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Mermaid fins, a popular pool accouterment, were a hot topic at the annual Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel Conference in April.
Although kids have taken to the slip on fins in a big way, officials in Alberta decided to establish a policy aimed at ensuring kids wearing the fins will do so safely while using the city's public swimming pools. Some cities in the province have taken the issue a step further and banned them altogether.
"They bind legs together and make it difficult to safely maneuver in the water," explained Edmonton's Supervisor of Aquatic Strategies Rob Campbell to CBC News.
Campbell said Edmonton banned fins at its public pools in April because they are aimed at young children, who are often weak swimmers. Swimming with a fin "promotes breath-holding, which can result in blackouts."
"I was very mad and very, very sad," said nine-year-old Alexis Mayer, who was recently asked to remove her mermaid fin at an Edmonton city pool. "They told us because our legs are bound together we could drown in the deep end and it would be hard for the lifeguards to come and save us," she added.
The City of Calgary is considering similar action for the same reasons but has not yet adopted an official policy on mermaid fins, but in the meantime does not allow them to be worn when a pool is crowded.
For now, Calgary lifeguards are making swimmers take the following test before they can wear their toys in a public pool. They must:
"There's concerns that people won't be able to save themselves or they might not be able to make it to the edge or stand up and that's why we have a safety test," said Jack Birkett, aquatic operations coordinator for the City of Calgary.
The Lifesaving Society of Alberta recommends pools across the province also adopt a "mermaid swim test," but not ban them outright.
Any pool and spa experience is made better by a safe environment. The addition of fences, covers, alarms and other safety measures give homeowners — especially those with little ones — peace of mind that allows them to enjoy their backyard experience to the fullest. Manufacturers are also committed to putting homeowners at ease with an array of safety products. Here, take a look at just some of the safety products you can find on the market.
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As "Game of Thrones" famously proclaimed, "winter is coming." And while summer is still in full swing, winter is indeed on the way for the pool and spa industry as well — and that means it's time for industry pros to prepare for winterizing.
For many, that means talking to customers about winter pool covers. Start early if you can — now that winterizing season is here, cover manufacturers are in their high season, meaning orders can take a little more time to fulfill. (Starting...
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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...