• Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant Awarded

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Education Conference & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.  

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a...

  • Our Fight to Save Our Community Pool

    by Colleen Paulson June 2019

    There are thousands of community pools across the country struggling to stay open and viable due to cuts to municipal budgets. The story of the Brook Park Swim Club, my community pool, is typical of many. The Brook Park Swim Club, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, isn’t just a place to swim – it is the heart and soul of our community. Our kids meet throughout the summer for swim team, parties, pick-up soccer games and more. Adults get some much-needed sun and conversation after the long and...

  • The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge Returns for Second Year

    by Eric Herman June 2019

    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...

  • PHTA Establishes Education Plan, Seeks New CEO

    by Daniel Seeger June 2019

    When news hit earlier this year that The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation planned to merge, the questions immediately started. How would these two organizations come together? Which initiatives and programs would persist, and which would undergo strategic transformations? Plain and simple, what will the merged organization look like?

    Some structural adjustments are already taking place, according to Chris Curcio,...

  • Lifeguard Shortage Threatens Pool Closures, Challenges Industry

    by Eric Herman May 2019

    From coast to coast, a widespread shortage of lifeguards is causing closures and limited hours of operation for public swimming pools and aquatic facilities.

    “We’re having to downsize. It’s pretty challenging. We’ve put our brains together and worked this through. We came up with what we think is the best for safety and the quality of our patrons without overworking our staff,” said Sylvia Gurtowski, the manager of City Pool in Vicksburg, Miss., to a reporter with the Vicksburg...

  • World's Largest Swimming Lesson Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors May 2019

    Following the celebration of National Water Safety Month, the 2019 World's Largest Swimming Lesson will take place on Thursday, June 20. Organizers are urging aquatic facilities of all types to show their love for water safety and drowning prevention by registering as an official 2019 host location.

    The purpose of the lesson is to provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water...

  • Promote and Inform: How PHTA Affects Change from D.C.

    by Daniel Seeger May 2019

    Editor’s note: This article went to press coincident with the merger of APSP and NSPF into the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. As such, it retains references to APSP, true to source quotes used in the story and the original text as written by Dan Seeger. Future articles about the merged organization will refer only to the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.

    Plenty of people have reported high levels of exhaustion from the simple act of trying to keep up with the news in recent years....

  • FSPA Names Person of the Year, HOF

    by AQUA Editors April 2019

    The Florida Swimming Pool Association recently announced its Person of the Year award and Hall of Fame inductees at the 2019 Everything Under the Sun Expo.

    The 2018 FSPA Person of the Year was awarded to Brian Kelly. Brian was an active member of FSPA over...

  • APSP/NSPF Alliance Underway — Details to Follow

    by Scott Webb April 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance officially launched April 1, unifying the former NSPF and APSP. While crucial details of the merger — who will lead the Alliance as permanent CEO, where the new headquarters will be located, what staff will be retained, how the two organizations will mesh their respective programs, etc. — have not been worked out, the paperwork of the historic union has been signed and the new organization is operating...

  • CMAHC Launches New Study on Air Quality at Public Pools

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code is partnering with Purdue University and Michigan State University to conduct a study on indoor air quality at public pools.

    More specifically, the study will determine the exact operating conditions for indoor pools that will help prevent the buildup of disinfection byproducts. DBPs are formed when the chlorine used in pools to kill germs binds to the body waste swimmers bring into the pools (sweat, urine, etc.). When DBPs build up in...