Swimming Pool Blog

  • 2010 Child Drowning Statistics
    Rob Cox
    Every year, we release the data collected from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) on the drowning and near drowning incidents in pools and spas collected during the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Of course, many drownings occur outside of June, July and August, however this data samples the period of largest use of water recreation, during the summer months
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 4:16 PM
  • Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show 2010
    Rob Cox
    ATLANTIC CITY POOL & SPA SHOWSince 1982, the North East Pool & Spa Association has hosted the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show. And for most of those years, I have been attending, or at least since about 1988. The trade show brings together vendors, manufacturers and providers of all types together with pool builders, retailers, service companies and more. The "AC Show" has distinguished itself as a national show, although nearly 3/4 of it's 12,000 attendees are from New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York. 
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:35 PM
  • CPSC hearing on Unblockable Pool Drain Definition
    cpsc logo smallThe hearing was held to discuss the rewording of the term “unblockable drains” as defined by the CPSC. I feel I made a point that a lot of other people in the industry overlooked. That was that most Certified Pool Operators (CPOs) or hotel owners do not have the correct training or knowledge to understand the wording of the law or implement the products to comply.

    Sunday, November 22, 2009 8:29 PM
  • How many swimming pools are in the U.S?
    intex pool 54463If you want to know how large is the U.S. swimming pool market is, simply count the pools! 2009 will go down as one of the worst years in recent history for pool sales and construction. Swimming pools are a luxury item, and when money is tight - demand decreases. However, if you already have one in the ground (or on the ground), like nearly 10 million Americans 
    Monday, October 05, 2009 7:48 AM
  • 2009 U.S. Drowning Statistics
    Let’s face it, children get into things and get into places they are not supposed to be in. The last thing you want is to have an unsupervised child around your pool. Hundreds of children die in pools every year, but this year, 2009, is different in that the number has doubled so far this year. Over 600 drownings! Please Read On!
    Saturday, September 05, 2009 11:03 AM
  • Swimming Pool Rebate Programs and Discounts from Utilities
    pool rebatesLet’s face it , pools are a luxury item and have big costs associated with them. Everyone wants to lower their costs when it comes to operation of their pools.I think everyone is with me saving money and lowering cost , but what about getting money back? Is it possible to get money back? Yes .
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 1:27 PM
  • Virginia Graeme Baker Rant
    abigail taylorMany states agree with the law but have neglected to pass state laws to enforce it . According to Kathleen Reily of the CPSC, this is "red tape" and will take some time to enact and set aside funding for enforcement. Even though this is a Federal law that will make pools safer, I have heard of county health inspectors looking the other way when it comes to the law.
    Wednesday, August 12, 2009 2:11 PM
  • Virginia Graeme Baker Act: Deadline Looms Near
    With the swim season gearing up in the United States, more pools are finding out very late that they must comply with the new federal law. A lot of swimming pools are facing budget cuts in this economy and many are finding out that they do not have the money to make the upgrades to comply with the law.
    Tuesday, May 05, 2009 5:11 PM
  • Virginia Graeme Baker: Sending ripples across the pool industry
    Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) was lovingly known to her friends and family as Graeme (pronounced Graham). The granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Graeme went with her mother, Nancy, and four sisters to a family friend’s home for a graduation party on June 15, 2002. The focal point of the party was the swimming pool and hot tub.
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:30 PM
  • Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show - 2009
    Every year, five hundred Manufacturers, Vendors, Importers and Entrepreneurs converge at the Atlantic City Convention Center  to sell the latest and greatest products, technologies and methods of enjoying and maintaining swimming pools. POOLCENTER.com made the annual trek again this year in style riding in Jon's BMW. About a 4 hour trip from Washington DC for us. We got GPS.
    Sunday, February 01, 2009 3:25 PM
  • Can one parent supervise two swimming kids?
    Phillip and sons Jake, aged five, and Aiden, three, drove from Killamarsh to Hillsborough Leisure Centre - but were turned away from their favourite pool by reception staff because under-eights must be accompanied on a one-to-one basis by adults
    Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:53 PM