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How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae – Rudy Stankowitz

30 year industry veteran Rudy Stankowitz writes experts guide to preventing swimming pool algae



Rudy Stankowitz - Industry Veteran writes book "How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae"

Rudy Stankowitz launches new book: “How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae”

Thirty-year pool industry veteran and water chemistry expert Rudy Stankowitz has launched an online certification class( on April 2, 2021, to accompany his recently released book ‘How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae.’

The educational publication utilizes real-world scenarios to which the reader can easily relate, which is in line with the teaching stylings for which Stankowitz is known. The book draws heavily from his experience maintaining residential and commercial swimming pools throughout his career.

Rudy Stankowitz, a 30 year pool industry veteran and water chemistry expert has written a new book – “How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae”

How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae debuts at #10 on Amazon Best Sellers List! -Consumer’s Guides

Incorporating much of Stankowitz’s field research, The How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae book is the only publication to offer an in-depth topic-specific course of study on swimming pool algae. Several myths are Busted! Previously unknown information on Black Algae, including species and new treatment methods, are within these pages. Wowza!

This handbook takes the reader through discerning algae myths, environmental factors, the role water chemistry plays, conditions types of algae prefer, the influence of filtration and circulation, characteristics of algae species, pairing algastats, and algaecides to phylum. This book is more than a text that simply exposes an individual to algae treatments – ‘How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae’ is written to provide a person with the tools and knowledge to become an Algae Prevention & Eradication Specialist.

How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algage - Rudy Stankowitz
How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algage – Rudy Stankowitz

“I’ve shared a ton of methods and hacks I have picked up along the way – Ancient Pool Pro Secrets.”– Rudy Stankowitz

“Getting the chance to reimagine education in the pool industry in creating a resource manual with a specialized focus and a training course to follow – nothing could be more exciting for me… This is, after all, more in line with the way people actually learn. I talk about things other than algae, but only how they play a role in either thwarting or remediating algae growth. It keeps us on a single topic, and that increases retention and elevates skillsets in a big way.” – Rudy Stankowitz

Rudy Stankowitz shares his industry expertise on how to successfully remove algae in his new book.

“If you include my field research and lab studies I’ve had conducted, this is a project that has been years in the making. The idea of bundling it all up into a comprehensive tutorial with accompanying text (available now) and a certification course (available April 2, 2021) is a dream come true. The pool industry has been very good to me – it’s nice to have a way to pay it forward. In this day and age, I don’t see why anyone should have to reinvent the wheel. I want to share what I’ve learned.” – Rudy Stankowitz

Stankowitz’s book ‘How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae’ is available Now on Amazon in both Paperback and eBook for worldwide distribution. The publication stands on its own and is a tremendous resource for both new pool care, Aquatics Professionals, Hotel & Apartment Maintenance, Waterpark Personnel, and seasoned Pool Pros. The book is excellent for new hire training as well! At a much lower price point than similar educational texts, Rudy is adamant that the book and upcoming program be affordable to all.

“Rudy, your field samples are very interesting – and rare. There is almost nothing published on the varieties of algae in pools… If you focus on black “algae,” you will be the first person in nearly 40 years to document it. That would be really, really cool.” – Dr. Roy D. Vore, Ph.D., Microbial physiologist, Senior Consultant, Vore & Associates, previously Technology Manager, BioLab inc.

Stankowitz’s How to Get Rid of Swimming Pool Algae book has been on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for 10 straight weeks and counting in the following categories:

  • Consumer Guides (Books)
  • Outdoor & Recreational Area Gardening
  • Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement (Books)

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About the Books Author:
Rudy Stankowitz is a thirty-year pool industry veteran, pool water chemistry expert, columnist, author, and CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants. His background includes retail pool supplies, pool equipment manufacturing, swimming pool service, and consulting. An award-winning instructor, Rudy has conducted training and technical seminars throughout North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia. A proud dad and grandfather, he now lives in Florida with his wife Joy and their two pups, Ghost and Tigger. When he is not poolside, Rudy enjoys traveling, photography, fishing, and scary movie night with his grandchildren (Scooby-Doo with the youngest ones).

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Call for CMAHC Technical Review Committee and Technical Support Committee Members – Applications Open Until Friday, March 31, 2023




Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Seeks Volunteers to Fill TRC and TSC positions for MAHC review process and 5th Edition voting cycle ahead of Vote on the Code 2024

Maricopa, Ariz. – The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) is seeking volunteers for its Technical Review Committee (TRC) and Technical Support Committees (TSC), as well as two individuals to serve as TRC Chair and Vice Chair. Filling these positions is a critical part of the Model Aquatic Health Code’s (MAHC) update and Change Request (CR) process, due to kick-off in April 2023.

About the Technical Review Committee and Technical Support Committees: The TRC is composed of 13 members, six of whom are from public health, two from academia, and five from various aquatics industry sectors. TRC volunteers are responsible for reviewing submitted CRs, including the technical and scientific data or other references submitted to support proposed changes. Additionally, the TRC is responsible for determining if a CR meets MAHC style and scope guidance, as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, click here.

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There are seven TSCs: Design & Construction; Disinfection & Water Quality; Injury Prevention, Risk Management, & Safety; Lifeguarding & Bather Supervision; Operation & Maintenance; Recirculation & Filtration; and Ventilation & Air Quality. The TSCs are formed with 16 volunteers responsible for key components in the CR review process and examining the technical merit of CRs, including existing technologies and methodologies, scientific information gaps, and outlining data needed to support MAHC revisions. For more information, click here.

How to Apply and Time Commitment: Only CMAHC members are eligible to serve on CMAHC committees. To apply to be a TRC or TSC committee member, click here. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 31. If you are not a current CMAHC member but would like to serve on the TRC or TSC committees, click here to learn more about joining CMAHC.

Anticipated time commitment across committees is approximately two and a half hours per month for meetings, and another two hours per month for independent review work. The scope of work would begin in late April or early May, with most work ending by November.

Plans for Vote on the Code 2024: The MAHC (4th Edition) review and CR process will kick-off in April 2023 and culminate with CMAHC membership voting for changes to be made to the 5th Edition at the Vote on the Code conference, scheduled to take place in February 2024. For more information and to stay updated on conference details, click here.


About CMAHC: The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) was created to manage updates to, and promote voluntary adoption of, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), the only all-inclusive national model pool code. The MAHC is kept sustainable, current, and complete because the people who use it also research, develop, discuss, and vote on proposed changes through membership in the CMAHC. The CMAHC submits proposed changes to CDC, advising how the MAHC needs to change to keep up with the latest science and best practices. Throughout the year, CMAHC staff educate local and state authorities, aquatic facility owners and operators, designers and builders, manufacturers, and suppliers about the MAHC and the potential it provides to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Learn more at

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Certified Pool & Spa Operator Certification Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary



(Alexandria, Va.) – The Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) certification program is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023. In the last five decades, more than 500,000 pool, spa, and hot tub industry professionals have earned this certification, awarded exclusively by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA).

CPO is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safer and keeping them open. It provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations. CPO certification satisfies state and local jurisdiction requirements for pool operator professionals.

The formal introduction of the CPO certification was a benchmark in the realization that those who operated and managed swimming pools needed some type of formal training to safeguard their patrons. In 1973 the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) took the first steps to develop a program, that could be taught by well qualified aquatic specialists, by introducing a text that covered the basic knowledge an operator might need.

PHTA would like to give a special thank you and tribute to the late Leif Zars, who provided the space and additional resources to NSPF (known as NSPI at the time) when the CPO program was first introduced in San Antonio, TX, in 1973. Zars was the chair of the national association’s drain cover standard writing committee when it drafted the first standard cited in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA) that was done with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).

By 1978, Zars established the first Instructor School Institute that was held in Dallas, TX, a move that would allow the CPO course to be offered nationally. Three of the 50 certified candidates (Bruce Carney, Fontaine C. Piper, and Phillip Reynolds) became members of the original Instructor Education Committee, and Piper and Reynolds are still part of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee to this day.

When NSPF and APSP merged into PHTA in 2019, CPO remained the most popular professional certification in the industry. To meet this high demand and ensure all CPO students receive the highest quality of instruction, PHTA offers the CPO Instructor Assessment School twice a year. Currently, there are more than 700 CPO instructors around the world who provide training in 122 different countries.

Over the years, the CPO certification course materials have been updated and expanded to keep pace with changes in technology and in knowledge. The most significant changes occurred in 2005 and again just recently in 2021 with the introduction of a significantly updated operator’s manual.

“The CPO program continues to be the gold standard by which state health departments develop and define their individual standards,” says Fontaine C. Piper, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of Truman State University and Chair of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee. “Without the original CPO certification program, the operational quality of aquatic facilities would not be as exceptional as it is today.”

“Congratulations to PHTA on the 50th anniversary of the CPO program!” says Zach Skinner, Chair of the CPO Advisory Council. “I took my first CPO certification course in 2000 and I continue to be amazed at the opportunities for lifelong learning within this community 23 years later. Serving as the Chair of the CPO Advisory Council has made it even more evident how CPO certification provides structure and framework to assist swimming pool operators and improves safety for guests. I look forward to continued program growth and expansion in years to come.”

“I have that honor of being able to help new CPOs in their journey to service their customers and to help new instructors formulate their own unique style to teach the CPO course,” says Wayne Ivusich, Vice Chair of the CPO Advisory Council and member of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee. “After 31 years in the industry, I’ve seen and experienced an incredible wave of needed education and am happy to be a small part of that wave. Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the CPO program, and here’s to 50 more!”

The 50th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, culminating in the 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration at the 2023 World Aquatic Health Conference, November 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information, please contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.


About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit

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BioGuard Taps Rullo for Sales



Amy Rullo with BioGuard

BioLab, the maker of BioGuard water treatment products is pleased to announce that it has hired Amy Rullo as the District Sales Manager for New York, as well as parts of Northern New Jersey & Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Amy brings almost 20 years of Pool Service, Retail, Construction, Renovation and Office Management experience to the team.  Her family has spent over 80 years in the Pool Industry from owning swim clubs to service companies and retail locations.  A few of her most recent accomplishments are being the Immediate Past President of the Penn Jersey Pool and Spa Association as well the Past President of the Northeast Spa & Pools Association (NESPA).  She is also the current Co-Chair of the Education Committee for NESPA and a part of the original founding group of Women In The Industry (WITI) for the Penn Jersey Chapter.  Amy is passionate about education and loves to volunteer, mentor and support pool professionals as they maneuver their way through the industry. Amy can be reached at [email protected] or by calling (610) 791-8955

BioGuard’s hiring of Rullo coincides with the company’s year-long celebration of the brand’s 60th anniversary.  BioGuard is known for creating a three-step system of chemicals to keep water clean and clear. It also pioneered computerized water testing for pools and spas.  Established in 1963, the BioGuard product line has expanded to include a full chemical line for spas (SpaGuard®) with a large independent dealer base in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Ted Lawrence, Vice President of Sales, noted, “I am excited to be leading our sales team through such a milestone year, as we honor the BioGuard brand’s storied history and take it to the next level.”

About BioGuard/ BioLab/ KIK Consumer Products

Based in Lawrenceville, GA., BioLab, Inc, the Pool Division of KIK Consumer Products Company, has been supplying water treatment products for recreational applications on a global basis for over 60 years including their signature lines of BioGuard & SpaGuard pool and spa chemicals.  Additional information about BioGuard can be found at

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