RECENT ARTICLES
  • New Certification Created for Florida Pool Operators

    by Stuart Goldman January 2016

    The Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) has created the Florida Public Pool Specialist Certification, a 16-hour course that will debut next month.

  • Accidental Deaths Prompt New Navy Safety Rules

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    On April 24th, two Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh and 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis were found at the bottom of a combat training pool after attempting a breath-holding exercise. Both men perished. Marihugh and Lewis were conducting an off-hours workout at the pool by themselves.

  • Factors Affecting Air Quality in Aquatic Centers

    by Emily Attwood December 2015

    Maintaining an indoor aquatic center is no easy task, as anyone in the position of owning or operating one well knows. Every aspect must be carefully maintained to minimize the possibility of injury or illness and maximize the user's experience. Poor air quality in the natatorium environment can result in both — increased illness risk and decreased user comfort. Ongoing problems can also contribute to the deterioration of the facility itself, leading to costly repairs down the road.

  • Passively Ventilated Natatoriums Bring User Comfort and Cost Savings

    by Kapil Upadhyaya October 2015

    When a local school district first expressed interest in passive-ventilation options for its new aquatics facility, some of the architects involved in the project were understandably skeptical. How would this work with a natatorium?

  • Choosing the Right Aquatic Amenity to Upgrade Your Facility

    by Emily Attwood September 2015

    Most recreational aquatic facilities built in recent years take their cue from waterparks, designing facilities complete with waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools and a list of other attractions designed to, well, attract more users and more revenue. Older facilities with few or none of these frills face tough choices to stay competitive in such a market. Short of investing tens of millions into a new facility, smarter, smaller investments can pump new interest into an otherwise disadvantaged pool.

  • Family Seeks Compensation for Son’s Splash-Pad Burns

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    The family of one-year-old Greyson Pelvin is seeking compensation from the town of Halton Hills, Ont., after the child burned his feet stepping on a hot metal grate near a splash pad.

  • Murky Water Concerns Close Five Providence Pools

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Safety concerns prompted city officials in Providence, R.I. to close the city’s five public pools on Friday, the day before a four-day heat wave struck the city.

    The Providence Journal reports that Evan England, the mayor’s press secretary, said that heavy rains during the week offset the chemical balance of the pool water. This caused calcium in the water to crystalize into a substance called scale. Scale crystals are too small for pool filters to remove, and lingered in the pool making the water cloudy.

  • Plastic Fiber in Toronto Pool May Be Public Health Risk

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Plastic fibers from a fraying pool liner found floating in the popular Alex Duff outdoor swimming pools at Toronto’s Christie Pits could pose a risk public safety.

  • Six Steps to Creating an Aquatic Preventive Maintenance Plan

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    As summer temperatures climb across the country, so too does attendance at recreational pools. Especially for seasonal-use pools, the apex of summer presents a peak in revenues. It's also about the worst possible time to have to shut down for unexpected repairs. But for facilities with a preventive-maintenance plan in place, it's nothing to sweat over.

  • First Naturally Filtered Pool in U.S. Opens in Minnesota

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Following months of delays and years of planning, the Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool, the first naturally filtered swimming pool in the U.S., opened to the public in Minneapolis. Planning for the project started 10 years ago and construction on the $6 million facility began in 2013.