- Couple Survives CA Wildfires in Swimming Pool
by AQUA Editors October 2017
Northern California’s wildfires have been both devastating and deadly — 41 people have died as a result so far. Jan and John Pascoe of Santa Rosa were almost among them. As fires closed in around their home, with no way out, they sought refuge in the only place they could find: their neighbor’s swimming pool.
With t-shirts over their faces to protect themselves from falling embers, the Pascoes stayed in the pool for six hours before it was safe to leave.
- Vote on MAHC Changes at Vote on the Code Conference
by AQUA Editors October 2017
The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code announces that CMAHC members will be voting on 179 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code at the second Vote on the Code biennial conference, October 17 to 18 in Denver, Colo.
The Model Aquatic Health Code is a voluntary guidance...
- Pool Cleanup After a Hurricane
by Terry Arko September 2017
Massive and highly destructive hurricanes have dominated the news recently, and while our first concern after the storm should always be the safety of our families and neighbors, at some point we will need to deal with our pools. When that time comes, here's what to keep in mind:
Bombing a flooded pool with chemicals may be a pool pro's first reaction, but proceed with caution — it's important to understand what floodwaters may contain. The recent floodwaters...
- Texas Strong
by Merry Wise September 2017
It’s hard to watch helplessly as rain pours in sheets outside your window, and the TV is showing homes of strangers, family, friends and customers threatened by massive destruction and floods. Yet all of us in the pool industry in Texas have experienced the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, some of us personally experiencing heartbreaking loss, others blessed with little or no damage but hurting for our fellow Texans and for our neighbors in Florida and other states as well.
- Taking Confidence Mobile
by AQUA Editors August 2017
When Diana Goodwin first took swim lessons as a kid, she hated it. “I would sit on the edge of the pool and refused to get in the water,” she recalls. “At first it seemed like I was a hopeless case.” Her parents didn’t give up and decided to give private lessons a try. “That was all I needed, just a little one-on-one instruction so I could gain confidence.”
At the end of her first private lesson, the instructor threw Goodwin in the water in front of her parents. “I popped right back...
- 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....
- Mark Your Calendar: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is This Week
by AQUA Editors June 2017
The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson on June 22 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Waterparks, pools...
- Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program
by Barrett Kilmer June 2017
May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.
One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...
- VGB 10 Years After
by Eric Herman June 2017
Virginia Graeme Baker would be 22 years old had she not drown June 15, 2002. As it is, her name and the familiar acronym formed by her initials represent what is easily the biggest and most horrific pool- and spa-related story of the 21st century. So much so, we almost lose sight of the little girl who perished due to a faulty drain...
- Spinning Triumph From Tragedy
by AQUA Editors May 2017
Laura Metro knows what fear in a helicopter feels like.
In 2011, her 3-year-old son, Clay, fell victim to a near-drowning accident in a public pool in Bethany Beach, Del. A bystander who had only seen CPR on TV started trying to revive him until the paramedics arrived. Metro rode with her son for 30 minutes in a medivac helicopter to a hospital in Wilmington where Clay was treated.
That terrifying flight, she says, "was the beginning of a much greater...