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A Pump for Every Pool – Aurora 3801 Pool Pumps

June 5, 2020 - Recreonics

Swimming pools today are all shapes and sizes with various water flow rates and liquid handling needs. Commercial pool applications in particular have numerous design and engineering considerations that can affect the kind of pool pump you need to maximize efficiency. As the pool industry has evolved toward increased water handling, temperature, and pressure, pumps have adapted to meet the needs of every application in various ways. For large commercial pools, this Best Point Efficiency (BEP) is met with Pentair's Aurora 3801 pool pumps. Continue Reading about A Pump for Every Pool - Aurora 3801 Pool Pumps...

EZ-LOCK Pool Floats Keep Swimmers Safe

May 11, 2020 - Recreonics

Swimmer safety is incredibly important for any commercial swimming pool. A combination of rules, procedures, supervision and equipment are the best ways to keep guests safe while they enjoy everything your aquatic facility has to offer. An easy way to partition active safety zones your pool is with Competitor Swim's EZ-LOCK Floats strung on floating pool safety line. This creates a highly visible demarcation, which assists parents and lifeguards in helping children play safely. Providing safe play activities for guest of all ages and abilities is one of the keys to a happy customer base and successful programming.

The easiest place to start marking areas of your swimming pool with EZ-LOCK pool floats are areas that may be hazardous to inexperienced swimmers, like the deep end of the pool. In fact, most states require some demarcation of the deep end with a safety line. Before getting started, you should check your states regulations for guidance. Continue Reading about EZ-LOCK Pool Floats...

Save on Pool Energy Costs with Acu Drive Variable Frequency Drive

January 9, 2020 - Recreonics

Your swimming pool pump is one of the most vital pieces of equipment at your aquatic facility. Operating like a cardiovascular system, pumps and filters circulate the water in your swimming pool to maintain safe and clean water environment throughout the day. But these pieces of equipment use more electricity than anything else in your facility, often making them inefficient and wasteful. In the era of "green" energy, resource consuming equipment can be a real problem for both your facility and your wallet. As many aquatic facilities are moving toward more eco-friendly practices, manufacturers are making energy-efficient variable frequency drives to allow you to lower your operating costs and reduce electricity consumption. Continue Reading about Acu Drive Variable Frequency Drive...

Ready, Set, Go! Start Your Race with Infinity Start System

November 20, 2019 - Recreonics

For competitive swimmers, time is everything. A difference of even 1/100th of a second can determine the winner of a race. Many small and medium-sized facilities rely on manual and hand-held timers and stopwatches for practices and swim meets. While these can be accurate to a point, you can elevate the competitive experience with an automated swim start system such as the Infinity Start System.

The Infinity Start System from Colorado Time Systems is an excellent, entry-level choice for small swimming pools and recreation centers. It consists of a start module with a handle for easy portability, a 40-watt corrosion resistant speaker, a wired microphone with start button, an internal gel-cell battery with 115V charging capability (240V available). A secondary 40-watt speaker can be added to the Infinity along with an additional strobe (sold separately).

The strobe light aids in the accuracy and accessibility of the Infinity Start System. While the horn sound is a highly audible trigger to begin the race, the strobe provides accessibility to athletes that are deaf or heard of hearing.

It's also recommended that coaches and referees using manual stop watches to begin timing with the strobe instead of the horn. In the poor acoustical environment of a swimming pool facility, the sound of the horn will reach ears with a delay, while the speed of light is unaffected by acoustics, humidity, and other environmental factors. Continue Reading about Infinity Start System...

Swim Pace Clocks – Swimmer’s Best Friend

October 14, 2019 - Recreonics

As any competitive swimmer knows, swim pace clocks are an essential piece of equipment for aquatic sports. Swim pace clocks allow a swimmer to monitor their training pace, create a target time that they want to achieve, and repeat swims or intervals. No swim practice is complete without a pace clock because they are key to improved endurance and speed.

When Competitor Swim redesigned their swim pace clocks two years ago, they paid extra attention to visibility and durability. With the best interest of swimmers in mind, Competitor Swim designed their new pace clock faces so the swimmer would be able to easily see the numbers - particularly the quarter numbers - for training, pace, and rest purposes. Quarter numbers on pace clocks are the primary numbers used in competitive swim training and are the most important for competition. Swimmers need easy and quick visibility of the numbers to enhance their training and lead to better times overall. Continue Reading about Swim Pace Clocks...

Challenge Visitors with Kersplash Pool Climbing Walls

September 18, 2019 - Recreonics

Climbing increases fitness levels through the development of strength, coordination, and endurance. It also provides participants with opportunities for positive risk taking and creative problem solving. Climbing walls are a popular installment at many community gatherings places like fairs and recreation centers. Now you can bring climbing fun to your swimming pool facility with Kersplash Pool Climbing Walls.
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Better than a Wet Floor Sign – Plastex Matting for Wet Floors

August 8, 2019 - Recreonics

From slippery floors to hot concrete, aquatic centers are full of barefoot environments that can be hazardous to visitors. And, sometimes posted warnings signs may not be enough. Floor matting is an essential solution for any pool facility to provide additional clean, comfortable, and safe surfaces underfoot. There are many wonderful brands you can choose from. Plastex Matting is on our recommendation list. Plastex Matting Inc. has 50 plus years of experience in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge matting and flooring solutions, enabling everyone to become safer, more profitable, and more productive across their professional and recreational environments.

Plastex matting is made from high quality, non-porous polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is durable and flexible, allowing the matting to be easily lifted, carried and moved. Embossed and etched surfaces offer excellent slip resistance. Open grid designs deliver the highest level of drainage, ensuring the poolside remains safe for swimmers, lifeguard and all staff. Continue Reading about Plastex Matting...

Speedo Guard Collection – For the Active Lifeguard

July 10, 2019 - Recreonics

This summer make sure you are prepared for a season of swim lessons and saving lives with Speedo’s lifeguard swim suits and swim gear. Designed for and inspired by the active lifeguard, women’s swim suits in the Speedo Guard Collection are made from Endurance Lite material, which is a blended PBT and Polyester fabric made specifically for performance. With its low water absorbency and great elasticity, Endurance Lite resists sagging and allows for greater range of motion. It is also 10% lighter weight and has a life span 20 times longer than spandex.

Speedo men’s shorts are made from a quick-drying VaporPLUS fabric which repels water and dries in record time. VaporPLUS is a treated polyester that is a more durable and quick-drying alternative to spandex and last 3 times as long. The VaporPLUS treatment also offers UV protection. Continue Reading about Speed Guard Collection...

Advantages of Blue-White Peristaltic Metering Pumps

June 11, 2019 - Recreonics

Today’s commercial swimming pools have a plethora of pumps and heavy machinery in their equipment rooms to ensure efficient maintenance. Chief among this pool equipment are chemical feeders. Properly balanced water chemistry is essential for the health and safety of not only your guests, but also your aquatics facility. In addition to chemical controllers and water testing equipment, you will want to make sure that your pool has the best chemical metering pump.

Chemical metering pumps offered by Blue-White are peristaltic pumps, which use rotary motion to move the fluid through tubing. These kinds of chemical metering pumps are precise and ideal for moving sterile or aggressive chemicals because they limit contamination as the chemical moves through the pump. All peristaltic chemical metering pumps from Blue White are self-priming, even against maximum line pressure. And, by-pass valves are not required since peristaltic pumps cannot experience the vapor lock caused by off-gassing, a common problem for diaphragm pumps.

Off-gassing occurs when liquid chlorine aerated by the action of pumping creates bubbles that transfer to the inner walls of the diaphragmatic pump and valves. This creates an air lock that impedes fluid from flowing through the pump, even if the pump appears to be functioning normally. Peristaltic pumps do not expereince this issue due to their rotary design, which moves the liquid via compression of the tube and the pushing motion of the rollers. Continue Reading about Peristaltic Metering Pumps...

Wibit Kids Inflatables – Aquatic Fun for Your Youngest Swimmers

May 22, 2019 - Recreonics

From the team that brought you the Aqua Track, AquaDuel, and FastTrack comes a new line of aquatic play equipment. Wibit Sports has released three new combinations for commercial swimming pools designed for children starting at age 4, with a height of 39" to 59". Each of these combinations features easy obstacles and can be positioned in water as shallow as 4' for safe and exciting of your pool's youngest visitors. Wibit Kids products also feature the new step up system (SUS) engineered to help swimmers climb onto the inflatables with ease. Continue Reading about Wibit Kids Inflatables...

WaterLink SpinTouch Lab – Your All-In-One Pool Water Test Kit

April 23, 2019 - Recreonics

The importance of regular and accurate pool water chemistry testing cannot be overstated. Well-balanced swimming pool water chemistry not only ensures the health and safety of your guests, but also the efficiency of your facility’s equipment. However, since field testing for every chemical is time consuming and expensive, many aquatic facilities only regularly test chlorine and pH levels. While the correct balance of these properties makes the pool water safe for swimmers, imbalance of other chemicals in the water can lead to equipment failures, costing your facility more in repairs and replacements. That’s why we recommend the WaterLink SpinTouch Lab from LaMotte Company. This portable water testing system is easy to use and conducts 10 important tests in just 60 seconds. Continue Reading about WaterLink SpinTouch Lab...

Choosing the Right Paint to Protect and Beautify Your Swimming Pool

April 2, 2019 - Recreonics

For 50 years, Kelley Technical Coatings has produced high quality swimming pool paints, coatings and other related products designed to make pool maintenance a snap. All Olympic pool coatings from Kelley Technical Coatings are user friendly, such that your facility’s staff can apply and maintain the coating without professional help, so long as you make sure to read the label.

Olympic swimming pool paints come in three different material types, each with its own benefits and requirements.

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Providing Commercial Swimming Pool Accessibility

February 15, 2019 - Recreonics

Access to swimming pools and aquatic facilities is important for both individuals with low mobility and seniors. Swimming pools provide an optimal environment for low impact exercise and therapy—which is often necessary to the medical health of these individuals. Congress passed the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to mandate non-discriminatory policies for disabled individuals in America. ADA swimming pool accessibility requirements were added to the law in 2010 (and revised in 2012) requiring commercial swimming pools to provide a means of safe access to their pools such as ramps and lifts. For more information on the ADA visit Continue Reading about Pool Accessibility...

Chemtrol Chemical Controllers – The Universal Remote for Your Pool Equipment Room

January 8, 2019 - Recreonics

Water treatment for commercial swimming pools and spas requires a complex combination of physical and chemical processes, such as chemical treatment, filtration, pumping, heating and water replacement. To properly manage these processes and chemistry and water level of a pool, engineering and pool equipment rooms are often filled with specialized meters, pumps, filters, and units—each doing specialized, individual work. Often, many of these machines will come from different manufacturers and are controlled independently of each other. Taking readings and ensuring all equipment works in-tandem and efficiently can take hours. With Chemtrol PC Programmable and Digital Controllers from Santa Barbara Control Systems, this process can become so much easier. Chemtrol controllers will work with any chemical feeders, filters, pumps, and units on the market work.

Think of the controller as the thermostat in the wall: everything is tied together with the controller acting as the “brain.”

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Save Energy with ThermGard Pool Covers

November 5, 2018 - Recreonics

The natural loss of heat accounts for more than 70% of all heat lost from both indoor and outdoor pools. When the air temperature drops below your pools temperature, water evaporates from the surface of the pool theoretically until the water is the same temperature as the air. For heated swimming pools this means that your swimming pool heater will have to be engaged more frequently in order to maintain the desired temperature of the pool. This results in higher consumption of energy as well as higher costs for the aquatic facility.

It only takes 1 BTU to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80° water that evaporates from a pool causes a loss of 1048 BTUs of heat energy.

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What’s in Your Swimming Pool Water? – Find Out With Palintest Technologies

September 27, 2018 - Recreonics

Anyone who has worked with commercial swimming pools will know the importance of having clean and chemically balanced water. Regular and accurate testing of your pool's water is crucial to maintaining your facility and preventing scale and stain formation, cloudy water, algae growth, and the corrosion of pool surfaces and equipment. But with so many chemicals and tests to be aware of - free and total chlorine, calcium hardness, alkalinity, pH, cyanuric acid to name a few - it can be difficult to know what kind of tool you need. Palintest offers some of the most accurate pool water testing devises thanks to years of engineering and refinement. Palintest calibrates their photometers using certified color standards set by National Physical Laboratory (NPL) standards and Palintest's quality control team prepares certified standards for their products in their own lab.

In the 1950's, Dr. Thomas Palin approached chemist and pharmaceutical wholesaler William & Simpson Ltd. in Newcastle, UK, to manufacture reagent tablets for his new method of testing water. Dr. Palin had developed breakpoint chlorination for water and the DPD colorimetric method for the determination of chlorine. DPD reagent tablets react with chlorine in the water to create that recognizable magenta color, the saturation of which reveals the chlorine levels in the water. This method was so effective that it became the standard determination method throughout the world and is still used today. Continue Reading about Palintest Technologies...

Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum – A Proven Cleaning Solution

August 22, 2018 - Recreonics

The manually operated, self-sufficient Maxi-Sweep pool and fountain portable vacuum system is an excellent cleaning solution for indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as large fountains. The system does not require use of in-pool cleaning or filtration systems, eliminating approximately two-thirds of an aquatic facility's backwashing requirements through vacuuming. When the in-pool cleaning and filtration system is used to vacuum and clean the pool, thousands of gallons of chemically treated water are wasted, and sent down the drain with hundreds of dollars in utility bills. With Maxi-Sweep portable vacuums, all filtered and cleaned water is returned back into the pool so nothing is wasted. A Maxi-Sweep system is great to have on standby in case of mechanical failures in the pool's in-pool filtration systems. It can also be used to expedite fast pool draining for repairs or acid washing.

The wide path and powerful suction of the Maxi-Sweep allows for easy and efficient pool cleaning. A uniquely designed vacuum cleaning head comes in widths of 30", 36" and 42", complete with wheels for easy gliding across the pool bottom. Maxi-Sweep filters at a rate of 8,000 gallons per hour through a 225 square foot cartridge filter. The Maxi-Sweep comes complete with a hair and lint pot in addition to the filter to catch the debris that collects at the bottom of the pool, and it's all mounted on a light-weight corrosion resistant aluminum cart. Continue Reading about Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum Systems...

PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting

July 26, 2018 - Recreonics

Reduce injury-related risks and enhance your aquatic facility's appearance with PEM aquatic matting. This durable poly-extruded matting features a looping design of soft and durable PVC for maximum comfort and sure footing. The porosity of the material allows moisture to flow through, eliminating standing water, and it cleans easily with simple sweeping or wash down with a hose. PEM aquatic matting also includes an antimicrobial that guards against the growth of mildew, fungi and bacteria. Continue Reading about PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting...

Duraflex International Dive Stands and Boards

July 3, 2018 - Recreonics

If you have every watched an Olympic diving competition, you’ve seen Duraflex diving boards in action. Duraflex is the exclusive and official FINA supplier of diving stands and boards for all FINA sanctioned diving competitions, including the FINA World Championships and the Olympic Games. Duraflex has been the exclusive supplier of diving equipment for all Olympic diving competitions since 1960.

Duraflex’s founder Ray Rude was inspired to create an all-aluminum diving board while working in the aeronautical industry during the early 1950s. Mr. Rude realized that the unique strength and flexibility of the aluminum alloy that plane wings were made out of at the time would translate perfectly to a competitive diving board. Continue Reading about Duraflex International...

The Importance Of Swim Racing Lanes

May 21, 2018 - Recreonics

Most swimmers would say that the lanes lines in the pool are only good for swimmers to hang on, but Competitor Swim knows there is much more to their swim racing lanes than just that! Competitor Swim has been the leader of racing lane technology since 1960, and is the official swim racing lane supplier to the NCAA and USA Swimming. Competitor swim lanes have been used in 10 of the last 13 Olympic games.
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How to Choose Your Paragon Swim Starting Platform

April 19, 2018 - Recreonics

The goal of any sports equipment is to provide the athlete with the least resistance to their own ability and, in doing so, enhance their refined skill set. For swimmers, the quickness, accuracy, and safety of their initial dive into the water are crucial to success. Paragon Starting Platforms provide the best launch to any swimmer's competition. Its unique top, made from a solid sheet of high-density UV inhibited polypropylene, features a cross-grooved, non-skid sand finish, which enhances water drainage and gives the swimmer a firm start. The high density polypropylene material is incredibly durable and will not crack, warp, or corrode. Continue Reading about Paragon Swim Starting Platforms...

The Story Behind Tailwind Recycled Plastic Lifeguard Chairs

February 27, 2018 - Recreonics

Brothers Jerry and John Oksas grew up handling wood in their father’s saw mill. They knew they wanted to go into their own business together doing what they loved, making furniture. So the brothers set out to build quality, useful, and comfortable chairs.

In their first designs, the brothers used the woods they had worked with their whole life, but found that clients often wanted their furniture painted, which took a lot of time and resources. Then they found an efficient and earth friendly alternative – HDPE lumber. Continue Reading about Tailwind Furniture...

Choosing the Right Automatic Pool Cleaner for Your Commercial Swimming Pool

January 5, 2018 - Recreonics

An automatic pool cleaner is a great investment for any commercial swimming pool. These cost-efficient products end up paying for themselves with savings in water, chemicals, energy, and labor. They will also provide your guests with a clean and healthy swimming environment, which is vital to their health and safety. Traditional methods of pool cleaning can miss small debris particles, especially in deeper areas of the pool. It’s also difficult for poolside and manual vacuums to reach all parts of larger commercial pools. Automatic pool cleaners can easily reach all areas of your commercial pool, including the walls and waterline.

Choosing the Right Automatic Pool Cleaner for Your Commercial Swimming Pool
Aqua Products’ automatic pool cleaners feature a 2-micron filer bag that collects dirt and debris you can’t see with the naked eye. A micron is a measurement for microscopic objects and organisms. With a 2-micron filter, an automatic pool cleaner picks up pollen, algae, sand, and dust – things your manual vacuum miss.

Manual pool vacuums require manual labor and rely on the pool’s filtration system, which uses an ineffective amount of water and electricity to clean the pool. However, an automatic pool cleaner requires very little labor and has its own filtering system that pulls water into the robot’s filter bag as it’s running. All this saves you a ton on energy costs and water usage.

Running an automatic pool cleaner will also save on chemical costs by circulating the chemicals already in the pool. Chlorine is a heavy chemical and will sink to the bottom if not regularly circulated. As the automatic cleaner filters the dirt and debris out of the pool, it also mixes the chemical-heavy water at the bottom of the pool with the chemically depleted water at the top. Regular water circulation allows a more accurate read when testing the chemicals in your pool, and is shown, in some cases, to reduce the amount of chemicals used.   Continue Reading about Automatic Pool Cleaners...

A Quick Look at Wibit Commercial Pool Offerings

December 1, 2017 - Recreonics

Now is the perfect time to start planning and budgeting to revitalize and add play value to your swimming pool or aquatic facility! Wibit inflatable play products transform any pool into a water adventure and are proven to increase visitor numbers. All inflatables from Wibit can be connected in any combination for multiple ways to play. The highly customizable nature of Wibit play products allows for engaging and endless exercise and play possibilities. Watch Wibit Inflatables in Action!   Continue Reading about Wibit Commercial Pool Offerings...

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