Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Tuesday, July, 23, 2019 Surfing in the Round

    Surf's always up in Australia — at least it is in the coastal town of Yeppon in central Queensland. That's where Surf Lakes International debuted the world's largest and arguably most innovative wave pool. Once considered a novelty in the surfing community (putting it politely) Surf Lakes has taken the concept of a wave...

  • Tuesday, July, 16, 2019 Do Pools Add Real Estate Value?

    Back in 2016, Realtor.com published a story titled “5 Reasons I Hate Swimming Pools.” As the name suggests, it was a scathing look at pools and how they allegedly only result in expense, hassle and frustration — and above all else, how they are a bad investment when it comes to the value of a home.

    The story contained some particularly critical comments from Florida realtor Linda Turner. “Owning a pool is a lot of work and not just a financial commitment, but a time commitment as...

  • Thursday, July, 11, 2019 It's All Fun and Games in This Billards-Themed Pool

    It's a swimming pool that looks like a giant pool table and it's all part of an extraordinary vacation property that is pushing the concept of "theme" to a new level.

    The property is called Great Escape Parkside. Located near Orlando in Groveland, Fla., on 10 highly developed acres, it features 15 themed bedrooms, each with décor based on games such as Monopoly, Twister and Pac-Man, but that's just the start.

    The game theme is carried throughout the property with a dizzying...

  • Tuesday, July, 09, 2019 Makeover Magic

    Consumers expect pools to be beautiful. When they fall into disrepair with dodgy plaster, drab tile, cliché coping and worn-out decks, restoring these settings can become a profitable revenue stream, either as part of a larger construction enterprise or as a singular specialty.

    Either way, making the most of those opportunities requires design flexibility, a willingness to expand product offerings and above all, the ability to listen to client needs while also guiding them to the...

  • Tuesday, July, 09, 2019 ‘Pool Chasers’ Podcast Seeks to Inform and Entertain

    Two years ago, Tyler Rasmussen and Greg Villafana were two service guys with a dream of educating and inspiring other professionals in the pool business, and they decided podcasts were the way to do it. A podcast would allow service pros to learn while keeping their hands free for driving or cleaning pools or replacing filters.

    “It allows them to work on their business, while working in their business as well,” says Villafana. “We found it difficult to find...

  • Tuesday, July, 02, 2019 Inside Helsinki's Underground Swimming Pool

    Finland's capital Helsinki has embraced downward expansion. Since 1960, the city has been actively creating an underground "shadow city" in an effort to contain urban sprawl, become more energy efficient and escape the cold. Carved in the area's solid Granodiorite bedrock, Helsinki's vast...

  • Thursday, June, 27, 2019 The Great Cyanurate Debate

    Cyanuric acid plays a vital role in pool sanitizing because of its role in protecting chlorine residuals from degradation in sunlight. The enduring question, however, is how much is too much?

    Some chemistry experts argue that anything over 50 ppm is too high because CYA not only protects chlorine from the sun, it also ties it up and renders most of it ineffective as CYA levels increase. The long-recognized standard for CYA levels is 100 ppm (or 90 ppm, depending who you ask) — a...

  • Thursday, June, 13, 2019 The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge Returns for Second Year

    The second annual Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge is back, with entries due August 15. The contest, created by builders Mike Farley and Reid Schindler, challenges designers to take a real-life scenario and design a lavish poolscape with a $1 million budget. The winner will be named at the PSP Expo in November and take home a $5,000 cash prize.

    Last year’s debut program was by all measures a resounding...

  • Thursday, June, 13, 2019 2 Approaches to Swim Spa Water Care

    The popular emergence  of the swim spa as a ‘tweener — a vessel between a pool and a spa in both size and temperature — has evoked a question. How do you sanitize it? Do you use pool chemicals on a smaller scale, or spa chemicals on a larger scale?

    That depends on who you talk to; there are two completely different schools of thought. According to Jennifer Gannon, proprietor of BonaVista Pools, Spas and Outdoor Living’s retail store in Toronto, the swim spa is a small pool. “The...

  • Tuesday, June, 11, 2019 Limited by Labor

    It's the bane of my existence right now," designer/builder Michael Logsdon says. Located in Bourne, Texas, the owner of Land Design is among scores of builders who point to the labor shortage as the primary challenge facing their businesses.

    "I could definitely grow my business, but it's fruitless because there just are not enough people to do the work, Logsdon says. "And when I say not enough 'people' I'm not talking about skilled labor, I just mean warm bodies with a pulse and a...