  • Olympic Lifeguards Go Viral

    by Eric Herman August 2016

    They’ve become an internet sensation – for doing close to doing nothing at all!

    Lifeguards at the Olympic aquatics training and competition venues in Rio De Janeiro have captured worldwide attention in the form of viral videos and memes across social media and scores of news reports online and in print. The reason for the widespread attention: the inescapable irony and some might say absurdity, of having lifeguards on hand to potentially rescue the word’s greatest swimmers, athletes...

  • Case Study: How Stray Current Caused Extreme Corrosion

    by Mark Holden August 2016

    Editor's note: this discussion is not about electrical safety or prevention of shock hazards, but instead looks at very low levels of electrical energy that typically pose no threat to people, but do present possible corrosion problems.

    Sometimes the best way to truly understand a complex issue is to learn about it by way of extreme example. That was certainly the case when I recently encountered a catastrophic corrosion problem in an over-story stainless-steel pool...

  • Water Problems Aside, Rio's Aquatic Stadium A Tech Wonder

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    While the world has been transfixed and astonished by the failures of the maintenance staff at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, the technical achievement embodied by the stadium itself has gone relatively unnoticed. It is a truly innovative venue.

    The building itself was constructed using "nomadic"...

  • UPDATE: Green Olympic Pool Diagnosed, Drained

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    After much speculation in the pool industry and beyond, officials at the Rio Olympics have finally explained why the diving pool and water polo pool took a green turn: hydrogen peroxide.

    RELATED:Rio's Olympic Diving Pool Turns Green Overnight

    As the

  • How to Design with Purpose

    by Bradley Renken August 2016

    Have you ever wondered why some exterior environments are used and others go virtually ignored? Or why some backyards become huge points of pride for the homeowners while others don't?

    I've come to believe the answers boil down to a simple, yet profound concept: designing with purpose.

    Specifically, I've noticed that the majority of my customers (and, by association, my competitors) seem to focus on the elements contained within a design instead of what exactly those...

  • Rio's Olympic Diving Pool Turns Green Overnight

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    Yesterday at the Rio Olympics, divers and attendees in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre were surprised by a big change: the diving pool, overnight, had turned green.

    Images of the green pool went viral online yesterday, including this post by Tom Daley, an Olympic diver from Great Britain: