Biofilms are in the news lately: if your pool has had an outbreak of Listeria, or Legionnaire's Disease, Biofilms probably had alot to do with them.
As an Aquatic Professional, I understand the frustrations of Biofilms; These little buggers can stick to surfaces and build a defense against Sanitizers such as chlorine. How to get rid of them and keep them out? Heres how:
So, you have a pool, and you brag about How you have the latest and GREATEST filtration system...but are you SURE that your have the clearest water out there? Would you like to find out?
Treatment Specialties/Link Automation, of Ramsey. NJ, is offering you the opportunity to send…Continue
About 40 years ago when I began my career in aquatics I was quick to learn the importance of keeping swimming pool water crystal clear. And back then it wasn’t as easy as it is now; we hand fed pools with chlorine and tested the water chemistry manually as well. Nearly half a century later, I’m still consulted on drowning cases where non-swimming children have disappeared in the deep end of the pool but no one can recover, rescue or resuscitate the kids because they can’t find them. Simply…Continue
Overcoming a fear of water differs from learning how to swim
Quite often a mistake is made by both aquatic professionals and people who are looking to achieve specific aquatic goals. There is a significant difference between helping a person, regardless of their age, fitness level or life experience,…Continue
Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
"Helping Fearful Swimmers" is a new and highly unique Facebook group that is designed to increase awareness regarding the often overlooked issue of millions of people who suffer from varying degrees of fear, anxieties and phobias surrounding water. This group is open to both aquatic therapist, experienced swim instructors.and mental health professionals, educators, researchers, media and marketing experts, as well as…Continue
Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:27am — No Comments
Swimming offers less stress more fitness as we age
Over the last century the average life span of industrialized countries increased by thirty years, which translates into the very strong possibility that baby boomers and the generations that follower can expect to live much longer lives than our parents and grandparents. If us mortal humans can avoid major…Continue
Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:25am — No Comments
When I took my first American Red Cross Junior Life Saving (yes, you read that right) course, this little brown book stated that there were approximately 12,000 drowning deaths each year in the United States. Then after many years the drowning rate dropped to about 7,000 drowning deaths per year and stayed there for a while. Even with the population growing, much improved data collection, and many more water sports and activities to produce drowning, the fatal drowning rate now is below…Continue
Most shallow water pools in the US are just too deep. We have a discerning depth in the United States that doesn’t make much safety sense: Five Feet. Swimming pool water is considered to be shallow when it is less than five feet while deep water is defined as any depth greater than five feet. Consider that the average American child does not reach a height of five feet until they are 12 years old. That places a significant number of young children at the risk of drowning in our “safe”…Continue
Added by Tom Griffiths on November 21, 2014 at 4:05pm — No Comments
The 11th annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC™), hosted by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation®(NSPF®) was held in Portland, Oregon, October 8-10. Nearly 400 people representing a record number of states (42) and countries (12) traveled to the WAHC. Attendees from the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Hong…Continue
Added by Laurie Batter on November 7, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments
No I am not kidding! I read the entire first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). And I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. Seven years of hard work was worth the wait. The roughly 700 pages of the MAHC is enough to intimidate anyone, but the more I read it the more I liked it. Nearly 40 pages of Table of Contents is a good indication that the MAHC is certainly comprehensive. As I worked my way from the actual codes to the annex, I began to realize that the MAHC was an…Continue
Perhaps the most popular water safety story in the media these days is about Secondary Drowning. Although this phenomenon may be new to the media, it has been studied by physicians for decades. Fortunately, the condition is extremely rare. It most often occurs after a successful water rescue when a child has been pulled from a pool by a parent or lifeguard who at first appears to be perfectly fine. Then hours after the incident, the child shows subtle yet significant symptoms. Inhaling pool…Continue
The month of May, Water Safety Month, is a good time to educate parents, especially when it comes to families attending public pools during the summer months. Parents can become too over reliant on the lifeguards on duty and over-confident with their children in the water. Use your public relations and marketing skills to get parents on your side before the summer begins. Encourage them to get wet and enjoy the water with their children rather than observing from afar, that is the pool deck,…Continue
Added by Tom Griffiths on May 9, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments
Lifeguard focuses on pulling a passive victim from the bottom of the pool. (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)
Some lifeguards believe that their ability to successfully rescue defines their identity as a lifeguard. We must…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 21, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments
Give them a challenge, and see your lifeguard team strive to meet the objective. (Photo credit: Rebecca McNeil, West Sacramento)
I feel blessed for the opportunity to provide training articles for Aquatics International, and doubly blessed…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 25, 2014 at 12:21am — No Comments
Ladies and gentlemen, we have an epidemic of aquatic proportions on our hands: one out of five people freely admit to peeing in our pools. Even Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have gone on record stating they frequently pee in pools. But it’s not their fault; in fact peeing in the pool is a physiologic response to being in the…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on March 22, 2014 at 7:24pm — No Comments
It’s good to question why we do things the way we do. This holds true for all endeavors including water safety. At the recent AOAP conferences, several excellent presentations were provided that questioned our traditional water safety approaches. First, an ER doctor presented valuable data convincing the audience that getting air into the lungs and oxygen to the brain of a drowning victim was of the utmost importance and should be a priority. Although most if not all training agencies…Continue
Added by Tom Griffiths on March 20, 2014 at 7:03pm — No Comments
"Everything we do, at NSPF, we believe will help more people live healthier lives," says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of National Swimming Pool Foundation. One thing NSPF does is fund research and invite leading scientists to present their findings at the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. Ernest R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, one of the lead researchers in the study referenced in the link below, has been a long-time grant recipient from the National Swimming Pool…Continue
Added by Laurie Batter on March 11, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments
Today everyone is talking about Sensors that precisely measure chlorine residuals in water. The Pool industry has eagerly awaited this kind of technology because the "Experts" feel that the ability of regulating steady Residual is Paramount.
As a Controller Professional for over 15 years, I disagree, as the need to PROPERLY sanitize a pool with varying degrees of demand requires varying residuals for the loads endured by the pool itself.
With that in mind, lets talk about…Continue
Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
As a Controller Professional for over 15 years, I just wanted to chime in on a few things to help people try to get a grasp as to what ORP is, and what Your controller is supposed to be doing.
First off, ORP is NOT a quantitative measurement of Sanitizer...its a QUALITATIVE one; This simply means you are measuring how well your chlorine is working in a swimming pool.
With that in mind...you need to understand a few things about ORP:
1-ORP is Greatly dependent on pH: if…Continue
Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Scan for bleeding drill incorporates a primary and secondary rescuer (photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, city of American Canyon)
In February 2013, I briefly touched on one primary assessment drill in my “Back to Basics” article. This article…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 23, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments