July 27, 2016 

Tips for Energy Efficient Pool Maintenance

Read our second ever original blog on getting the most efficiency out of your pool system, saving you money and being environmentally conscious.So because the heat is blazing and our pool is in use, here are some effective ways you can be more energy efficient when it comes to your pool.

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July 19, 2016

New Canadian 'tweens' at higher risk for drowning: study

A new study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society has found tweens (aged 11-14) who are new to Canada are five times more likely to be unable to swim than their Canadian-born classmates.Despite these findings, however, 93 per cent of new Canadian tweens say they participate in activities in, on, or around water.

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July 4, 2016 

What to know when installing a pool lift

Read our first ever original blog post about the use of aquatic pool lifts.

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June 30, 2016 

Operating an Olympic-sized pool

When it comes to water maintenance, a pool is just a pool, right? But how about treating and managing a 50-m (164-ft) Olympic pool with 1,135,624 L (300,000 gal) of water, which must be sparkling clear every day? Regardless of a pool’s water volume, disinfection, water balance, and filtration remain the same.

To put this into further perspective, should an operator find sorting out unlabelled plumbing at a mid-sized hotel pool challenging, consider what it would be like at an Olympic aquatic facility, which uses 305-mm (12-in.) lines and has a maze of piping.However, a casual stroll through the pump room of one these massive facilities can be quite eye opening and leave one to think differently. For instance, they do not use typical one-horsepower (hp) pumps and 23-kg (50-lb) sand filters, nor can a maintenance professional quickly change the filter sand with a ‘shop vac’—think rather wheel barrows, shovels and skid loaders.

And even though inventory control and chemical storage for maintaining a hotel pool can prove challenging, try handling 1,361 kg (3,000 lbs) of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), 757 L (200 gal) of muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid), 378 L (100 gal) of sodium hydroxide (NaOH), 2,000 kg (907 lbs) of calcium chloride (CaCl2) and gas chlorine (Cl), and 45 kg (100 lbs) of calcium hypochlorite (Ca[ClO]2), which would be routinely stocked for a typical Olympic-sized aquatic facility.

This brings new meaning to containment, employee hazard and communication training, and safety. Despite their size, however, Olympic aquatic facilities are simply an overgrown ‘big brother’ to mid-size pools. The fundamentals remain the same; however, managing them is another issue.

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