RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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...

  • APSP’s Vegas CBP Class Reg. Closes Next Week

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    APSP University is pleased to announce that it will give its CBP Certified Building Professional Prep Course and Exam at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, hosted by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) will take place September 16 and 17.  The $899 registration fee includes the following: the online self-paced Pool & Spa Construction Course, online self-paced Cracking the CBP Exam course, the in-person CBP Prep Course along with the APSP Builders...

  • MAHC Second Edition Released

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated second edition of the MAHC — the 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The initial version was published in 2014.

    The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practices that can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier...