- 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...
- Watch Your Step in the Cold: Tips for Avoiding Icy Hazards
by AQUA Editors February 2017
As winter's chill tightens its grip over much of the nation, many intrepid pool and spa industry professionals continue to work outdoors. As they clear and repair safety covers, effect other types of emergency service and in some cases even continue building pools and spas, it's inevitable: some are going to slip and fall on ice and snow.
It's a common problem many people simply accept as an occupational hazard. What few may realize, however, is just how dangerous slipping and...
- Chemical Mistake Prompts Resort Evacuation
by Eric Herman January 2017
Two maintenance workers at a Door County, Wisc., were sent to a hospital Wednesday morning after pool chemicals were improperly mixed, according to a report on local news station WBAY. The mixture caused a reaction that in turn formed vapors, making it difficult for people at the resort to breathe. The resort was evacuated as a result.
Guests at Westwood Shores Waterside Resort left...
- NSPF Honors Top Instructors
by AQUA Editors December 2016
The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization’s active instructorsfor their extraordinary performance over the past year. Several individuals and four companies received awards for their commitment to excellence in keeping pools safer and open.
“These teachers are creating the world we all want where healthier people have great experiences in and around the water,” NSPF CEO...
- Joseph Vassallo Wins State Honor for Water Safety Program
by AQUA Editors November 2016
Water safety activist and APSP Fellow Joseph M. Vassallo was presented with the 2016 Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award for his long-running “Float Like A Duck” water safety public service campaign.
Nevada Volunteers, the Governor's Commission on Service held the awards ceremony on September 29, 2016 in Las Vegas honoring...
- 'Why Am I at Fault?'
by Ray Arouesty October 2016
It happens all the time: a pool ladder breaks, causing an injury; someone drowns while swimming; a person slips on the steps while entering a pool. No matter how it happens, the result is the same: a claim or lawsuit against the pool service technician. When this happens, I'm always asked...
- ISPSC Mandatory in 8 States
by AQUA Editors September 2016
By 2017, the adoption of the ISPSC will be mandatory in eight states. The latest states to adopt the ISPSC are Washington and West Virginia. In January 2017, the ISPSC will be also be in effect statewide in Georgia. New adoptions by local districts and municipalities include Longmont (Colorado), Pearl River Valley-Water Supply District (Mississippi) and Andrews, Cleveland and Kileen, Texas.
Currently, there are 56 local ISPSC adoptions. Published in partnership with the APSP and...
- 8 Years Later: A Look Back at Virginia Graeme Baker
by William N. Rowley September 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost eight years.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December 19, 2008, culminating a contentious national debate over measures needed to eliminate suction entrapment accidents.
The stated objectives of VGB were to enhance the safety of public and private pools and spas; reduce child drowning and the number of suction entrapment incidents, injuries and deaths; and educate the public on the importance 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...
- Devastating CA Fire Caused By Faulty Hot Tub Wiring
by Cailley Hammel August 2016
Last September, the Valley Fire tore through California in Napa and Sonoma counties, killing four people and destroying nearly 2,000 structures, including homes, commercial buildings and other properties. In total, 4,000 firefighters battled the blaze, which would consume more than 76,000 acres of land and cost $57 million to extinguish.
In the months since, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, launched an investigation into the...