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How a Lazy River Works

01.24.2018

Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | October 2017

Lazy rivers are gaining popularity among both residential and commercial clients. Over the past several years, they’ve become the norm, not only in waterparks, but also in resort and community pools across the country as aquatics directors look for ways to increase attendance. Now they’re popping up in backyards, thanks in part to a manufactured system reported to simplify design a…

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Survey Finds 1 in 4 Adults Would Swim With Diarrhea

01.24.2018

Aquatics International | By Rena Goldman | May 2017

In preparation for this year’s swim season, the Water Quality & Health Council commissioned a survey to find out just how much adults in the United States know about swimming hygiene. Sachs Media Group, an independent research firm based in Tallahassee, Fla., interviewed 3,114 adults ages 18 and up. Questions were designed to measure perceptions and misconceptions related to pools an…

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Want to Find a Good Pool Manager? Go to School

01.24.2018

Aquatics International | By Nate Traylor | October 2017

They have skills in leadership and management. They’re big on curriculum and standards. And they usually have the summers off. It’s no wonder the aquatics industry wants to recruit more school teachers to work as managers — a desire that’s growing as employers try to staff pools amid a challenging labor market. “We’re looking for somebody who has the maturi…

10 Things to Know About Variable Speed Pumps

01.23.2018

Aquatics International | October 2017

Variable speed pump (VSP) technology has made quite an impact on the pool/spa and aquatics industries in the last few years, and there are no signs that their popularity will end anytime soon. Looking at the enormous benefits VSPs provide to the bigger picture of swimming pool management, it is no wonder that VSPs are often the leading choice over standard single-speed pumps for dealers and con…

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Understanding ORP and PPM

01.23.2018

Aquatics International | Lance Fitzsimmons | September 2017

Despite the fact that swimming pool ORP/pH controllers are commonplace on commercial swimming pools, users do not often fully understand how ORP works. Oxidation-Reduction Potential is a qualitative measurement that constantly changes, especially outdoors. This is primarily due to variations in cyanuric acid (CYA) levels and sunlight intensity, but also from pH, combined chlorine and salt-chlo…

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How to Reduce Pool Chemical Accidents

01.22.2018

Aquatics International | Dana Robinson | October 2017

With the summer season behind us, many consumers are heading into fall with happy memories of sun-filled days at the waterpark, relaxing poolside at a hotel resort or splashing around with family and friends at the community pool. But others’ summer recollections are highlighted by chemical burns, respiratory problems, and nausea and stomach discomfort from exposure to chlorine gas. Seve…

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Achieve Commercial Swimming Pool Maintenance Success with Enzymes

08.31.2017

Aquatics International | Chris Marcano | January 2017

Enzymes are well-suited for use in commercial swimming pools. And many pool professionals recommend enzymes because they are a naturally based option. These products have evolved over the years to include specific varieties that meet the needs of individual bodies of water. Today, there are two types of enzyme products available for use in pools and spas: blended and broad-spectrum. Both…

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It’s Here: The First NSF Pool Chemicals Standard

08.31.2017

Aquatics International | Blake Stark | January 2017

The first NSF International standard designed specifically for swimming pool treatment chemicals was finalized in September 2015. At that time, NSF/ANSI 50: Equipment for Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Other Recreational Water Facilities was expanded to include an updated Section 3.2 and Annex R, Toxicology Review and Evaluation Procedures for Swimming Pool Treatment Chemicals. The new pool ch…

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New Book Gives Pool Operators Legal Insight

08.31.2017

Aquatics International | Nate Traylor | July 2017

Practices and Principles of Aquatic Law, a forthcoming book from John Fletemeyer, Ph.D., discusses the legal considerations of recreational bodies of water, including public, semi-public and private commercial pools. Though geared toward legal professionals, the book offers facility operators keen insight into procedural elements that follow an accident or fatality. From a risk-management…

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USA Swimming Foundation Reports Increase in Swimming Ability in U.S. Children by 5 to 10%

08.31.2017

Aquatics International | Rena Goldman | June 2017

A new study, conducted by University of Memphis and commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation, found a 5- to 10% increase in overall swimming ability in U.S. children when compared with a previous study conducted in 2010. The 2017 study, called Factors Impacting Swimming Participation and Competence, which will appear in full on USA Swimming Foundation’s website in late summer, and…

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