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  • 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...

  • Safety First: Products for a Protected Backyard

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    We all know swimming pools and spas provide a world of fun — but we also know safety is paramount when selling, building, servicing and simply enjoying them, too. According to AQUA's 2015 State of the Industry survey, 96 percent of pool and spa builders said they discuss safety with clients.

    "We sell safety by building drainless pools to avoid suction entrapment," one respondent wrote.

    "We have a safety binder we go over with clients during orientation," another...

  • WAHC Opens Registration

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    Registration has opened for the 2016 World Aquatic Health Conference. The three-day event, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, is taking place at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., October 19-21.

    This scientific and educational conference is offering participants an early registration rate of $445 and can save attendees as much as $150 when purchased between April 1 and May 31. A 2016 special is being...

  • Man Electrocuted, 6 Others Shocked in Palm Springs Pool

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    On Sunday, a 43-year-old man died after being electrocuted in a residential swimming pool in Palm Springs. The man, identified as James Tramel of Burlingame, Calif., was trying to rescue his 9-year-old daughter from the pool, who remains in critical condition.

    As The Desert Sun reports, the 911 caller indicated people were “turning blue after...

  • Georgia Legislature Battles Over Pool Inspections

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Georgia’s State Senate recently passed a bill that allows operators and owners of commercial swimming pools to opt out of the state’s 36-point public health inspections.

    House Bill 219 is a watered down version of earlier legislation that would’ve all but eliminated public inspections of commercial pools in the state. The current bill gives a pass to townhouse, condo and subdivision pools that serve no more than 75 swimmers. Larger, busier pools remain subject to...

  • Walmart and CPSC Combat Drowning

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and retail giant Walmart announced in a joint statement Feb. 3rd they are partnering in an effort to stem the tide of fatal and non-fatal child drowning and suction entrapment accidents. The two organizations will work together...