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Above-ground pools
under pressure
One in every five backyard
drownings in Queensland,
institute students in 2008. They Australia involves a toddler in a
become Certified Technicians wading pool or occurs in an
and are entitled to place the inadequately fenced above-
letters “TnISPE(Cert.)” after ground pool. Authorities fear
their names. They are: Steve safety is being overlooked amid
Archer, Steve Boniface, Nicola the excitement of getting an
Daste, Chris Freeman, Jason “instant” pool in the back yard.
Hicking, Naomi Hulme Pool retailers have been
Samantha Lindsay, Robin criticised for marketing “portable”
Simpson, Malcolm Stovoid, Paul and “inflatable” above-ground
Swift, Daniel Taylor. pools with catalogue photographs
The Gartside Cup, for the that show no fencing. Advertising
Student of the Year, is presented carries encouragements that some
Delegates at the ISPE seminar
to the student that achieved the pools can be inflated and filled in
highest overall marks in the just hours and the buyer could be
examinations. This award will be swimming in their back yard in
Around 50 delegates attended one, by saying something presented at a later date. “less than a day”.
the latest Institute of Swimming misleading or completely Chris Carr was presented with
Pool Engineer’s seminar. The untrue, Stephen Crabb the Jim Johnson Filtration Shield
morning session featured Cyril stepped in to put John and Ben awarded for the best filtration VAT bill will take away
Potter from Ardex, of Haverhill, straight, by advising them and examination paper, Technical facilities
Suffolk, talking about the latest the delegates of the correct Paper or presentation on the Swimming facilities in Suffolk
developments in adhesives and procedure to follow. subject of filtration. could be hit if a charitable trust
grouts for fixing tiles and ISPE President, John Scott, ISPE President John Scott loses a battle over a backdated
mosaics in swimming pools. gave the second of three said: ”The winner this year is £60,000 VAT bill. South Suffolk
Ben Studdy, John Asher, and presentations on the subject of someone well known to most Leisure which operates Sudbury’s
Stephen Crabb, presented an heat losses, from the surface of of you. He has given numerous Kingfisher and Hadleigh swimming
informal, unscripted play a swimming pool, and Chris presentations for the Institute pools, faces an anxious wait to see
where John Asher played an Carr, rounded off the day with a both at Seminars and at if it will be handed the bill. The
unscrupulous salesman trying look at the correct way to size SPATEX over the years. In the trust is one of many across the
every trick in the book to sell pool pipework. last 18 months or so he has country that has joined forces to
the customer (played by Ben The institute celebrates its devised and presented the fight attempts by HM Revenue
Studdy) a spa. Each time the 30th anniversary in December. hugely successful ISPE and Customs to claim extra VAT
salesman tried to pull a fast There were 11 successful Filtration Workshop.“ on membership packages.
The problems began after
HMRC announced plans to
apply VAT to inclusive
It’s official – swimming
academic years the membership packages offered
percentage of schools linking by sports and leisure trusts over
is key sport in schools
to swimming clubs has the past three years.
increased from 26% in
2003/2004 to 45% in
Swimming is a key sport in has found that 85% of schools 2007/2008. Fencing laws get
schools according to figures are providing swimming lessons Double Olympic Gold tougher in US
released by the Department – making swimming the seventh Medallist Rebecca Adlington Several US States are about to
for Culture, Media and Sport. most popular activity, ahead of said: “I would like to impose legislation that fencing
The 2007/08 School Sports netball, hockey and rugby union. congratulate all those must be constructed around
Survey published last month And over the past five responsible for getting even private swimming pools. All
more young people private swimming pools at least
participating in school sport. two feet deep would need to
“We all know just how have a four-foot high fence built
important sport is for the around them before May of next
development of young people, year or face penalties. It also
not just in terms of creating our applies to outdoor hot tubs and
future Olympians and spas. Developed by the
Paralympians but for its ability International Code Council, the
to raise their confidence, self- regulations are a model building
esteem and improve the future standard that includes a section
health of the nation.” mandating all private swimming
The survey confirms that the pools with more than two feet of
government has smashed its water must be surrounded by at
target to have 85% of children least a four-foot-high fence with a
doing at least two-hours of PE self-latching gate.
or sport a week.
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