• Beware The Swim Reaper

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    If you're not careful around the water, you might meet the grim reaper. Unless you're in New Zealand, where you might instead meet the Swim Reaper. The Swim Reaper is social media campaign designed by Water Safety New Zealand...

  • E. coli: Waterborne Health Risk

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2018

    The bacterium Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) is a major cause of foodborne illness and is responsible for an estimated 93,094 cases of infection and 3,268 hospitalizations in the United States each year. (This strain of E. coli gets its O157:H7 designation from the specific markers on its surface, thereby distinguishing it from all other strains.)

    While most strains of E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of humans and other animals, E. coli O157:H7 produces a very...

  • Swan Pool Rails: Beautiful and Practical

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    Pool rails serve an essential purpose in the backyard: to ensure safe entry and egress from the water. But as important as they are, Larry Williams noticed something: In terms of design, they are often overlooked.

    “When my parents were building their dream home, the builder encouraged them not to put in a swimming pool handrail because it would take away from the beauty of their yard,” Williams says. “When my mother got older, she was unable to get in and out of the...

  • A Package Pool, Just Clicks Away

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    There are many different ways that package pool dealers use digital media to market their products. One company, MGK Pools in Lowell, Mass., has developed an innovative tool that empowers customers to essentially design their own pools. Called Pool Package Builder, the program is accessed on the company website, where potential buyers can peruse and select the features they want.

    The page was introduced just last year, but according to company founder and owner, Michael Gordon Kern,...

  • A Redesigned Snorkel for Athletes

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    One of the hardest aspects of swimming is learning when to breathe during each stroke. AMEO, a German company, has unveiled a product that may help: the Powerbreather, a redesigned snorkel.

    Powerbreather's design is simple: two tubes wrap around the swimmer's head, where they inhale fresh air from...

  • A Fiberglass Lazy River

    by Eric Herman February 2018

    For all of the innovation and creativity that has come to define the fiberglass pool industry, size has remained a limitation. Manufacturers point out that, after all, you can only ship shells up to a...

  • The Hidden Swimming Pools 
Of Philadelphia

    by Kathryn Howard February 2018

    Philadelphia is full of carefully hidden secrets, one of which is a set of abandoned swimming pools underneath the Fairmont Water Works.

    Originally built in 1793, the Fairmont Water Works has almost a century and a half of history before the swimming pools were constructed. The Water Works made...

  • Virtual Reality Helps Children Overcome Fear of Swimming

    by Kathryn Howard February 2018

    With virtual reality becoming more and more common, its use as a tool for things other than entertainment is still being explored. One such use is exposure therapy, which exposes an individual to a phobia in a safe environment.

    Take swimming, for example. One in five Swedish children are anxious around the...

  • Bromine Chemistry for Spas and Pools

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) January 2018

    It’s hard to talk about bromine without mentioning chlorine, its main complement in leisure water sanitizing. Bromine is in the same chemical family as chlorine, and functions in much the same way. Bromine, like chlorine, is a sanitizer and oxidizer that destroys organic contaminants in pools and spas.

    Bromine dominates spa sanitizing, and chlorine dominates pools, for practical reasons, among them chlorine’s sensitivity to high pH spikes (common in spas) and the fact that chlorine...

  • This Airport Takes a Swimming Approach for its VIPs

    by Kathryn Howard January 2018

    When you're going to the airport, you can always count on seeing a few things: a humdrum newsstand; bland, yet overpriced food and drinks; and stressed-out passengers.

    Travelers passing through the Dominican Republic, however, can enjoy a far more luxurious experience: swimming on the airport's...