Category Archives: Development

Five Municipalities Partner for Aquatics Success

How do five municipalities agree on the replacement of two outdated swimming pools in two different locations with the support of the community and local school district? Cooperation, mutual respect, and options were vital to success.

The Municipalities

It began when a 1997 Park Survey revealed community interest in new swimming pools for the Centre Regional Recreation Authority (CRRA), which serves the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG), including the State College Borough and the townships of College, Harris, Ferguson, and Patton in Centre County, PA.

Since the two pools were becoming physically and functionally obsolete, no longer the pride of the region, an Aquatic Survey in 2000 dug deeper. In 2002, an Aquatic Feasibility Study was performed; however, it came back with only one recommendation: build a waterpark.  COG and CRRA, interested in exploring additional options, commissioned an extension to the study which was presented in 2004.

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Whimsical Aquatic Wellness Center for Children

An aquatic therapy center for children with rehabilitation needs and developmental disorders should be designed with a balance of inspiration, innovation, and accommodation, where aesthetics and function merge.

Interactive Water

The size of the pool must be large enough for several children and their therapists at one time, about 50 square feet of water surface per child / therapist. Movable floors provide for deep-water exercise and transition to zero depth for easy access and use. Adjustable parallel bars will attain user balance for assorted exercise movements. Eight-foot pool decks accessible on all sides of the pool in a non-slip finish, allow space for families, wheelchairs and walkers. Filtration systems should be designed based on a two-hour turnover rate, providing the inclusion of an automated chemistry controller to govern the addition of the pool sanitizer and buffer.  A dual sanitation system, such as the ultraviolet light sanitation system, will greatly aid in keeping water chemistry in balance.

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Regulatory Program Administration MAHC

CDC posts Regulatory Program Administration Model Aquatic Health Code Module for public comment with a closing date of February 5, 2012.

The Regulatory Program Administration module for the MAHC was posted on December 7, 2011, for public comment.  The Regulatory Program Administration Program Module follows a best practice and research-based protocol to ensure the AQUATIC FACILITY is operating safely. The guidance reflected in this module promotes all parties working together from the initial building permits to the code enforcement process. The Regulatory Module contains requirements for but not limited to:

  1. Establishment of an independent Aquatic Health Advisory Committee
  2. Delineation of imminent aquatic health hazards and corresponding remediation and enforcement procedures
  3. Establishment of facility staffing requirements based on facility size and type
  • Trained operators required for all facilities
  • Outlines facilities requiring on-site vs. off-site operators
  1. Aquatic facility operator training
  2. Plans and permits guidelines
  3. Recordkeeping requirements
  4. Swimmer empowerment methods

MAHC Background:

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) effort began in February 2005 and the latest round of modules is being published for public comment. The MAHC will have a significant impact on the aquatic industry and we strongly encourage all industry members to take an active role in providing meaningful feedback to develop the best possible result. To view the latest updates regarding the Model Aquatic Health Code go to

The first industry standard was issued in 1958. In the subsequent 50 years, there have been at least 50 different state codes and many independent county codes. What was required in one jurisdiction may be illegal in another. It is clear that this historic approach is not working. Thus, the National Swimming Pool Foundation took a leadership position and provided funding to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the creation of the MAHC. The MAHC is intended to transform the patch work of industry codes into a data-driven, knowledge-based, risk reduction effort to prevent disease, injuries and promote healthy water experiences.