- Product Spotlight 2017: Aquatic Components
by Courtney Cameron November 2017
AllChem Performance Products LP
The Vantage ACF Series, AllChem's line of calcium hypochlorite tablet feeders, has been developed based on the input of commercial aquatics facility operators to perform under the demanding conditions of modern aquatics facilities. AllChem can help pool operators update existing equipment or replace old liquid-chlorine systems.
The automatic self-propelled and self-contained vacuum from Lincoln Aquatics operates without the use of the labor traditionally required to physically clean a pool. Operators simply place the vacuum in the pool, let it work and then rinse the filter assembly when finished. This allows the staff to tend to other duties while the pool is being cleaned. The automatic vacuum is not only easy to use but ensures better cleaning compared to manual-operation vacuums.
The SUITMATE® water extractor is an innovative system that removes 95 percent of the water from a wet swimsuit in eight seconds, without using heat. The SUITMATE® unit is a highly valued amenity not only for guests, but also for property owners, as it helps prevent water damage from dripping-wet swimsuits, resulting in a cleaner, dryer environment for all.
Colorado Time Systems
Colorado Time Systems is pleased to introduce Gen7 — an all-new swim timing and scoring system. The Gen7 platform provides long-lasting technology that will save both time and money. Its software interface puts intuitive control of all levels of competition at the operator's fingertips. Combined with the distributed intelligence of the company's proprietary bus communication system, this software gives facilities the flexibility to run meets in a customized way.
Alta Enterprises Inc.
The Alta Power Winder is designed to power existing thermal-pool-cover reel systems. Made of stainless steel and featuring automated functionality, the Power Winder makes the normally painstaking, manual process of deploying and retracting pool covers fast and effortless. Electronics and motors are in a water-resistant enclosure that maximizes corrosion protection, while the reel system retracts a large pool cover in minutes.
ChlorKing's NEXGEN on-site chlorine generators and CHLOR SM salt chlorinators use salt to sanitize swimming pools without the safety and cost issues associated with bulk chlorine. ChlorKing systems prevent chlorine gas discharges by eliminating the need for chlorine, while adding a second layer of protection and chloramine control with Sentry UV lights. ChlorKing systems can last more than 10 years with proper maintenance and are backed by 36- and 60-month equipment supply and maintenance programs for new facilities and retrofits.
Aqua Creek Products LLC
The Ranger lift features a 350-pound weight capacity while maintaining a sleek, low-profile design. This lift is ideal for use on smaller pool decks where space may be limited. The Ranger is third-party-verified to comply with ADA standards. An economical choice, this lift comes standard with five-year structural and five-year prorated electronics warrantees. A solar charging station adds minimal maintenance and long-lasting use.
- Maintenance, Infrastructure Costs Pile Up for Aquatic Center
by Kevin Trevellyan November 2017
Rhonda Newman remembers block-spanning lines for the Wes Deist Aquatic Center's 1987 grand opening. "It was packed all the time, at least for the first five years," she said.
- Construction Begins on High School Pool
by Russell Lissau November 2017
After more than a year of planning, construction vehicles are chugging their way around the site of what eventually will be a new indoor swimming pool at Libertyville High School. Separated from the rest of the campus by metal safety fencing, a bulldozer operator from Berger Excavating Contractors in Wauconda pushed dirt around the construction site Monday as an excavator dumped load after heavy load of that same dark soil into the back of a dump truck for removal. Site preparation for the $21.5 million project began this summer, but the real heavy lifting is only now getting underway.
- University to Close Pool, Swim Programs Move to YMCA
by Derek Redd October 2017
The headquarters for youth swimming in Charleston will change addresses next summer, as its decades-long home will close its doors.
- Why LEDs Are Taking Over the Indoor Athletics Market
by Andy Berg October 2017
It's a typical summer morning in Granville, Ohio. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, and humidity is pegged in the 70 to 80 percent range. Chris Crume, director of the Trumbull Aquatics Center at Denison University, is glad there are no scheduled events for the day. "Right now, we have a standard lighting setup. We use metal halide," Crume says. "It takes about 20 minutes for them to come up. They produce great light, don't get me wrong, but if we have a power outage — we're expecting some storms here today — we're 20 minutes down after the power comes back on."
- New Product Roundup: Striping Machines | Exercise Bikes | Starting Blocks
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
Check out the newest products as seen in the October 2017 issue.
- New Projects: Burlington Aquatic Center | University of Idaho Arena | Ontario High School Football Stadium
by Courtney Cameron September 2017
- New Product Roundup: Pool Dehumidifiers | Volleyball Equipment | Lighting
by AB Staff September 2017
New Product Roundup
- How to Combine Community Use and Competition in Aquatic Centers
by Ted Watson September 2017
In developing a multi-use aquatic center, designers and operators are often met with a fundamental challenge — how to combine the demands of performance-based competition with those of community-based leisure offerings under one roof. To put it another way, how can your aquatic center train athletes, teach tots and entertain thrill-seeking bathers all at the same time?
- AQUA Mag: 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. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.