Fix My Facility - Aquatics Int'l Contest Winner
by Monique Nelson on January 9th, 2013

The New Year is upon us all, and it is a great time for reflection, motivation and resolutions. One way to improve upon successes and failures of previous years, is to adapt to current situations strategically. To do so, you must know what is happening currently, so here are a few newsworthy tidbits that you might be interested in reading more about.

The Buzz

In the November issue of Aquatics International Magazine there was an article titled "What's Got You Talking?" While it was over 2 months ago, there is still some interesting water cooler talk to ponder.

Of course, the Olympics was / is a hot topic. More interesting - in my opinion - is the "Scariest Pool Ever" result. While I agree that looking down 24 stories while swimming is daunting, this image makes my stomach jump: The Bunk Beds of Swimming Pools

There are also a few controversial stories: lifeguards in bikinis and women being banned from water slides.

Finally, there is one discussion worthy buzz about a near drowning in a lazy river. The million dollar question seems to be about responsibility - does it belong to parents or pool management? My opinion... when it comes to the life of a human being - especially a child human being - shouldn't we all, always be on the lookout for potentially tragic situations? 
What are your thoughts?

Do you have any buzz worthy current events to share? Email [email protected] and they may be featured in next month's current events issue!

Fix My Facility Winner

From Aquatics International Magazine

As you may or may not be aware, Aquatics International Magazine launched a "Fix My Facility" contest for aquatics centers to submit stories of their big issues in hopes of winning a professional consult for the renovations. 

The Aqua Sports Center at Texas State University, San Marcos took the top prize, as announced November 1st.

10 key areas were focused on, ranging from the equipment room to ADA compliance issues. Here are a few specifics:

"There is poor air circulation in the pool area. There is minimal control over the air temperature which has a major effect on water temperature control due to water evaporation. There is no air conditioning system in the pool room."

While I have no idea what recommendations Scot Hunsaker, president of St. Louis-based Counsilman-Hunsaker will offer as part of her prize, but I have an idea of my own, if you are experiencing similar problems. 

Basically, the center was concerned about water temperature, - which probably also translated to energy costs - water evaporation, and air conditioning. All of these concerns could be lessened dramatically with one simple solution: Heatsavr.
By adding a liquid pool cover to your indoor swimming pool, you will be able to reduce evaporation by 30 - 50%. This will in turn reduce your humidity and improve air quality. It will also decrease heat loss by up to 50%, which will translate into energy savings, as the heater will not have to work as hard to maintain your desired water temperature. Finally, by cutting back on the evaporative loss, you will also be saving water, which can be costly as well.

For more information on Heatsavr, email [email protected]

For details on the "Fix My Facility" contest, visit

ADA Compliance Deadlines

The deadline for public swimming pools to adhere to the updated ADA in regards to accessibility is January 31st, 2013. If you have any questions I found a great Q&A form that you may be interested in reading: Questions & Answers

Remember this: Not all pool covers will be convenient to use when your facility incorporates accessible entrances and exits. A liquid pool cover, however, will not be affected at all - you will continue to save 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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