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AWARDS TO FOLLOW AN ENVIRONMENTAL THEME

in energy- and water-efficient swimming pool equipment, the SPLASH! Environmental Awards will include a number of product categories for 2010. SPLASH! Publisher Simon Cooper says that energy efficiency and water saving are the biggest issues the Australasian pool and spa industry has to face, and the awards play an important role in encouraging and acknowledging improvements in these areas.

The high profile of energy saving and environmental issues has led the organisers of Australia’s top trade awards to change its focus of its awards this year. Following increased attention on the environment, and major advances

MORE PEOPLE, BETTER TRAINED SAYS US FEDERATION

The influential US based National Swimming Pool Federation says more people worldwide are committed to gaining technical qualifications within the pool industry as a way of climbing out of tough financial conditions.

The federation reports a 3.7% increase in certifications in 2009 and a record 1,340 Certified Pool Operator certification courses at www.nspf.org. It says there has been a significant increase in international adoption and use of programmes.

“More minds are open to education as the key to turn around their economic conditions. This is true for people around the world who wish to thrive as service professionals, retailers, builders, or aquatic facility professionals,” said federation Chief Executive, Thomas M. Lachocki.

NSPF has certified instructors in 18 countries outside of the United States in the last two years: Antiqua, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Czech Republic, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Taiwan, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe. The National Swimming Pool

“In 2008, we were still learning which awards would be the most successful in promoting energy and water saving advances in the industry,” says Simon Cooper. “For example, that year as the judges were going through the award entries, they realised they

needed to split the pool award categories in two, as trying to judge indoor pools against outdoor pools was like trying to judge apples and oranges. “Since then, we’ve realised there are many other areas that can be recognised, especially in the field of equipment innovation. For that reason we’ve added a series of categories we consider important to furthering environmental efficiency in the swimming pool and spa industry,” he says. Additionally, there will be two overarching awards: The SPLASH! Environmental Project of the Year and The SPLASH! Environmental Product of the Year. The 2010/2011 Awards are being held on 28 and 29 July.

ON-THE-SPOT SAFETY FINE TO INCREASE FOUR FOLD

The maximum fine for a breach of safety regulations for residential swimming pools has been increased in New South Wales. The state government is to increase the on-the-spot “penalty notice” to AUS$5,500 – a four fold increase on the current fine. It is an offence if pool gates are not properly latched at all times and the rules apply regardless of whether there are small children in the household.

Amendments to the Swimming Pools Act are designed to ensure a child-proof, four-sided barrier around all new pools and that they are separated by a complying barrier from the house, adjoining properties and public spaces at all times.

They remove the exemptions on providing four-sided pool

barriers on properties under 230 square metres and more than 2 hectares and on waterfront properties, and give councils the power to enter properties to repair fences when the owner has failed to comply with a direction to do so.

Other changes to regulations include new requirements for non-climbable zones, mesh sizes for fences, retaining walls that form part of a barrier, and balconies that project into the pool area.

The Department of Local Government has reminded councils that pools capable of holding just 30cm of water must have fencing, gates and resuscitation signage in accordance with the Australian standard.

BARCELONA DIARY DATE

Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1965, giving back over $3.6m in the past six years to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning and to demonstrate the benefits of

aquatic activity.

IN BRIEF

AUSTROL FALL VICTIM IN AUSTRALIA

The worldwide financial crisis has forced the liquidation of one of the best known names in the Australian pool trade. Controller manufacturer and pool accessories distributor Austrol Industries failed in the New Year. According to the administrator, the business seemed to have grown too quickly without adequate capitalisation and stumbled in the face of the economic downturn. All assets of Austrol and its subsidiary Steel River Manufacturing are for sale. This includes the tooling, IP and stock for the Austrol smart radio remotes and solar controllers; flux baths and advanced soldering facilities; substantial stock of Solar Sun Rings, Anti-Hair Snare Plus, Aqua-cell products, Intermatic actuators and valves and SwimGym DVDs, as well as the Austrol customer database.

The next Piscina Barcelona, International Swimming Pool Show, will be held from the 18 to 21 October 2011 in Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre.

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towards its mission to encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research with its collection of educational products and training.

HOT TUBS HIT PRIME TIME TELEVISION

The US market is working hard at a recovery after the industry has been cut in half over the last three years. One of the first major moves was prime time television advertising in four Super Bowl commercials – one of the highest viewed evenings of the year. Though all comical in nature, the ads profiled hot tubs as the ultimate “good time” luxury party equipment. Meanwhile the fight against entrapment regulations has led to an addendum that will allow suction fittings used in self-contained hot tubs to be tested in pairs with regard to hair entrapment. As a result, these dual-outlet fittings will obtain a higher flow rating and be permitted in hot tubs with higher water velocity, avoiding costly redesign and retooling for many hot tub models. The addendum was proposed by an industry task force after manufacturers discovered late last year that the smaller fittings typically used in hot tubs were receiving far lower flow ratings under the new cover standard cited in the Virginia Graeme Baker safety act. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100
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