Facility Management

  • Red Cross, Starfish Aquatics Take Lifeguard Management Classes Online

    The American Red Cross is offering its lifeguard management course online, and Starfish Aquatics Institute will soon launch its own course

     
  • Flow of Information: In order to reduce costs associated with water circulation and filtration, it is important to understand why pumps and filters consume vast amounts of power. This allows facility managers to determine where changes can be made in the pump room to reduce energy use and ultimately operational costs.

    Reducing Pump and Filter Energy Costs

    Use these energy-smart tips to lower the operating costs of an aquatic facility

     
  • Moving Water: In pools with well-designed circulation systems, four to five turnovers are required daily to move every molecule of pool water through the filtration and sanitation systems. A typical overnight non-use period can achieve one and a half turnovers, a large part of the daily requirement. Reduced flow at night increases the time needed for four or five turnovers and is not recommended.

    Misplaced Priorities

    Sometimes, in an effort to save energy, aquatics facilities create unhealthy pool environments.

     
  • Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts, speeding up chemical reactions. The substance on which the enzyme is reacting is called a substrate, which fits neatly into an enzyme. The enzyme weakens the bond in the substrate, facilitating the reaction.

    Using Enzymes & Phosphate Reducers in Pools

    These specialty chemicals can be an important part of pool maintenance

     
  • Go with the Flow

    By being flexible, these aquatic professionals won back customers - and more

     
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    Dehumidifiers using R-22 pose problem for facility managers

    Refrigerant costs can spell trouble for aquatics facility operators

     
  • Is CYA Out on the Inside?

    Everyone agrees that adding cyanuric acid to a pool extends the life of the chlorine by protecting it from damage by the sun’s UV rays.

     
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    Jump in!

    So many young people spend their summers, evenings, weekends and vacations working in aquatic environments.

     
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    Perfect Timing

    When it comes to renovation, today’s aquatics facilities are in a bind.

     
  • Driving Down Costs

    We can all agree the cost of electricity is not coming down

     
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    Season Openers

    Let’s assume that your pool has been “down” for the winter. Was it idling during those off months, cold yet maintained in some limited fashion? Maybe it was left to grow green or worse. … Or was it drained dry, then allowed to gather rain puddles, frogs a

     
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    Quality Assurance

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

     
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    Clearing the Air

    I remember growing up as a swim team kid in the ’60s and ’70s. Life seemed a little more simple back then

     
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    Time for Therapy

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There is no recession in aquatic therapy or rehab.

     
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    Market Potential

    Simply being in the water is good for the body.

     
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    Quality Control

    There are a lot of misunderstood concepts and myths in the aquatics industry.

     
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    Maintaining Control

    Have you ever had thoughts like these: “Why does my controller sometimes seem to add too much chemical, while other times it doesn’t add enough? Why does my controller seem to be out of control? Is there a better, more predictable way of doing this?”

     
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    Addicted to Subsidies?

    Nationwide we continue to hear the latest news: Public facilities closed due to city, county and state financial challenges.

     
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    A Corrosive Environment

    Corrosion is only one of the destructive forces acting in and around waterparks and aquatics facilities.

     
  • Less Is More

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program concluded a successful grant project thanks to funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

     
 
 
 
 

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