- 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...
- 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...
- 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...