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The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization’s active instructors for their extraordinary performance over the past year. Several individuals and four companies received awards for their commitment to excellence in keeping pools safer and open.
“These teachers are creating the world we all want where healthier people have great experiences in and around the water,” NSPF CEO Thomas Lachocki said.
Recognized instructors include:
Most Certified Individuals in their First Year as an Instructor: Jordan DiGuardi of Pool Operation Management, who certified 221 students.
Most Certified Individuals in their Second Year as an Instructor: Rudy Stankowitz, owner of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants in Florida, who was presented with the award for 588 successfully taught students.
Most Certified Individuals by an Instructor in the Last Year: Scott Ford, owner of Tropical Aquatics Pool Education, Inc., who was honored for his impressive 772 students taught in the past year.
Most Certified Individuals Ever by an Instructor: Robert Freligh, owner of Nationwide Aquatic Consulting of New York. To date, he has certified more 10,800 students since becoming an NSPF instructor in 1995.
Most Impressive Increase in Certifications: Emosi Vodo of
Continental Pools, Inc., was awarded for his increase of 240 CPO students in comparison to 2015.
Most Certified Individuals Internationally: Emosi Vodo of Continental Pools, Inc., was also honored for most certified international individuals, 147 total.
Biggest Supporter of Pool Operator Primer: Richard Deyo, director of training for EcoLab trained the most students through the online Pool Operator Primer course in the past year.
Biggest Supporter of Online Training Programs: Roy Carter, director of inspection and education for Champions School of Real Estate, who has been using NSPF materials since 2007. This is Carter’s third year in a row that he has won this award, which spans across all of NSPF’s online programs.
Companies recognized include:
Most Certified Individuals by a Company: Leslie’s Poolmart, with 2,070 certified instructors
Most Certified Individuals by a Company Internationally: Alberta Health Services of Canada
Most Certified Individuals by a Company in Spanish Internationally: Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina of México, which certified 372 students in Spanish.
Most Certified Individuals by a Company in Spanish U.S.: Paraiso Pools received the award for certifying 347 students. José Miguel Torres, owner of Paraiso Pools, has been an NSPF Instructor since 2008 with 1,671 students taught overall.
The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code is partnering with Purdue University and Michigan State University to conduct a study on indoor air quality at public pools.
More specifically, the study will determine the exact operating conditions for indoor pools that will help prevent the buildup of disinfection byproducts. DBPs are formed when the chlorine used in pools to kill germs binds to the body waste swimmers bring into the pools (sweat, urine, etc.). When DBPs build up in...
Lance Anderson, president of Anderson Manufacturing, an innovator in the leak detection process for decades, has seen the industry segment evolve and grow over the years. Here, as a follow-up to last month’s AQUA feature on pool inspections for homebuyers, Anderson offers his thoughts on where leak detection leaks fits into the home inspection process and how a new technical innovation may offer a big assist.
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Wholesale distributors play a critical role in the day-to-day function of the pool and spa industry. While retailers, builders and service technicians work the front lines, distributors are behind the curtain with the potential to make or break the end goal: customer satisfaction.
But what makes a good distributor — and what should front-line businesses expect from the people that charge a healthy product markup in exchange for warehousing and product support?
Being in this industry for the past 15 years, I see many families looking to purchase pools for their children or grandchildren to enjoy. They do not have the slightest clue that this pool of water in their backyard could potentially save their lives through the many tremendous health benefits it provides. I’ve long believed in the healing, healthy power of water, but I decided I should do some research so I could be better equipped, as a retailer, to explain its clinical, scientific...