• VGB: Cracking The Code

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2015

    When President George W. Bush signed the Virginia Graeme Baker Act into law in 2007, the pool and spa industry gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back for its part in helping craft the bill. No longer would commercial pools and spas pose the suction-entrapment hazard that injured or killed a small-but-preventable number of people every year, including the namesake granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, who drowned after becoming trapped on a hot tub drain in...

  • VGB's Legacy: Drainless Fiberglass Pools

    by Eric Herman November 2015

    December 19 will mark seven years since the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act — the most significant government regulation impacting the industry this century — was implemented. It's been a rocky road to compliance.

    The bill was met with considerable confusion and reluctance on the part of cash-strapped pool operators. The biggest gaff came in May 2011 when the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency in charge of VGB, audited all test lab reports, and found some...

  • Mermaid Fins: Pleasure or Peril?

    by Eric Herman July 2015

    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...

  • 9/11 Memorial Pools Evacuated Due to Chlorine Smell

    by Cailley Hammel May 2015

    photo of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum monument

    The National September 11 Memorial and Museum was evacuated Sunday afternoon for two hours due to a “hazardous materials situation” — which is fancy way of saying "a bad smell." 

    According to a

  • National Water Safety Month Kicks Off Next Week

    by Scott Webb April 2015

    National Water Safety Month (NWSM) begins next week on May 1, as aquatics industry leaders push for safer water practices to prevent drowning and water related injuries in the coming summer season.

  • Teaching Future Generations How to Swim

    by AQUA Editors January 2015

    photo of instructors teaching kids to swim

    When you teach a kid to swim, you teach generations of kids to swim. Because research shows it’s an inherited skill — children of swimmers tend to become swimmers, too.

    Generations of swimmers were created in New York State last summer where Learn to Swim programs were held with the support of the National Swimming...

  • Court Awards $6.7 Million After Pool Accident

    by AQUA Editors December 2014

    A man who suffered extensive burn injuries while working on pool equipment has been awarded $6.7 million. 

    According to the story from The Desert Sun, Victor Regalado was testing a propane line in an underground vault in 2010 when it exploded. The propane, used for heating the pool, had accumulated in the vault and ignited during the...

  • Avoiding Electrical Missteps

    by Paolo Benedetti October 2014

    Electrical safety in swimming pools and spas is governed by Article 680 of the National Electric Code along with a number of other sections of the code. Because the requirements are complex and ever changing, complying with the letter of the standard can be challenging. Here expert builder Paolo Benedetti shares a...

  • NY Settles $5M Crypto Suit

    by Eric Herman October 2014

    After nine years of litigation and legal wrangling, New York State recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2005 outbreak of cryptosporidium. Over 2,500 plaintiffs will share $5 million paid by the state as reparations for infections suffered after being exposed to the waterborne disease at the Seneca Lake spray park from June 1 to August 17, 2005. 

    The settlement coincides with the publication of the Model Aquatic Health Code, a sweeping document...

  • Blog: The Gravity Drain Advantage

    by David Sutherland August 2014

    David SutherlandFor both kids and adults, few things are as attractive as a swimming pool when the weather’s hot. Whether it’s public or private, a pool is often the center of summertime fun and swimming is usually a healthy, safe activity. Although every adult and most children are aware of the danger of drowning for those who can’t swim, few may know of...