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Swimming Pool Code Changes Picking Up Speed

During the last 90 days there have been a number of proposed changes to swimming pool health codes across the United States.  State codes include Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, and California.  This in addition to the national impacts from the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, Model Aquatic Health Code and the new rule making impact from the Department of Justice regarding the ADA. 

The aquatic community needs to aggressively participate in this process.  Even though this is our busy season, failing to participate and sharing your unique knowledge may result in years of trying to undo what is being done now. 

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Is Common Sense Drowning?

In the past few years the swimming pool industry has experienced an aggressive use of mandates of swimming pool codes without the inclusive interests of all stakeholders in the aquatic industry. The Virginia Graeme Baker Act cost the swimming pool industry hundreds of millions of dollars and there are new challenges that the current language […]

Swimming Is The Top “Aspirational Activity” For Kids And Seniors

The Sporting Good Manufacturing Association partners with five other organizations to ascertain activity popularity. In 2011, they measured the activity of different age groups hope or wish to do (aspirational activity) for seven age groups ranging from six to 65+ years of age. “Swimming for fitness” was in the top three aspirational activities for EVERY […]

Swimmers Have A Lower Mortality Rate Than Runners And Walkers

It is universally-accepted that physical activity is good for your health and reduces mortality rates. Studies that compare mortality rates between swimmers and other common physical activities are rare. The most compelling findings are those  of Chase, Sui, & Blair (IJARE, 2008, 2(3), 213-223)  that compared 40,517  men  20-90 years who completed health examinations from […]

Florida Makes Numerous Changes To Swimming Pool Health Code

On April 27, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed into law numerous changes to the responsibilities of the Florida Department of Health. The biggest change provides for sanitation and safety standard regulation pertaining to water quality to be the department’s main responsibility, while local enforcement districts may determine compliance with the construction standards. This change seems […]