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Flagging US hot tub industry
Centre says no to pool
facilities gets new trade body
Oxford’s Peers Sports Centre is
set to be demolished within two The United States hot tub
New United States hot tub association will
years to pave the way for new industry has a new trade
focus on lobbying to raise market profile
facilities at the city’s first organisation which has set itself
academy school. But swimmers five key goals to try and lift sales
have said they are disappointed throughout the country and offer
developers of the £32m Oxford better protection for members.
Academy have no plans to The International Hot Tub
incorporate a pool. Pool users Association was established at
have fought for two years to the end of last year by Andrew
keep the Sandy Lane West pool Tournas, President of
open, but developers expect to ThermoSpas. Several other
start bulldozing the sports centre manufacturers are now backing
next year. the new initiative.
Among the group’s stated
goals are:
One to one supervision Hire lobbyists to work solely
needed on behalf of the hot tub
Sheffield father Phillip Smith was industry
stunned to be told that, as a Join the American National
single parent, he could not Standards Institute to enable
provide proper supervision for unlimited IHTA members to manufacturers, suppliers and nothing this new organisation
his two sons at a swimming attend their meetings, present retailers nationwide, and officials can bring to the table that we
pool. Phillip and sons Jake, arguments exclusive to the hot are aiming for aggressive growth, don’t have already,” she added.
aged five, and Aiden, three, tub industry, and influence stateside and internationally, in Membership fees for IHTA’s
were turned away from their ANSI decision-making the coming months. participating spa manufacturers
favourite pool by staff because Create proper definitions that “Ultimately, my concern is not and suppliers now stand at
under-eights must be differentiate hot tubs from how well it does; it’s how the 5,000 dollars while companies
accompanied on a one-to-one pools and jetted bathtubs industry as a whole is doing,” whose primary product is not
basis by adults. A spokesman for Promote standardisation of a Tournas said. “Nobody who hot tubs are charged 2,500
the Sheffield pool said that single energy protocol across joined this organisation did it on dollars. For their part, retailers
children under the age of four all 50 states their own behalf – they are all are assessed 500 dollars for
must be accompanied by a Reach out to the insurance legitimately concerned about their first location and 200
responsible person on a one-to- industry to secure coverage the industry.” dollars for each store thereafter.
one basis unless they are using for spas purchased for However, some industry Mike Dunn, vice president of
the baby pool area only, when medical reasons members questioned the sales and marketing at Vista
one adult is allowed to supervise decision to launch a new trade said he saw the new association
two under fours. The association was created in organization. as an independent group
response to new government The move comes at a critical working cooperatively with
regulations affecting spas, and time for the Association of Pool others in the industry.
Prestigious Aquatic association officials hope it & Spa Professionals, which has “We see this as
Centre contract will “protect and promote” been working to garner support complementary. It is in no way
Pulse Fitness has won the contract the industry. for a broad-based promotional meant to be competitive. What
to supply the National Aquatic “Now more than ever, if we campaign designed to help the spurred this, I believe, were all
Centre in Dublin, the premier don’t have a group that’s 100% flagging spa industry. these regulatory issues coming
Olympic standard swimming pool focused on hot tubs, we’ll never “We really don’t know the down right now. It’s really
and the top competition venue in have the kind of voice we need motivation behind what the new coming at us from all
the country. in terms of shaping legislation body is doing,” said Lauren directions.”
The National Aquatic Centre and protecting the industry,” Stack, APSP’s Director of Public Jonathan Clark, President and
houses Ireland’s The Centre said Tournas, who also serves as Relations and Industry chief executive of Jaccuzi Hot
which has attained the IHTA president. Promotion. “APSP has had great Tubs and Sundance Spas Inc.,
prestigious ILAM White Flag “When you have a singular success in dealing with various based in California said: “With
Award for Spa and Leisure in focus, you’re always going to agencies on hot tub regulations. the difficult circumstances the
both 2007 and 2008 – the only be able to do it a little better,” If it is focusing on protection and industry is facing with a tough
50m site in Ireland to have he added. advocacy, it’s going to overlap economy, we need to go
achieved this accolade. The group is open to with what we’re doing. There’s forward with one voice.”
Commenting on the contract
Trevor Berry, Area Sales Manager
for Pulse in Ireland said, “The
National Aquatic Centre is a
recognized landmark in Dublin
US ENTRAPMENT LAW FOR HOT TUBS
and we are pleased to be The US trade association – Association of Pool and Spa Professionals – is seeking guidance on when the
working with an organization that controlling US Consumer Product Safety Commission will release the Virginia Graeme Baker Act
places importance on things such guidelines for portable residential hot tubs. It is understood the legislation on entrapment drains for
as inclusivity, energy efficiency portable hot tubs has been written and the document is awaiting final approval. The Virginia Graeme
and innovation.” Baker Act became law for swimming pools through the United States before Christmas.
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