- Mark Your Calendar: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is This Week
by AQUA Editors June 2017
The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson on June 22 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Waterparks, pools...
- Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program
by Barrett Kilmer June 2017
May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.
One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...
- VGB 10 Years After
by Eric Herman June 2017
Virginia Graeme Baker would be 22 years old had she not drown June 15, 2002. As it is, her name and the familiar acronym formed by her initials represent what is easily the biggest and most horrific pool- and spa-related story of the 21st century. So much so, we almost lose sight of the little girl who perished due to a faulty drain...
- Spinning Triumph From Tragedy
by AQUA Editors May 2017
Laura Metro knows what fear in a helicopter feels like.
In 2011, her 3-year-old son, Clay, fell victim to a near-drowning accident in a public pool in Bethany Beach, Del. A bystander who had only seen CPR on TV started trying to revive him until the paramedics arrived. Metro rode with her son for 30 minutes in a medivac helicopter to a hospital in Wilmington where Clay was treated.
That terrifying flight, she says, "was the beginning of a much greater...
- Can You Hear Me Now?
by Corey B. Rimmer, ARM, CRIS, RRE, CNA Insurance Risk Control Director April 2017
Do you think you could be held liable if one of your employees causes an accident and injures another party while driving a company vehicle or using his or her personal vehicle while engaged in business-related activities?
Want to Maximize Your Coverage? Consider Becoming APSP Certified
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- 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.
- In Service of Safety
by Eric Herman April 2017
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...
- Why Pool Pumps Overheat — And What You Can Do to Stop It
by Steve Goodale April 2017
Editor's Note: This is the first entry of a two-part series. The second part will appear online and in AQUA Magazine in May.
Your pool pump is overheating, and you want to know why it's happening and how to fix it. This two-part story is about what causes pool pumps to run too hot, what you can expect moving forward if you suspect your pump is overheating and some ways to remedy the problem.
Pool pumps use a lot of power, and as a result, they must dissipate...
- 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...
- Sick Days For Service Pros
by AQUA Editors March 2017
In most industries, a worker getting sick or injured, while a hardship for the individual, does not pose a huge problem for the business.
But the service industry is different. If a sole proprietor service pro can't cover his or her normal route, how do those pools get clean? And what's going to stop the growth of algae as the chlorine levels slowly drop toward zero? Ultimately, what's to stop a customer from looking elsewhere?
This scenario is a lurking fear for many...