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  • 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...

  • 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...