With so many pool techs around the country, it takes someone very special to be awarded the SPASA Australia Service Technician of the Year. Pool+Spa spoke to Andrew Patterson of Bluewater Pool Care in Cairns, who took out the 2017 honours, about what makes him different.
The Great White II suction-side in-ground pool cleaner from Pentair offers faster, uninterrupted cleaning, due to 38 cm-wide bristle scrubbers that cover more pool in a single pass.
A study has found that lifeguards who spend more than 500 hours per year working at indoor pool facilities are between two and six times more likely to suffer from respiratory ailments and eye irritations.
To get the Australian perspective on our recent 'Borates for salt chlorinators' article, which was focused on the US experience, we spoke with Paul Simons from Lo-Chlor. Here's what he had to say about borates.
While carbonates have traditionally been used for buffering pH in pools, lesser-used borates do a similar job — but some service techs believe they're especially well-suited to salt-chlorinated pools, extending service life, starving algae and adding a feel-good factor to the water.
The in.grid spa control system interface from Gecko Alliance offers a flexible way to control external spa heat sources, keeping water warm while acting as a hub for up to to five single-button switches.
For Sue Jackson, head teacher of Lee Chapel Primary School in Essex, UK, ensuring primary school pupils were able to swim from an early age was a lifelong ambition. She was determined no student should ever leave her school frightened of the water.
Gecko Alliance's in.touch-ic is an app designed specifically for spa and hot tub professionals, enabling remote access of equipment via connection to a customer's in.touch 2 app.
How do you remove potential contaminants such as clay, dust and debris from flood-affected pools? William Mansfield of BioLab Australia put together the following information for SPASA Victoria. It represents the best interpretation of available technical information at the time of preparation.