• Toddler’s Brain Damage Reversed 162 Days After Drowning

    by Kathryn Howard September 2017

    On February 29, 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson almost drowned in her family pool in Fayetteville, Ark. While mother Kristal Carlson was in the shower, Eden climbed past a baby gate and got through the heavy door to the pool. She was in the water for ten minutes when Kristal found her and immediately started CPR.

    Shortly afterward, EMTs arrived at the scene, taking over CPR efforts and rushing Eden to the emergency room. Two hours after drowning, Eden’s heart started to beat on its...

  • Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It's a Spool!

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    It's a term that begs a question. Is it a really small swimming pool? Or is it a reference to vessels that combine small pool compactness with the ability to function like a spa?

    Then there's the other moniker for these diminutive hybrids, "cocktail pools" — does that mean a pleasure-inducing mixture of pool and spa functions? Or is it something else?

    According to Robert Blanda, the New York designer/builder credited with coining the phrase, "A

  • Swim Like a Navy SEAL

    by Kathryn Howard August 2017

    You've probably heard of most of the competitive swim strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and dragonfly. Then there's the sidestroke, which is used in recreational swimming, and the doggie-paddle, just about...

  • Ozone Vs. Cryptosporidium: Fighting a Wave of Outbreaks

    by Eric Herman August 2017

    Despite widespread efforts to eradicate water-related illnesses, outbreaks of cryptosporidium in public pools, splash pads and waterparks doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent report from the U.S....

  • Life is Sweet in a Pool of Sprinkles

    by Kathryn Howard August 2017

    Children love to share their...

  • Would You ‘Pick-Up’ 
This Pool?

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    If you have a pick-up truck and a love for swimming, there’s a new product just for you: The Pick-up Pool.

    Unlike the classic “redneck pool” — which is usually a MacGyver-ed monstrosity of tarp, bungee cords and duct tape — the Pick-Up Pool is a vinyl liner specifically designed to fit into the bed of a pickup truck. It’s easy enough to use: Just stretch the vinyl over the edges of the truck, where it snugly snaps into place....

  • Back to Life: The Art of the Remodel

    by Don Goldstone July 2017


  • Adolph Kiefer: A Life Aquatic

    by Eric Herman July 2017

    When Adolph Kiefer passed away at his home May 5 in Wadsworth, Ill., at age 98, the world of aquatics lost one of its most enduring icons. Among his many accolades: at the time of his death, Kiefer was America’s oldest living Olympic champion.

    He rose to fame at age 17 at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, known as “the Nazi Olympics,” where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Hitler shook his hand in congratulation, but Kiefer later said that if he had known what...

  • After the Olympic Crowds Went Home

    by Scott Webb July 2017

    To purveyors of the joys of swimming, these famous Rio Olympic pools are a melancholy sight.

    Less than a year...

  • Tales from the Service Route

    by Cailley Hammel July 2017

    Every day in pool service is an adventure — and no one knows that better than fellow service techs. That's why Steve Sherwood of Sherwood Pool Consulting Group (Culver City, Calif.) created a Facebook group just for CPOs called Certified Pool Operator - CPO. (If you'd like to join, visit

    In this group, which is about 2,000 members strong, CPOs from all over the country come together to...