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Here's Why The YMCA of the USA Chooses NSPF's CPO Certification Program

YMCA of the USA and National Swimming Pool Foundation

Cooperate on Delivering Operator Training


CHICAGO, Ill. & COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /May 1, 2015YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location (POOL) training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with…


Added by Laurie Batter on May 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Biofilm Intervention and Maintenance

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:

  1. Close your pool.  This process will take 3 days to complete.
  2. Get yourself some Concentrated…

Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Definitive Filtration Challenge: Show me the WATER!

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 us your Pool sample, so that we can test it on our Particle…


Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Again with the Cloudy Water??

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…


Added by Tom Griffiths on February 16, 2015 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

Overcoming a fear of water differs from learning how to swim

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,…


Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Join new group, "Helping Fearful Swimmers"


"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…


Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:27am — No Comments

Helping Fearful Swimmers


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…


Added by Jeff Krieger on January 8, 2015 at 8:25am — No Comments

Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg

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…


Added by Tom Griffiths on December 17, 2014 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

Superficially Shallow

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”…


Added by Tom Griffiths on November 21, 2014 at 4:05pm — No Comments

WAHC Portland Best Ever, says attendees - here's why

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…


Added by Laurie Batter on November 7, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

How ‘bout that MAHC

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…


Added by Tom Griffiths on October 20, 2014 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

What’s up with Secondary Drowning???

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…


Added by Tom Griffiths on June 11, 2014 at 2:26pm — 4 Comments

Teach your Parents Well

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,…


Added by Tom Griffiths on May 9, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Anatomy of the Passive Victim Rescue

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 understand the components of the rescue: entry, approach, and rescue. Rescue is…


Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 21, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Going Digital

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 that the articles have been well received. One comment that…


Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 25, 2014 at 12:21am — No Comments

How Bad is Peeing in the Pool?

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…


Added by Paul Graves on March 22, 2014 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Why ask Why????

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…


Added by Tom Griffiths on March 20, 2014 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Science supports need to reduce urine in pools

"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…


Added by Laurie Batter on March 11, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

A word on PPM Control (Amperometric)

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…


Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

A word on ORP Control...

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 need to understand a few things about ORP:

1-ORP is Greatly dependent on pH: if…


Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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