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Children’s Aquatic Wellness

An aquatic therapy center for children with rehabilitation needs and developmental disorders must be designed with a balance of inspiration, innovation, and accommodation, where aesthetics and function merge.  Athletic Business’s November issue features an article describing keys to success on designing an aquatic therapy center for children.

Interactive Water

The size of the pool should be about 50 square feet 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 enough 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 sanitization system with UV will greatly aid in keeping water chemistry in balance.

Colorful Environments

Natural light with a view of outdoor foliage will offer a secluded experience to be shared with Mommy Nature. Adding illumination to steps and water features enhances aesthetic appeal and safety. Tiled walls surrounding the pool can create a touch of whimsy through the use of color themes such as mosaics of tropical fish. Ambient music from a built-in sound system can be incorporated into the pool structure where sound vibrations pass through the water, enabling children to hear as well as feel the music. Built-in aromatherapy (a proven psychological enhancement) can dispense scents that will not adversely affect water chemistry.

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Kentucky Pool Regulations – CH Response

Scot Hunsaker with Counsilman – Hunsaker responded with comments to the Kentucky Department for Public Health regarding changes to the pool regulation.  A copy of these comments is listed below: November 9, 2011 Ms. Kathy Fowler Interim Director Division of Public Health Protection and Safety Kentucky Department for Public Health 275 E Main St, HS1CB […]

Kentucky Pool Regulations

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Addicted to Subsidies

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Cold Comfort

Shovels often go into the ground after Labor Day, that way the new pool is ready for swimmers on Memorial Day. Whether the timetable will be maintained depends on a host of factors, the most variable of which is weather. Except in extreme conditions, pool construction can proceed as long as precautionary measures are taken […]