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Best of the NSPF Blog 2018
Dec 2018
Swimming, Products, Environmental Health

We're Counting Down the Most Visited Blog Posts of the Last Year! 

Sep 2018
WAHC, Partnerships

While competition might drive our industry, we’re convinced that collaboration elevates it. Our sponsors know this... They’re always ready to be standard bearers for an attentiveresponsive aquatics industry—and they know that’s usually a team effort.

WAHC 2018: 10 Networking How-To's
Sep 2018
WAHC, Networking, Conference Tips

Ten networking how-to's to keep in mind during the 15th annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference!​

Sep 2018
Guest Blog, Pool & Spa Service

The overarching principle in quality service is to understand how each facet of the work influences every other part of the job. Using our work as an example, it’s interesting how the end of every season sets the stage for the next. The way we treat the water and close down the system in the fall will have everything to do with what we have to contend with when we come back and open our pools in the spring.

Build Your Teams
Aug 2018
WAHC, WAHCity

WAHCity is an occasion for local collaboration, team-building, and family time—all in your neck of the woods. 

Why Attend
Aug 2018
WAHC, WAHCity

Six reasons to attend WAHCity!

AST Certification
Aug 2018
WAHC, AST Certification, Products

Get your AST® Certification at #WAHC2018!

PHIT America
Aug 2018
PHIT Act, PHIT America, Environmental Health

The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT), which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives, amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow medical care tax deductions for up to $1,000 for qualified sports and fitness expenses per year. 

Aug 2018
WAHC

It's time to spotlight the #WAHC2018 Insider's Tour, a fan favorite for pool operators, facility managers, and builders of all kinds!

Aug 2018
WAHC

It's time to spotlight the #WAHC2018 Insider's Tour, a fan favorite for pool operators, facility managers, and builders of all kinds!

#WAHC2018 and Aquatic Law
Jul 2018
WAHC, Aquatic Law, MAHC

Today we’re highlighting a #WAHC2018 session focused on legal issues in aquatics, as well sessions that might dovetail with that discussion. 

Jul 2018
WAHC, Keynotes

This year’s World Aquatic HealthTM Conference takes a special interest in accessibility and design! Learn more about what keynote speakers Eadric Bressel and Feras Irikat have in store. And don't miss your chance for an incredible deal on WAHCity group registrations!

Relieving Parents' Aquatic Concerns | NSPF Guest Blogger Steve Kenny
Jul 2018
Swimmign, Environmental Health, Aquatic Safety

While I’ve always been focused on health and safety, those worries in and around the water came to fruition when my kids got sick using a public swimming pool and suffered some rather serious respiratory conditions.

Jul 2018
WAHC

It is now officially three months until the World Aquatic Health™ Conference! You have just three weeks left to save $100 on registration before the price rises to a final $595. Tuesday, July 31 will be the last day to register at $495.

Jul 2018
Aquatic Design, Guest Blog, Products

I’ve written about the beauty of building swimming pools and spas with water quality and serviceability in mind from the very start of a project. Although almost any body of water can be retrofitted with systems and features designed to generate quality, resilient water, it’s always better when it’s done right the first time.

WAHC 2018 Poster Presentations
Jul 2018
WAHC

Poster presentations allow aquatic professionals to share their knowledge and findings with the attendees of the World Aquatic HealthTM Conference. 

Jun 2018
WAHC , Advanced Service Concepts

The Advanced Service Concepts Track will focus on leadership strategies, career planning, chemical billing, fraud prevention, and staffing strategies for risk management. 

Jun 2018
WAHC, Partnerships, Products

Who should attend WAHC and WAHCity? What will you discover there? Learn more in this post.

Jun 2018
Guest Blog, Water Quality , Aquatic Safety, Saltwater Chlorination

When discussing chemical treatment options for pools and spas, I’m often asked about saltwater chlorination. Many people have heard a lot of good things about it and are curious if it’s a good choice for them.

Jun 2018
WAHC, Events

While battling this summer heat, it's not too early to think about a working vacation in October! 

May 2018
WAHC Track Tuesday

Fan favorite WAHC Track, New Industry Technology is back, stronger than ever! Manufacturers, Pool Operators, Aquatic Directors, EH Officials, Builders and Designers, Facility Managers, and NSPF Instructors will enjoy these sessions and the opportunity to add to their knowledge of best practices.

May 2018
Swimming, Environmental Health, Water Quality

Outbreaks associated with exposure to treated recreational water can be caused by pathogens or chemicals in venues such as pools, hot tubs/spas, and interactive water play venues (i.e., water playgrounds). During 2000–2014, public health officials from 46 states and Puerto Rico reported 493 outbreaks associated with treated recreational water. 

May 2018
WAHC, Environmental Health, Facilities

Next week marks the 14th running of the Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, which focuses on simple steps that swimmers and pool operators can take to reduce the risk of RWIs. WAHC 2018 offers a track with a strong focus on RWI Prevention. When you attend the RWI Prevention Track, you can incorporate what you learn in next year’s Healthy and Safe Swimming Week! 

May 2018
WAHC, Aquatic Design

Who Should Attend?
New this year, the Design & Engineering WAHC track covers topics beneficial for Aquatic Directors, Parks and Recreation Officials, Homeowner Association Managers, and, of course, Builders and Designers. 

Apr 2018
WAHC, Swimming, Water Safety

Who Should Attend?
The Increasing Fun & Reducing Risk (aka Drowning Prevention) WAHC track covers topics that would be beneficial for Aquatic Directors & Facility Managers, Pool Operators, Parks and Recreational Officials, Hotel Pool Operators, Lifeguards, and Home Owners Associations. 

Apr 2018
Products, Facility Manager App

Counsilman Hunsaker and NSPF recently collaborated to launch a web-based app for aquatic professionals around the world: Facility Manager. While pool operators are still learning of the app and requesting demos for more information, we’ve already had a few success stories.

Apr 2018
Environmental Health, Water Quality

Every aquatic professional is either impacting, or being impacted by, the quality of water. And although we are continually developing, utilizing, and improving technology to impact water quality, there is more to the solution than best practices. 

Apr 2018
WAHC , Facilities, Aquatic Design

Who Should Attend? The Facility Management WAHC track covers topics  beneficial for Aquatic Directors, Facility Managers, Parks and Recreation Officials, Homeowner Association Managers, and Pool Operators of all types of venues.

Apr 2018
Water Quality , Environmental Health, Chlorine

For more than 100 years, chlorine has been the primary chemical used to treat swimming pool water and public drinking water. It remains in widespread use in spite of the fact that it has stiff competition from so-called alternative sanitizers.

Apr 2018
WAHC, Environmental Health, Water & Air Quality

Who Should Attend? The Improving Water & Air Quality Track addresses topics beneficial for Aquatic Directors, Facility Managers, Pool Builders/Designers/Engineers, Manufacturers, and Pool Operators of indoor venues of all types.

Apr 2018
Environmental Health, Water Quality, UV

Ultraviolet (UV) water treatment is both an exciting and somewhat mysterious way to sanitize water. In recent years, it’s become widely used in managing swimming pool water because it’s been proven an effective way to control pathogens without adding any chemicals to the water whatsoever.

Mar 2018
Environmental Health, Water Quality, UV

If you look at the original plans for many commercial aquatic facilities, it’s surprising the number of them that were designed with plumbing and electrical systems meant to accommodate ozone systems. Yet, many never had the systems installed. Likewise, when I talk to facility managers and pool operators, they may know some things about ozone but are simply not interested.

Feb 2018
Guest Blog, Water Quality, MAHC

Too often you smell the indoor swimming pool before you see it. And once you see it, you’ll hear about it with the common refrain, “That pool must use a lot of chlorine!” The chlorine-like smell may trick the layperson into thinking this is a normal consequence...

Feb 2018
The Alliance, CPSA

Please mark your calendar and join NSPF and The Alliance at the Western Pool & Spa Show on Saturday, March 17th from 8:00-9:45 AM in the Room S5 of the Long Beach Convention Center for a town hall-style meeting!

Feb 2018
Swimming, Physical Activity, Learn To Swim

The ability to swim has several benefits which include, but are not limited to, providing a healthy form of exercise, decreasing the chance of disease, and lowering risk of drowning. Swimming is an attractive form of exercise because it does not involve the bearing of body weight...

Feb 2018
Facilities, Helpful Tips

Pool professionals help ensure public safety by securing swimming pool gates and aquatic facility fences. Recently, a thread was created on the Certified Pool Operator Facebook group about how to organize keys, and NSPF thought this would be a great time to provide a few ideas to CPO and AST Certified professionals. 

Feb 2018
Guest Blog, Water Quality, MAHC

It’s no secret that at times I’ve been critical of the state of education in the aquatics/pool/spa industry.

Jan 2018
Swimming, Indoor Air Quality, Guest Blog

One of the biggest challenges with aquatic facilities today is managing indoor air quality. Everyone is looking for the silver bullet that will solve all our problems, but it doesn’t exist … yet.  For now, it will take a little effort from everyone to help improve the current situation.  Let’s look at the main areas that impact air quality.

Jan 2018
Environmental Health, Water Quality

You don’t have to be a hydrologist to know that water has both a light and a dark side. On one hand, we know all about the existential importance of water as a natural resource, we simply cannot live without it. 

Jan 2018
Partnerships, Pool Safely, Grants

Please take a moment to read this update provided to NSPF by CPSC.