As well as the usual informative news items and product information, this issue has a feature on how pool and spa retailers can compete with the big box players, tips on handling stone around swimming pools, and a comprehensive delve into the 2018 National Drowning Report.
Outboxing the big players
Izzy Grace looks at how pool retail stores and mobile service operators can compete against big box retailers and online-only suppliers by leveraging expertise and enhancing the customer experience.
Handling stone around pools
Duncan Blyth offers expert advice on how to choose, install and treat stone around swimming pools, using the example of a prestige swimming pool project in Sydney.
The National Drowning Report 2018
We look at all the relevant pool and spa data from the latest annual report into water safety from Royal Life Saving Australia. It shows improvements on all swimming pool drowning indicators.
Taking responsibility for mental health
Tim Gledhill looks at how to support staff and patrons of aquatic centres to improve the wellbeing and mental health of young Australians.
Getting started in the concrete pool business
Asked for tips about getting into concrete pool construction, Cal Stanley recalls his own entry into the business 38 years ago, which included more than a few pitfalls.
The 120-year history of Pierce Pool Supplies
David Lloyd discusses the long, long history of Pierce Pool Supplies, which started way back in 1898 with a trader on a horse and buggy travelling around rural New South Wales.
Global pool and spa advocate Tom Lachocki to retire
We look at the career of influential swimming pool and spa advocate Tom Lachocki, who is moving on from heading the National Swimming Pool Foundation to focus on mind, body and soul.
Enhancing resilience in the workplace
Ros Ronning helps build the resilience of individuals in the workplace by leading them towards thinking for themselves and embracing who they are. She offers simple tips that are easy to follow.
World pool vision
Architect Lionel Thabaret talks about his aesthetics and the projects that helped propel him into the limelight, including the pool project in a French spa that won him a pool vision award in 2016.
Water safety skills in swim programs
As part of an ongoing series, Emma Lawrence looks at how to develop water safety skills and provide water safety education to underpin formal learn-to-swim programs.
Sound solutions for a sustainable aquatic centre
A purpose-built Western Australian aquatic facility includes a custom-designed tension member strategically positioned to offset noise in the pool.