- APSP, NSPF Announce Merger
by Stuart Goldman April 2016
The chairmen of the boards of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) stressed the need to bring together a fragmented industry after the two organizations announced a merger agreement Monday.
- New Product Roundup: Starting Blocks, Exercise Saunas and More
by AB Staff January 2016
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- 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.