April 2012 Table of Contents

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Come Together Editor's Note Come Together

Typically, journalists are skeptics by nature Read more

Pentair Buys Brazilian Manufacturer Industry News Pentair Buys Brazilian Manufacturer

In a deal announced earlier this month, Pentair Inc. has attained a leading Brazilian vinyl-liner manufacturing and distribution company Read more

New CEO on Horizon for APSP Industry News New CEO on Horizon for APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals will likely begin searching for a new chief executive officer next year Read more

Swim Sex Abusers Trigger Legislation Industry News Swim Sex Abusers Trigger Legislation

Legislation that would ban confidential lawsuit settlements involving allegations of child sexual abuse and lengthen the statute of limitations for victims to file civil actions has been introduced in California Read more

CPSC Approves Unblockable Extension Industry News CPSC Approves Unblockable Extension

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is extending by one year the deadline for retrofitting unblockable drains in public pools Read more

Pool Magazine Receives Major Award Industry News Pool Magazine Receives Major Award

Pool & Spa News the sister publication to Read more

NDPA Poised for Growth Industry News NDPA Poised for Growth

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance held its 2012 National Drowning Prevention Symposium last week, and organization leaders have announced big plans for continued expansion Read more

Pricing, Service Still Vex Red Cross Providers Industry News Pricing, Service Still Vex Red Cross Providers

Some Red Cross providers remain frustrated with costs and customer service despite lower learn-to-swim fees announced in February Read more

Pool Chlorine Tied to Lung Damage in Elite Swimmers Industry News Pool Chlorine Tied to Lung Damage in Elite Swimmers

A new study shows competitive swimmers training at indoor chlorinated swimming pools may have lung changes like what is seen in people with mild asthma Read more

Illinois Seeks VGB Relief for Noncompliant Facilities Industry News Illinois Seeks VGB Relief for Noncompliant Facilities

One of the states most active in implementing federal safety measures may allow pools to open this season regardless of whether they comply with the law Read more

ADA Lift Ruling Under Fire Industry News ADA Lift Ruling Under Fire

On the heels of a U.S. Department of Justice interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act restricting use of portable lifts, several industry organizations and manufacturers are banding together to challenge the decision Read more

Industry Mourns Loss of an Innovator Industry News Industry Mourns Loss of an Innovator

Joe Hunsaker, the industry icon who co-founded St. Louis-based consulting/design firm then known as Counsilman/Hunsaker & Associates has died Read more

Government Grants ADA Compliance Extension Industry News Government Grants ADA Compliance Extension

Responding to concerns from pool industry experts and a hotel/ lodging industry coalition, the White House issued a 60-day extension for compliance with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act Read more

CPSC Takes Firmer Hand in VGB Testing Industry News CPSC Takes Firmer Hand in VGB Testing

With a new certification standard in place and swim season coming, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is instituting strict new drain cover testing procedures Read more

AOAP Looks to Grow Beyond Parks and Recreation Industry News AOAP Looks to Grow Beyond Parks and Recreation

When the National Recreation & Park Association announced that 2011 would be the last NRPA National Aquatic Conference, and that its National Aquatic Branch would be dismantled, many in the industry were left wondering what would fill the void Read more

Lessons Learned Called Out

I’m an early riser, so on the Saturday in question I was sitting on my couch watching TV and sipping my second cup of coffee, when suddenly we lost power at 8 a.m.  Read more

Teaching 2.0:two Lifesavers Teaching 2.0:two

Time is money; we all have to work within our labor budgets and we all want to maximize the allotted time available.  Read more

Training 2.0:one Lifesavers Training 2.0:one

Let’s be clear: We all have limited time, and multiple duties, responsibilities and budgets to work around Read more

Statistically Significant Minority Report Statistically Significant

Math, numbers and statistics were never my forte Read more

Creative Solutions Special Report Creative Solutions

Hiring and training staff members is a key responsibility for nearly three-quarters of those who responded to a December 2011 online Read more

Project Suppliers:four Special Report Project Suppliers:four

View an extensive list of companies that participated in the design and build of the London Aquatic Centre Read more

Technical Highlights:three Special Report Technical Highlights:three

Here’s a look at five innovations behind the design that makes this facility truly champion worthy Read more

Slideshow: The London Aquatic Centre Special Report Slideshow: The London Aquatic Centre

A large turtle waving oversized flippers, a dolphin’s back, an airy dramatic space that suggests a wave: The London Aquatic Centre, built for the London Olympics, has been described as all of these Read more

London Calling Special Report London Calling

A large turtle waving oversized flippers, a dolphin’s back, an airy dramatic space that suggests a wave: The London Aquatic Centre, built for the London Olympics, has been described as all of these Read more

Quality Assurance Tech Talk Quality Assurance

Sometimes I think pool operators wish patrons wouldn’t come and swim Read more

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