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  • 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...

  • NSPF to Create “Learn To Swim Index"

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is seeking proposals to create a “Learn-to-Swim Index” (LTS Index) that tracks how many people complete formal swim lessons in the United States. Proposals will describe the experience and methodology a Principal Researcher will use to create the Index that represents the number of individuals who learn to swim from formal lessons.

    Currently, there is no index that measures the effectiveness of the aquatic industry’s combined efforts to create...

  • Be Safe, Stay Cool, Drink Water

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    It's ironic and maybe even a little sad to think that during summer, when much of the rest of the world is indulging in fun in the sun, professionals in the pool and spa industry are working at breakneck speed and have little or no time to enjoy the experiences they work so hard to create for others.

    The fact is, pool and spa construction and service, as well as lifeguarding, swim instruction and pool facility operation, are all jobs that require working the hardest when the days...

  • Study: Safety is Paramount for Customers Interested in a Pool or Spa

    by Barrett Kilmer July 2016

    Last fall APSP hired leading consumer research firm Gallup to poll pool owners and non-owners about their attitudes toward its members' products. The company gathered more than 4,000 completed surveys covering a wide range of pool-related issues, including key drivers behind decisions to buy and factors that prevented non-owners from considering pool purchases.

    Many results were predictable and positive, such as the value consumers placed on the family togetherness and health...

  • Will Zika Virus Impact Swimming Pools?

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    In what could potentially become a common measure in preventing the spread of Zika virus, health officials in New Jersey’s Middlesex County have begun sending crews into abandoned homes to drain — and in some cases demolish — swimming pools and other bodies of water that could harbor mosquitoes, which could carry the virus. As reported online June 8 by New Jersey 101.5...

  • Paragon Pools Holds 13th Annual Float Like a Duck Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Last month, Zodiac Pool Products, Cover-Pools and Carecraft joined Paragon Pools in promoting water safety through a partnership with the long-running Float Like A Duck campaign, which seeks to educating the public on the importance of safety while celebrating the joys of aquatic activities.

    “Water and water sports are an integral part of our lives whether it be in the bath, a pool, at the lake or beach," says nationally recognized water safety advocate and President of Paragon...

  • National Water Safety Month Begins

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Four leading aquatics organizations, along with several other water safety groups, are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices during National Water Safety Month.

    Throughout its nine year existence, National Water Safety Month has gained attention from Governors of all 50 states signing water safety proclamations, and Olympic swimmers highlighting the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the...

  • Are Pools Safe for Pregnant Women?

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    A recent article from the New York Times addressed the question of whether or not swimming is safe for pregnant women. The discussion took the form of a Q&A in the paper’s online “Ask:Well” feature, in which a reader expressed her worry that because pregnant women can experience lowered immunity to infectious disease, swimming in a pool might be too...

  • Water Safety USA Launched

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    A consortium of national governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with water safety and drowning prevention have come together to establish Water Safety USA, a focused effort to empower people with resources, information, and tools to more safely enjoy and benefit from our nation's aquatic environments. Water Safety USA will work to align safety advice from member organizations and magnify the reach of that advice in an effort to collaboratively improve water...

  • APSP Pushes Pool Covers To Feds

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

     

    APSP's Water Conservation Coalition went to Capitol Hill last month to advocate for the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense certification for the industry's most efficient cover...