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  • Looking Beyond National Drowning Prevention Month

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    It’s no secret the pool and spa industry has long had a problematic relationship with safety issues. On one hand, professionals and organizations consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety, especially drowning prevention, by way of their rhetoric, promotion of layers of protection and often by donating to organizations such as the National Drowning Prevention Association and others. On the other hand, there’s often an aversion to talking about safety with consumers.

    It’s...

  • Commercial Firms Expecting Lifeguard Shortage, Delayed Openings

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern this week that many commercial pools and spas will be delayed in opening this summer season along the East Coast, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Pools that will be impacted are those that supplement their American Lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program. The swimming pool industry’s...

  • Water Safety USA Announces 2018 Water Safety Message

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    Water Safety USA, a consortium of 14 national governmental and non-governmental organizations, announces the 2018 water safety message: “Become Water Competent." 

    Drowning is a major cause of accidental death and can be a surprisingly fast, silent event. The ability to help others is an important part of being water competent because rescues need to happen quickly. Drowning situations can be avoided with good planning and...

  • Aquatic Leaders Unite to Promote National Water Safety Month

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, the World Waterpark Association and several other water safety groups, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a campaign held during the month of May that raises awareness about water safety and highlights the importance pf public education regarding safer practices for...

  • 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. 

    The Los...

  • 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:

    Use caution

    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.

    Most of...

  • 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....