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SPLASH! 2018 buzzes with record attendance

Once again, the SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show has raised the bar for locally held events.

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Do casual workers have the right to become permanent?

The Fair Work Commission has recently determined that casual workers covered by 85 of the approximately 122 federal modern awards will be given the right to request permanent employment status if they have worked regular hours over a 12-month period.

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Pool Chemical Tips: Total hardness versus calcium hardness

Calcium levels are an important factor when balancing pool water. Without acceptable levels of calcium, water will try to balance itself by drawing calcium from the walls (in the case of concrete or plaster pools) and from grouting in tiled pools.

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Spa Tech Tip: Choosing the right pipe

Selection of the correct pipe size is critical to spa jet performance. Jets generally require 40 lpm to 50 lpm to operate at 8m to 10m head pressure.

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Don Bullock with a healthy haul of mud crabs

Pool industry pioneer Don Bullock calls time on his long career

Swimming pool and spa industry pioneer Don Bullock started in the industry way back in 1972.

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Pool Chemical Tips: Understanding the effects of stabiliser

Most pool owners in Australia add stabiliser – cyanuric acid, also known as CYA – to their pools in order to prevent the chlorine being dissipated by UV (sunlight).

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Spa Tech Tip: Spa jet operation

The pressure generated by spa jets is the result of water flowing through a narrow orifice in the rear of the jet, combined with air drawn into the space adjacent to the jet orifice via vacuum venturi action.

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Pool Chemical Tips: Start the season with a smile

Get the season off to a flying start by offering your clients a pre-season pool audit.

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Spa Tech Tip: Polyspun filters

Since 2000, many spas have included Polyspun filter cartridges and low micron bags to offer finer filtration. Often, the low micron filter is used just on the circulation pump; sometimes on all pumps.

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What will the new penalty rates mean for pool shops?

SPLASH! asked Michelle Blewett of Workforce Guardian to guide us through the recent changes to penalty rates, and outline what they might mean for the pool and spa industry.

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Swimming can help people with autism spectrum disorder

Erika Gleeson of Autism Swim looks at how swimming lessons can help mitigate the leading cause of death among children with autism spectrum disorder – death by drowning – which accounts for an astounding 90 per cent of deaths.

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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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Peter Rabbidge

Peter Rabbidge retires after four decades in the swimming pool industry

After nearly 45 years working in the swimming pool and spa industry, Peter Rabbidge has retired from Zeolite Australia and the industry.

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How to build high end pools for wealthy clients

  By Cal Stanley If you aspire to build pools at the upper end of the market, there are a few things you must know and do to succeed. First and foremost is that your customers are likely to be worth far more than you so don’t screw them around or you may find out […]

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Pool pumps may face national regulation as new proposals considered

Acting national GEMS regulator and E3 chair Rick Miles updates us on the upcoming considerations for national regulation of pool pumps and the status of the E3 program.

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tallest inflatable waterslide in the world

Perth slide is now officially tallest inflatable waterslide in the world

The new tallest inflatable waterslide in the world has been crowned at Perth’s Xscape at the City pop-up waterpark.

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