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Frogs can be an annoyance in swimming pools

Keeping frogs out of swimming pools

Once the weather turns wet we’re likely to see an increase in the number of frogs finding their way into backyard swimming pools. BioGuard’s Bill Mansfield has offered a few suggestions to help keep frogs out of the pool.

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Firefighters battle the fire inside the Narellan Pools factory at Staplyton. Image: 9 News Gold Coast

Production resumes after Narellan Pools factory fire

The Narellan Pools factory at Burnside Road, Staplyton on the Gold Coast caught fire on February 6, in the second fibreglass pool facility blaze this year following the Compass Pools warehouse fire in January.

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March pool and aquatic tenders

Here are four pool and aquatic tenders and requests for expressions of interest from local councils for construction work and leases.

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The excitement of the Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Design Show

Victorian Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Design Show up 22 per cent

SPASA Victoria is celebrating following an increase of visitor attendance to their rejigged summer expo, retitled the Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Design Show

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Candido Jacuzzi and Ken Jacuzzi with the whirlpool pump

Ken Jacuzzi, the inspiration for the home spa, passes away

The person who was the inspiration for his father Candido’s invention – the Jacuzzi whirlpool – has passed way aged 75.

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Compass Pools survives Tomago warehouse fire

Year in Review: in January 2017 Compass Pools had a close shave, with a fire running through their stores warehouse at Tomago, which had become their sole manufacturing site for their pool shells.

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Lazaway Pools and Spas collapses, leaving customers in the lurch

Year in Review: In February 2017, well-known Melbourne volume swimming pool builder Lazaway Pools and Spas collapsed, leaving many Victorian customers in the lurch.

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Swimart pool and spa franchise network grows to 73 outlets and 250 vans

Swimart began back in 1983 as a single pool retail store in the Sydney suburb of Killara. Over the intervening 34 years, it has grown into an extensive network of 73 franchise outlets and more than 250 mobile service vans across Australia and New Zealand.

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Sharpe and Cooke redouble Kokoda effort to help returned soldiers

Pool industry leaders redouble Kokoda effort to help returned soldiers

Hayward Pool Products Australia managing director Tony Sharpe and Cooke Industries managing director Cliff Cooke will be completing the Kokoda Trek together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail Campaign.

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Clint Andrews just before the big bomb. Winning photo for December

Photobomb competition makes a big splash

Daisy Pool Covers has been running a photo competition called the BestPhotoBomb Challenge, with the monthly winner getting a Megaboom waterproof speaker and $500 worth of pool supplies.

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ACT coroner wants backyard swimming pools brought up to a single standard

An inquest into the drowning death of a 21-month-old toddler has prompted the ACT coroner to call for an urgent review of the laws regulating pool fencing.

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Walking in water can ease osteoarthritis pain

Having osteoarthritis patients walking against a systematically high and low resistance in water resulted in significant reduction in pain, improved mobility, balance and function.

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See the new pool and spa consumer expo video

The new ad promotes the NSW consumer Pool & Spa Expo, to be held on the weekend of February 25 and 26.

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New public pool documents and videos available

NSW Health has some great new posters while Recreation SA has released a new video and its first ever public pool code of practice.

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APSP & NSPF boards will not unite

The board of directors of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) have announced they will not continue with the unification process to consolidate the two organisations.

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Read the digital version of SPLASH! 109

The digital version of SPLASH! 109 is out now. It includes recent developments on natural pools, new ideas for hydrotherapy and a couple of stories on Australian manufacturing.

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The new & improved SPLASH! Trade Directory is now live!