2018 State of Aquatics Broadcast

Every year, several organizations gather their aquatic staff to collectively watch the State of Aquatics broadcast from the USA Where you one of them?

Redwoods had more than 1,000 attendees on the line this year. If you'd like to learn more about the trends that they identified from their aquatic investigations this year, a recording of the broadcast is available below.

Well worth the time to watch..........

2018 State of Aquatics Broadcast

Our 2018 State of Aquatics broadcast was meant to serve as a call to action. We have had 10 aquatic events at customers' pools since Memorial Day. Watch our broadcast below to learn more about the 3 trends we have identified so far this year. You will also see security footage of actual drownings. Our panelists this year were Michael Oostman, Aquatic Safety Consulting, Inc. and Tonya Roy, The Redwoods Group.

Six Poolview install June coming to a Close

 Rounding of June with a New Build Poolview Plus+ installation

Rounding of June with a New Build Poolview Plus+ installation

As June draws to a close, we can reflect back on one of our busiest months in the history of Poolview Limited.

Starting the month in Scotland, moving down to Norfolk and then across to London, today sees the completion of a Poolview Plus+ new build project in the heart of the UK's capital city.

Finding ourselves a few days ahead of schedule, our first fix team will move across to another London site this evening to begin the sixth new site of the month, preparing the ground for the second fix and subsequent commissioning teams and another Poolview Plus+ installation.

Poolview Limited, developing "Blended Lifeguarding" across the UK and beyond!

#thisisnotagame #blendedlifeguarding #partnershipworking #supportinglifeguards

Poolview Ltd and SwimEye Business Partners

 Robin McGloughlin - Poolview Business Director & Tor Petter Johansen - CEO SwimEye

Robin McGloughlin - Poolview Business Director & Tor Petter Johansen - CEO SwimEye

Our Business Partners SwimEye visited the UK in late May and their CEO Tor Petter Johansen wrote this article for their company website - exciting times and kind words indeed from him. The strength of our partnership has been key to the product development and this is now certainly producing strong results of which we are all very proud!

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2018 has been a great year for SwimEye.  Sales figures have recently broken all previous records. Much of this is attributed to the partnership between SwimEye and their United Kingdom (UK) partner, Poolview Ltd.  

SwimEye Scan is a customized version of SwimEye, developed in collaboration with Poolview’s original system architecture. It has been specifically developed for the UK market and a product called Poolview Plus+.

The result is a small screen lifeguard interface that provides underwater vision, object detection, alerts and advanced features, directly poolside to lifeguards.  It can also be fixed to any existing lifeguard tower, chair or podium.

Blending digital technology with traditional lifeguarding

Poolview Plus+ embraces a concept that Poolview has entitled “Blended Lifeguarding”.

“With Blended Lifeguarding, we offer digital technology to pool lifeguards, in a way that perfectly complements traditional lifeguarding methods,” says Robin McGloughlin – Poolview, Business Director.

“After first launching Poolview Plus+ in 2017, the market feedback has been very positive. Our order book takes us to April 2019,” continued Robin.  “Although we are busy, the most important thing for Poolview is maintaining outstanding client relationships and delivering quality after-sales service,” he concludes.

SwimEye and Poolview positive about further growth

SwimEye has been focused on the UK market for several years now and Tor Petter Johansen – SwimEye, Chief Executive Officer, could not be happier with recent results.

“We have been visiting the UK for some time. It is a large market and very important to us, given the close proximity to our home in Norway. Recent sales growth has been excellent and we are very positive about the future of the UK market,” he said.

“Much of this is to be credited to our strong partnership relationship with Poolview and the development of SwimEye Scan for their Poolview Plus+ product,” he said.

“The development of Poolview Plus+ demonstrates that Poolview really understands the swimming pool sector. They also have a great business sense and a ‘nose’ for finding new opportunities. The installation of Poolview Plus+ into the UK hotel sector, is one excellent example of their capabilities,”says Tor.

“SwimEye is both excited and humbled to partner with Poolview. Poolview has an excellent understanding of SwimEye and our ability to customize the SwimEye technology to suit different security applications,” concludes Tor.

Breaking previous sales records

SwimEye expects to install 40+ new SwimEye Scan systems (in conjunction with Poolview) by the end of 2018. This is an average of one new project completed every week, for the rest of the year.

Since launching the product with Poolview, feedback has been excellent.  Many customers have now successfully tested and adopted the technology. For customers with multiple aquatic facilities, they are now confidently ordering additional systems in order to improve the security and safety of their wider portfolio.

SwimEye expects to double sales of SwimEye Scan again in 2019, adjusting sales projections to 300 SwimEye installations in the UK by 2021.  During the same year, SwimEye expects to exceed a total of 500 installations – a target milestone for the company.

Poolview Plus+ back in London

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Great to be back in Central London for the first of our four Poolview Plus+ Installations in June, before moving out to Buckinghamshire in July.

Busy times ahead for our 1st and 2nd fix teams who will be playing "tag" around London over the next few weeks.

Poolview Plus+ - bringing "Blended Lifeguarding" to the UK's capital

#thisisnotagame #blendedlifeguarding #supportinglifeguards

 

Poolview in Scotland

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It may well be Bank Holiday Monday but no rest for our industrious install team as they arrive on site in Scotland for a few days of commissioning at this prestigious leisure facility.

No time to relax however as it is then down to London to start a 6 week block of Poolview Plus+ installations in the UK capital before we take a short break to re-group.

Poolview Limited - bringing technology and "Blended Lifeguarding" to swimming pools around the country.

#thisisnotagame #supportinglifeguards

 

Having a look at Poolview Plus+

 Tor Petter Johansen, Helen Dixon and Robin McGloughlin

Tor Petter Johansen, Helen Dixon and Robin McGloughlin

On the day our team were commissioning another Poolview Plus+ installation in the North East, Director Robin McGloughlin welcomed our Davo Business Partner MD, Tor Petter Johansen from Norway and Helen Meckiffe, Lifeguard Industry Expert to one of our early installations. 

Spending most of the day on site observing how "Blended Lifeguarding" works in practice, testing the system and discussing ways to keep the process of continuous improvement moving, it proved to be a very worthwhile and productive day!

Poolview Plus+ Technology for Lifeguards #thisisnotagame

Another Poolview Plus+ Commissioned

 Neil Cowdrey, Robin McGloughlin and Neil Blackaller at the Poolview Plus+ switch on

Neil Cowdrey, Robin McGloughlin and Neil Blackaller at the Poolview Plus+ switch on

On site on a Monday morning in the West Midlands (UK) handing over our latest Poolview Plus+ "Blended Lifeguarding" system.

Our Computer Vision Drowning Detection Technology is firmly aimed at being the Lifeguards "wing man" and best friend whilst on pool duty.

Our Technology #thisisnotagame #supportinglifeguards #partnershipworking

Two Poolview Plus+ Install Teams in the North East

 Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection System in the North East of England

Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection System in the North East of England

Two pools and two install teams providing "Blended Lifeguarding" in the North East of England this week, before we push north into Scotland next week.

Poolview Plus+ is our Computer Vision System for then Detection of Drowning Accidents and Incidents in Swimming Pools. Providing Lifeguards with much needed support in their difficult role.

With a further 12 Poolview Plus+ Systems to install (in this block) between now and September, Poolview Limited have become well established as the UK's leading provider of Drowning Detection Technology

Poolview Plus+ - To the Manor Bourne

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Robin McGloughlin, Emma, Chris Day, Paul Brown, Craig Valentine and Steven Grainger at Poolview Plus+ commissioning

We are delighted to announce that we have installed and commissioned our first Poolview Plus+ Computer Vision Drowning Detection System for Warner Leisure Hotels and Bourne Leisure Limited at their Cricket St Thomas hotel.

The scene of much of the famous TV comedy, To The Manor Born, Cricket St. Thomas was also frequently visited by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. This classic country house is set in splendid parkland, with colourful gardens, lakes, and a unique woodland area. The hotel provides extensive entertainment, including nightly live performances, and excellent dining venues, including The Granary which is set in a pretty walled garden.

Making swimming safer for Warner Leisure Hotels

 

 

North East England - Poolview Plus+ Install

 Robin McGloughlin, Andrew English and Wally Wallis

Robin McGloughlin, Andrew English and Wally Wallis

On site Monday night just after the last swimmer left the pool.

Andy and Wally, checking RAMS, install instructions and first fix routes before commencing the latest Poolview Plus+  computer vision system for the detection of possible drowning incidents in swimming pools.

All set for second fix team by Thursday and on to the next install.

Bringing Blended Lifeguarding to the fore!

 

Poolview Plus+ 1 Year On - 21 and Counting

 Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding 

Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding 

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Hard to believe that it has only been 12 months since we won the "Best Facility Innovation" award for our Poolview Plus+ Computer Vision system for the Detection of Drowning Incidents at Elevate the UK's largest fitness & physical activity trade show.

At the time of our Poolview Plus+launch last May we had not installed a single computer driven drowning detection system in the UK. Indeed it was not until December 2017 that our first project was completed in central London at a prestigious private members club who had the foresight to see the many benefits for their staff, members and brand.

In the past 12 months we have pushed, educated and encouraged our concept of Blended Lifeguarding, combining traditional methods of Lifeguarding and Technology to support Lifeguards in their role.

January saw a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in quick succession and this week we will be commissioning our ninth Poolview Plus+ installation of 2018.

Last week was one of those weeks you can only often dream about. Not only have we finalised plans for the installation of five Poolview Standard Systems, but also received an order for twelve Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection Systems to be commissioned before the end of September!

One top of that, we secured Poolview Plus+ in five new-build projects!It

Exciting and interesting times ahead I am sure as we focus our efforts on supporting Lifeguards and reducing the instances of near misses or drowning incidents in our swimming pools

If you missed our Poolview Plus+ video - here it is again

Poolview Plus+ and Water Clarity

Standing on the deck of your pool, looking down into it - looking across - you can see the lane lines, even the grout lines, water sparkling - crystal clear you think.

Perhaps not!

We arrive on site sometimes, drop a camera in to look across the the pool and the “fog” appears after lane 4.

If the camera can’t see - we can’t detect - simple

Sometimes the incredulous look from the Manager as he/she says “but my water readings are perfect, Free Chlorine is 1.5ppm (mg/l) my combined is 0.5 and my total 2.0 - how can that be?” 

Often at this stage the Manager can get quite defensive (as well as a little hurt)

I often thought that maintaining pool water was a little bit of a “black art”, it takes someone with a keen interest in water chemistry, a sound knowledge of the plant room and of course well trained.

It’s the sign of the times that so very few swimming pools have their own dedicated “plant man” much of the duties fall into the laps of the already over stretched Duty Managers who may only “tip a nod” to the pool and do the water tests as trained.

So it is not so surprising that there are not so many on site who are well informed about turbidity (how many sites have a turbidity meter?)

So to try and explain a little more about turbidity and WHY we sometimes can’t see through water, I asked the man who knows more about swimming pool water than anyone else I have ever met - my friend and  colleague Robin Mitchell from Pioneering Pool Solutions who had this to say:-

 Robin Mitchell and Robin McGloughlin

Robin Mitchell and Robin McGloughlin

Turbidity in swimming pools is the measure of relative clarity of the pool water. The more suspended solids in the water the cloudier it appears and thus the higher the turbidity.  In short, turbidity is a measure of how cloudy the water is?

To measure turbidity in a swimming pool we use a term called nephelometric turbidity units or in short NTU’s.  The upper limit for swimming pools is 0.5NTU.  PWTAG recommend testing for turbidity regularly, using a turbidity meter. 

Should a swimming pool suffer from clarity issues and you are not able to see clearly across the pool with the cameras, a turbidity test would certainly be advisable

Establishing the cause of poor clarity is not often straightforward as it can be one or a combination of a number of factors.

In my experience however the 3 most common causes are these:-

  • Not using a coagulant or inefficient use of coagulants

Continuous flocculation is a process of binding impurities in the swimming pool water into larger particles which are big enough to be trapped in the filtration system. 

To do this we use a coagulant called Polyaluminium (PAC). 

Not dosing PAC appropriately can lead to cloudy water.  

Too little or too much or not being dosed continuously or even being used by hand through the strainer basket as opposed to constant dosing from an appropriate sized dosing pump.

Check that your coagulant dosing system is working correctly and ensure that the coagulant is being dosed at a rate of 0.1ml/m3 of the pool circulation rate

This leads us nicely into a second cause which is often high on the list:-

  • Poor circulation

If the inlets and surface draw off are not performing to the optimum, the pool water will not receive enough treatment and therefore turbidity can increase.  Should the turnover period be too long, this can also affect the clarity as the pool water will not be filtered within the recommended time. Many operators “turn down” the speed of their pumps to save on energy costs which will compound this problem.

You need to ensure a working flow meter is present in the plant room.  Aim for a 2.5 hour turnover period for a standard 25m pool.  Conduct a dye test prior to opening a pool or after refurbishment works have been carried out - ideally a dye test should be conducted at least once every 5 years

The third cause is often this:-

  • Having a poor backwashing regime

If the backwashing rate is poor or the process is not effective the filter media may not be cleaned properly after the backwash is conducted.  

This can lead to cloudy pool water seeping into the pool and/or the filters being inefficient?

You need to ensure the backwash rate follows the manufacturer instructions.  Only backwash the pool at the end of the working day unless dealing with gross contamination

Backwashes should be carried out when the pressure differential’s indicates that the filter is dirty. Normally when there is a difference of 0.5 bar of pressure between the inlet and outlet pressure gauges. It is expected that filters will require a backwash at least once per week

There are as I said other causes of high turbidity and these I can summarise as this:-

  • Ineffective or insufficient disinfectant – Should the chlorine level in the pool be very low bacteria can accumulate and cause the water to appear cloudy.  Also if the pH is too high the chlorine will not work effectively and again bacteria can accumulate within the pool water.

Cure - Test the pool water to ensure chlorine and pH levels are within the PWTAG guidelines?  Rectify levels that are out with parameters.

  • Poor filtration – lack of filter media, mud balling, undulations and channeling in the sand/glass media can cause issues with clarity and turbidity.

Cure - The use of medium rate filtration should be encouraged, as per PWTAG Guidelines.  Annual filter inspections will allow issues to be established at an early opportunity and subsequently allow operators to take action to resolve filtration problems.

  • High organics and chloramines Swimming pools with high levels of urine pollution are susceptible to high organic chloramines which can promote poor water clarity.

Cure - Improve pre swim hygiene regime, use of showers and toilets.   Install Ultra Violet radiation.  Ensure dilution rates equate to 30litres per bather per day.

  • High TDS - If TDS levels are more than 1000mg/l above source water levels the pool water may suffer from poor clarity and a salty metallic taste

Cure - Check sulphate and chloride levels as per PWTAG guidance (recommended sulphate levels <360mg/l)?  Ensure dilution rates equate to 30litres per bather per day, normally achieved through regular backwashing

  • Excessive water hardnessSwimming pools in hard water areas can suffer from high levels of calcium and carbonates, this can lead to murky water. 

Cure - Test source water to establish Calcium and alkalinity levels.  Try not to raise calcium levels above 300mg/l and alkalinity levels above 150mg/l

Very useful information from Robin Mitchell whom you contact directly for a no obligation chat on +44 7540 295234 or email rmitchell@pioneeringpoolsolutions.co.uk

From this you can hopefully understand that the usefulness and the effectiveness of a Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection Systems is reliant on having excellent water clarity.

Having spoken with a few Ops Managers and General Managers over the past while who had suffered from clarity issues, they have all said roughly the same thing. It is about being proactive - thinking ahead before busy periods, turning up the PAC a notch or backwashing at the optimum time. Follow the PWTAG guidelines and most problems can be readily resolved.

Maybe it isn't rocket science?

Poolview Plus+ to be installed after pool was "future proofed"

 Poolview Plus+ on it's way!

Poolview Plus+ on it's way!

Five years ago at design stage we managed to convince the developers of this leisure centre to "future proof" their swimming pool, by simply installing a number of camera niches into the pool tank whilst it was being cast.

Three years later the pool was completed and we covered the niches with blanking plates.

A further two years have elapsed since the facility was first opened to the public.

Today we were delighted to be given the instruction to install Poolview Plus+ and are able to use the niches installed all those years ago.

A little foresight goes a long way as five years ago the Poolview Plus+ "Blended Lifeguarding" Drowning Detection System was a mere pipe dream.

Great forward thinking!

Bluefox ST1 makes a splash with Poolview

 Bluefox ST1

Bluefox ST1

Absolutely thrilled and delighted to have finally received our Bluefox ST1 Swimmer Safety Bands for tests in the field and of course to make a new promotional film

The BlueFox ST1 raises an alert before something serious occurs.

It recognises when a swimmer is in trouble and triggers the alarm before others around have even recognised that someone near them is fighting for survival.

BlueFox ST1 recognises the depth you are swimming in and measures the time you are spending below a certain depth. Once you exceed the preset duration it will release a balloon with a loud siren to the water surface. This noisy alarm will attract the attention of all present people.

A true high quality Swiss made feat of engineering.

On sale soon through our website  

Everyone Active & Poolview Plus+

 Everyone Active Safety &amp; Quality Managers -&nbsp;Tim Waller (Group)&nbsp;&nbsp;George Lampshire - (Regional)

Everyone Active Safety & Quality Managers - Tim Waller (Group)  George Lampshire - (Regional)

A great day on site today, handing over our fourth Everyone Active Poolview Plus+ install of January, delivering staff training in partnership with Tim Waller and George Lampshire.

Blended Lifeguarding - Technology controlled by Lifeguards - This is no Game

 #thisisnogame

Poolview Plus+ Automatic Drowning Detection in Sheffield

 Leah Taylor, Jade Charles, Jon West &amp; Robin McGloughlin

Leah Taylor, Jade Charles, Jon West & Robin McGloughlin

In January 2018 we were delighted to commission and handover Poolview Plus+ to Places for People Leisure - Staff and Management at a pool in Sheffield.

Poolview plus+ is our Computer Vision System for the Detection of Drowning Incidents and Accidents in Swimming Pools.

Working on the principle of "Blended Lifeguarding" the technique which combines the traditional methods of pool supervision, safety and rescue with technology driven drowning detection and prevention systems, thus creating a working practice which harmonises the best capabilities of each to produce a safer swimming environment for all.

Preparing and supporting Lifeguards for the inevitable!

Four Poolview Plus+ Installations in January

 Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

2018 -Starting off with a bang!

Today sees the start of a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in England.

With two teams working in parallel throughout the length and breadth of the country we will have everyone operational before the end of the month.

Poolview Plus+ - taking Blended Lifeguarding to a new level