Pool Operator News
Backstroke Starting Devices
It seems like every couple of years new technology is invented to enhance a swimmer's opportunity to get a fast time. A few years ago it was the starting block "wedge" that allowed swimmers to have an inclined back wall on the top of the block. More recently, the NCAA and USA Swimming embraced the use of a backstroke start device. Several companies make the product now; this particular one is fabricated by Paragon I believe and branded and sold by Colorado Time Systems (Playcore) to accompany their Colorado Block. Having used this product for nearly a year now 24/7 (they never...
Do you pull your deck drain grating frequently?
Yuck! Do you pull those deck drain grates often and hose them out? Not only can this gunk stink, but it blocks the water and is breeding grounds for little pesky drain flies. This is a great task to complete when you are closed! This crud comes from bathers obviously, but it is not something they care to see again after they leave it in your drain! Good luck and keep 'em safe!
Is your bulkhead not staying put?
Whether due to old age, lack of upkeep, facility design issues or manufacturing defects, some bulkheads just don't stay put. In the world of competitive swimming, aquatic professionals work in very small fractions of an inch to certify a racing course for NCAA, USA Swimming, or other governing body competition. When we finally get the bulkhead in the right spot ... we need it to stay in place! And without proper mechanical restraints in place, it is well known that tight lane lines can actually move a bulkhead. Consider a gusset system as seen above. This didn't come off the shelf. It...
Do you regularly inspect your diving boards?
Do you regularly inspect your diving boards for cracking? Diving boards undergo extreme forces with prolonged use and the aluminum can crack. It is important to understand the difference between a crack in the aluminum and a crack in the non-slip coating on Duraflex boards. The first scenario is a serious safety issue, the latter is more of a cosmetic issue and a maintenance issue. If you are unsure whether a crack is superficial or not, we highly recommend you stop using the boards and call your professional installer/sales rep, or call Duraflex directly in Nevada to inquire. You can...
Keep those pump indicator lights burning!
Received a call at home last night saying the "the pump isn't running". I doubted that was the case....indeed it was just a burnt out indicator light! Here's a quick video on how to fix this issue! Good luck and keep 'em safe!