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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $898,184 in 2022 Grant Funding for
Swim Lesson Providers

$200,000 of funding made possible through Step Into Swim donation, total grant award is largest in USA Swimming Foundation history

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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $898,184 in 2022 Grant Funding for Swim Lesson Providers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that it has awarded $898,184 to learn to swim programs across the country through its 2022 grant program – the largest ever dollar amount awarded through its grant program for swim lesson providers. A gift of $200,000 from Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF) committed to safer swim education and drowning prevention, along with an additional $80,000 approved by the USA Swimming Foundation Board of Directors, helped bring youth learn to swim grant awards to the largest amount in USA Swimming foundation history.

The USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, vetted 184 youth grant applications through a competitive annual review process, selecting 102 programs across 29 states to receive $763,184 in funding as part of its 2022 grant program for swim lesson providers. These grants will support youth programs offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons, providing an estimated 19,870 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

A strong advocate of USA Swimming Foundation, Step Into Swim’s donation helps the Foundation continue to save lives and build champions. 

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“Learning to swim from a qualified instructor drastically reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88%. The more awareness we bring to the importance of swim instruction, the more lives we can save,” said three-time Olympic gold medalist and VP of Partnerships and Development for PHTA Rowdy Gaines. “Step Into Swim is proud to collaborate with an organization like the USA Swimming Foundation, whose efforts to support learn-to-swim programs is important, life-saving work.”

For the first time, the USA Swimming Foundation has also awarded grant funding to programs that focus on adult learn-to-swim efforts, granting $135,000 to 39 adult learn-to-swim programs across 22 states, providing an estimated 2,007 adults the opportunity to learn how to swim.  Earlier in 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) moved its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation, bringing all learn-to-swim fundraising efforts under the USA Swimming Foundation. U.S. Masters Swimming continues to own and administer adult learn-to-swim curriculum and certification for instructors, as well as provide resources to programs offering adult lessons throughout the United States. 

The following programs have been awarded 2022 USA Swimming Foundation grant funding: 

Youth Learn to Swim Programs

ProgramCityState
Andrson Swim School LLC CincinnatiOhio
Bangor Region YMCA    BangorMaine
Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas NacogdochesTexas
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence    LawrenceMassachusetts
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inc.    ChicagoIllinois
City of Aiken AikenSouth Carolina
City of Anoka AnokaMinnesota
City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks    BakersfieldCalifornia
City of Colusa    ColusaCalifornia
City of Englewood EnglewoodNew Jersey
City of Englewood, CO EnglewoodColorado
City of Folsom    FolsomCalifornia
City of Jersey City    Jersey CityNew Jersey
City of King King CityCalifornia
City of Marion MarionIllinois
City of Memphis MemphisTennessee
City of Myrtle Beach, SC Myrtle BeachSouth Carolina
City of Peoria    PeoriaArizona
City of Riverside RiversideCalifornia
City Swim Project BuffaloNew York
CLE Swimming, LLC    Olmsted FallsOhio
Clovis Unified School District ClovisCalifornia
College Hill Presbyterian Swim Ministry    CincinnatiOhio
Dad’s Club Aquatic Center /  Dad’s Club Swim Start    HoustonTexas
Evanston Swim School LLC EvanstonIllinois
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition    Fort WorthTexas
Grand Rapids Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center    Grand RapidsMichigan
Greater Holyoke YMCA HolyokeMassachusetts
Greater Peoria Family YMCA    PeoriaIllinois
Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership RichmondVirginia
Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics, Inc. HoustonTexas
Historic Cleveland Ave YMCA of Montgomery, AL (YMCA of Greater Montgomery)    MontgomeryAlabama
Inspirational Triathlon Racing International d/b/a i-tri    East HamptonNew York
Jewish Community Center–Indianapolis IndianapolisIndiana
Kenosha YMCA KenoshaWisconsin
Kraken Swim School    HubbardOhio
Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc    New HavenConnecticut
Madison Area YMCA    MadisonNew Jersey
Magnolia Independent School District  – Magnolia Aquatic Club    MagnoliaTexas
Merrimack Valley YMCA LawrenceMassachusetts
Metro Aquatics Boosters    TacomaWashington
Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges  LivingstonNew Jersey
Michigan City Piranha Swim    Michigan CityIndiana
Mundelein Swim School LLC MundeleinIllinois
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Systems MuskegonMichigan
Muskegon YMCA    MuskeonMichigan
Nashville Dolphins NashvilleTennessee
NILE SWIM CLUB OF YEADON    YeadonPennsylvania
North Dallas Aquatics Inc. FriscoTexas
North Suburban Young Men’s Christian Association NorthbrookIllinois
Northbrook Swim School LLC NorthbrookIllinois
Port Charlotte Pirates Swim Club, Inc.    MurdockFlorida
Raritan Valley YMCA, A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation    East BrunswickNew Jersey
Robbinsdale Community Education-District 281    PlymouthMinnesota
Rutherford Swim Association    RutherfordNew Jersey
Santa Fe Aquatics    Santa FeNew Mexico
Sensory Enhanced Aquatics    Kansas CityKansas
sharks swim club League CityTexas
Silver Bay YMCA    Silver BayNew York
South Sound Young Men’s Christian Association OlympiaWashington
Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC    TroyMichigan
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy/Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center    MilwaukeeWisconsin
Stamford Family YMCA    StamfordConnecticut
SwemKids International, Inc. AtlantaGeorgia
Swim Beyond LLC    AtlantaGeorgia
Swim Center at Westminster School    SimsburyConnecticut
Swim to the Top    TuscaloosaAlabama
SwimLabs Littleton    LittletonColorado
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.    TampaFlorida
TANKPROOF    PrairievilleLouisiana
The Gift of Swimming    Winter GardenFlorida
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Inc. WiltonConnecticut
The Salvation Army Rancho Palos VerdesCalifornia
The West Cook YMCA, Inc.   Oak ParkIllinois
Tillamook County Family YMCA    TillamookOregon
Trident Swim Foundation, Inc.    New YorkNew York
Tucson Jewish Community Center, Inc.    TucsonArizona
Upper Palmetto YMCA Rock HillSouth Carolina
Urban Swim Cleveland LLC Cleveland HeightsOhio
V3 Sports MinneapolisMinnesota
Valley of the Sun YMCA PhoenixArizona
Woodland Hills Aquatic Team    PittsburghPennsylvania
YMCA of Boulder Valley LafayetteColorado
YMCA of Eastern Union County ElizabethNew Jersey
YMCA of Greater Dayton – Downtown Branch    DaytonOhio
YMCA of Greater Louisville    LouisvilleKentucky
YMCA of Greater Michiana    NilesMichigan
YMCA of Greater Omaha OmahaNebraska
YMCA of Greater Seattle    SeattleWashington
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County KingstonNew York
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago    ChicagoIllinois
YMCA of New Orleans Metropolitan MetairieLouisiana
YMCA of Prattville, Alabama, Inc. PrattvilleAlabama
YMCA of Snohomish County    EverettWashington
YMCA of South Collier    Marco IslandFlorida
YMCA of Southwest Washington    LongviewWashington
YMCA of the Greater Houston Area HoustonTexas
YMCA of the North MinneapolisMinnesota
YMCA of the North Shore, Inc. BeverlyMassachusetts
YMCA, Boston AttleboroMassachusetts
YWCA Evanston/North Shore    EvanstonIllinois
YWCO of Athens, GA, Inc. AthensGeorgia

Adult Learn to Swim Programs

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ProgramCityState
Bangor Region YMCABangorMaine
Central Adult Learn-to-Swim, Inc.Louisville  Kentucky
City of Englewood Recreation DepartmentEnglewood  New Jersey
City of Rockport – Community PoolRockport  Texas
Evolutionary Aquatics, LLCCharlotte  North Carolina
Find Your Fins, IncTucson  Arizona
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention CoalitionFort Worth  Texas
Friends of + POOL, Inc.New YorkNew York
Greenville SplashMauldinSouth Carolina
Groton RecreationGrotonNew York
Jewish Community Center of Greater BaltimoreOwings Mills  Maryland
Marin Aquatic MastersNovato  California
Miracle Swimming School for Adults, LLCSarasotaFlorida
Montgomery County RecreationWheatonMaryland
Moscow Chinook Masters- Adult Learn to SwimMoscow  Idaho
Mt. Pleasant AquaticsMt. Pleasant  Utah
Muskegon Young Men’s Christian AssociationMuskegon  Michigan
Muslimahs Endure, IncAtlanta  Georgia
Phoenix Swim ClubParadise ValleyArizona
Piedmont Family YMCACharlottesville  Virginia
Raritan Valley YMCAEast BrunswickNew Jersey
Rhythm and Stroke LLCCleveland  Ohio
Rockland County YMCANyackNew York
S3 Swim DBA Specialty Aquatic Programs LLCTroy  Michigan
Sensory Enhanced AquaticsKansas CityKansas
Sigma SwimmingFort WorthTexas
SilverPeak PerformanceSunland  California
Swim Fit AlaskaFairbanksAlaska
SwimBox Community FoundationSpringfield  Virginia
Swimming with Alaska MastersAnchorageAlaska
Team New York Aquatics, Inc.New YorkNew York
The Salvation Army Western Territorial HeadquartersRancho Palos VerdesCalifornia
Valley of the Sun YMCAPhoenix  Arizona
West Suburban YMCANewtonMassachusetts
YMCA of Greater CincinnatiCincinnati  Ohio
YMCA of Greater HoustonHouston  Texas
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster CountyKingstonNew York
YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Inc.Boca Raton  Florida
Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO)AthensGeorgia
Zionsville Aquatic Center/Zionsville Com SchoolsZionsvilleIndiana

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation, including how to find a learn-to-swim program in your area and grant opportunities, please visit www.usaswimming.org/foundation.

Since its inception, the Step Into Swim program has provided nearly 300,000 children with free swimming lessons. To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.stepintoswim.org.

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About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events, and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition, including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: build the base; promote the sport; achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

Contact: Jessica Delos Reyes (719-439-8707/ jdelosreyes@usaswimming.org)  

About USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions. Whether we’re equipping our children and adults with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, across the country. Learn more at www.usaswimming.org/foundation.

Contact: Jessica Delos Reyes (719-439-8707/ jdelosreyes@usaswimming.org

About Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 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 www.phta.org.

Contact: Janay Rickwalder (703-357-3918) / jrickwalder@phta.org)

About Step Into Swim

Step Into SwimTM is an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and its foundation committed to safe swim education and drowning prevention. By investing in the next generation of swimmers through learn-to-swim programming, the Step Into Swim initiative instills confidence, empowers long-term participation in water activities, touts the positive benefits of water play, and advocates for safe practices. Since its inception in 2012, Step Into Swim has played a role in reducing drowning fatalities and has gifted swim lessons to more than 285,000 children with support from community organizations, partners, industry advocates, members and more. For more information, visit www.stepintoswim.org.

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Marianne Trusty is a Press Correspondent for the pool & spa industry. A published author and social media influencer reaching over 20 million people around the world each day. Contact Marianne about publishing op-editorials, breaking pool news and press releases at mtrusty@poolmagazine.com.

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PHTA Now Accepting Nominations for $5,000 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant

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Annual grant recognizes those who advance recreational water safety

(Alexandria, Va.) — The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant. Nominations are due by Friday, August 12.

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Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and the Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC), this $5,000 grant honors a public health official or department who has made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s health and safe use of recreational water in pools, spas, and waterparks through educational, safety, operational, and technical programs.

Dr. Lowry was a well-known educator and consultant to the pool and spa industry in the United States and Canada. He had a global impact while serving on the RWQC, was a member of the Hot Tub Council of Canada, established Lowry & Associates in 1985, and was the original author of Pool & Spa Chemistry: A Testing & Treatment Guide. As chief educator and owner of the Lowry School of Pool & Spa Chemistry, he certified thousands of pool water technicians. His passion for health and safety will always be remembered by those who knew him.

To be considered for the Lowry Grant, the public health official or department must describe their planned or proposed program, the service provided and how it benefits public health and safety, the impact of the expected results, and how the grant funds will be used.

For the first time, the winner will be honored at the World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), presented by PHTA, taking place in Houston, TX, on October 12-14, 2022.

“The core purpose of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is to promote safe and healthy pool and hot tub environments for people to share enjoyable aquatic experiences,” says Genevieve Lynn, PHTA Director of Standards and Technical Services. “The Lowry Grant shines a much-needed spotlight on the individuals and organizations who are committed to recreational water safety. Without their hard work and dedication, the pools and waterparks they serve would not be the same. The positive impact this grant has had on communities around the country honors the memory of Dr. Lowry.”

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Past winners of the Lowry Grant include: City of North Richland Hills, 2021; Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, 2019; Arizona Department of Health Services, 2018; Quechan Parks & Recreation, 2017; Riverside County California Department of Health, 2016; Columbus Public Health, 2015; Middlesex-London Health Unit of London, Ontario, 2014; Brevard County Environmental Health Services Department, 2013; Sacramento County Environmental Management Department, 2012; Alexandria Health Department, 2011; City of Houston, 2010; and City of Plano, 2009. 

For more information about the Lowry Grant and to submit a nomination form, visit https://www.phta.org/membership/promote-your-business/phta-awards-of-excellence/dr-r-neil-lowry-grant/.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with more than 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 www.phta.orgAbout PHTA’s Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC)
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance’s RWQC develops and maintains verifiable science-based information regarding sanitization technology and chemical products, for use in pools, spas and hot tubs. The committee also helps develop the chemical and sanitation sections for American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved PHTA standards, including the ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 American National Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas. For a current listing of Committee members or more information, email Genevieve Lynn, Director of Standards and Technical Services, at standards@phta.org.

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CamerEye Introduces Smarter Pool Construction Monitoring and Management System

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CamerEye Construction Monitoring System

First complete AI-Camera Pool Safety System that goes from pool construction, inspection to continuous pool safety

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 21, 2022 – CamerEye™ introduces smarter pool construction monitoring and management with the most complete AI-video camera pool safety system and builder portal specially built for the pool industry.  CamerEye transitions from the start of pool build, through construction and alarm inspection to providing ongoing pool safety for homeowners after the job is done. 

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CamerEye’s builder portal (http://www.camereye.ai/construction-monitoring) is designed for pool builders who want streamlined job oversight and project management. The smart AI-video camera system and portal allows pool builders to monitor all job sites and construction progress from start to end.

Optimizing Efficiency and Safety with One Intuitive System

CamerEye provides real-time video, analytics, and recorded time-lapse video of construction progress, personnel activity, equipment security, and photo/video documentation, improving safety and quality control while reducing effort and expenses.

Live Video Monitoring 24/7 provides insight into multiple jobs at all times. Remote oversight capabilities help with quality assessment, to minimize supervisor visits to job sites, and allow easy monitoring of crews, subcontractors, and supplies.

Time-Lapse Video and Photo Documentation records and tracks each stage of construction from excavation to shotcrete to pool opening. Recordings and downloadable videos improve accountability, and job site material and equipment security, reducing risk of liability and litigation.  

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Unlike motion-based traditional monitoring cameras and outdated pool alarms, 

CamerEye is the only complete AI camera-based safety system that uniquely offers human and pet-only detection and alerts, notifying when personnel are on the jobs, construction is in progress, and if children and pets are near the pool perimeter, all while reducing false alerts of other moving objects. 

For optimal pool safety inspections, CamerEye is the first and only camera-based pool alarm that meets ASTM F2208-08 pool safety standards. It complies with pool barrier laws in 33 states and replaces door alarms, floating pool alarms, and in-pool splash alarms.

Once a project is complete, builders can pass on the already-installed camera system in just one click to homeowners. The advanced pool safety and security system provides 24/7 monitoring, detecting and alerting for humans and pets in and around the water, and provides the fastest distress detection with AI cameras, safeguarding pool areas for their ongoing peace of mind.

“We designed CamerEye from the ground up for the pool industry to monitor, detect, and alert for what matters the most, both on the job site and for homeowners’ pool safety after the job is done, “ says Sai Reddy, CEO and founder of CamerEye. “The system adds an important extra layer of safety that goes beyond construction and inspection without compromising standards, budgets or bottom lines.”

Learn more at http://www.camereye.ai/construction-monitoring.  For a free demo and special builder packages, contact CamerEye at (800) 906-2810, or email info@camereye.ai.  CamerEye is also seeking pool builders and service affiliates and dealers for all territories; visit https://camereye.ai/dealers/ for details.

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ABOUT CAMEREYE:

CamerEye’s mission is to make the world a safer place and help save lives by reinventing swimming pool and backyard safety using sophisticated, advanced technology and artificial intelligence detection solutions that provide peace of mind and help to reduce risk. The San Diego, CA-based company exists to continually reinvent and refine safety using technology and artificial intelligence and take safety to a deeper level. 

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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code to Become Law in Maryland

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Compliance

The code will strengthen pool and spa safety and efficiency statewide

(Annapolis, MD) – Governor Larry Hogan announced that House Bill 303 will become law in Maryland and greatly advance swimming pool and spa safety and efficiency throughout the state. House Bill 303, sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senator Cory McCray (District 45, Baltimore City), will require Maryland to use the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) as the new minimum standard, effective December 31, 2023, for building swimming pools and spas.  

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The adoption of the ISPSC enhances the safety and efficiency of pools and spas by applying a consistent, uniform construction and safety code that is based on proven best practices for drowning prevention and energy efficiency. The ISPSC is currently used in over 30 states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey. 

“On behalf of the industry and a diverse coalition of supporters, we applaud the General Assembly and Governor Hogan for passing and enacting HB 303,” said Justin Wiley, PHTA Vice President of Government Relations, Standards and Codes. “This safety-focused law takes a significant step toward modernizing Maryland’s building codes and standards for swimming pools and spas.” 

House Bill 303 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Delegates and the Senate. The bill was supported by the International Code Council, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and a coalition of businesses, regulators, first responders and safety professionals, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Building Officials Association, the Maryland Fire Marshal Committee, the Maryland State Firefighter’s Association and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. 

“This adoption ensures a safe and comprehensive code for the design and construction of swimming pools in Maryland,” said Frank Quillen, President of the Maryland Building Officials Association. “The ISPSC coordinates with the other building safety codes adopted in Maryland to create a consistent regulatory framework for both building safety professionals and for builders.” 

The legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt the ISPSC as a baseline code for the state and allows for local jurisdictions to enforce and amend the code as necessary. More importantly, the ISPSC correlates with local laws and regulations that are already established.  

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“The adoption, implementation and enforcement of modern codes and standards play an important role in keeping communities safe, resilient and affordable” said Gabe Maser, Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations. “The Code Council commends Maryland for the adoption of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code and their efforts to ensure the state is using the most up-to-date safety and efficiency standards.”  

The signing and implementation of House Bill 303 will afford all jurisdictions access to grants for training on the ISPSC under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA). The VGBA is a United States law named after Virginia Graeme Baker, who died after sustaining a pool suction-drain injury in June 2002. It is incorporated as Title 14 of the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA Title 14, Pub.L. 110-140). This act became enforceable law on December 19, 2008. 

The incorporation of the ISPSC in Maryland will follow the same process the state already uses for most building codes in practice, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC) which are enforced and amended by the counties. 

“The PHTA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is happy to see that Governor Hogan is allowing the ISPSC to become law. This will help to improve safety around public and private pools and spas across the great state of Maryland,” said Brian St. Clair, President of the PHTA Mid-Atlantic chapter. “The public can find comfort in knowing that the ISPSC will hold companies to the highest safety standards, helping to reduce drownings, ER visits, and accidents around pools. It will also help to consolidate code compliance for new construction and renovations of pools and spas, helping to streamline the building process for local companies. Thank you, Governor Hogan, for helping to keep Marylanders safe while enjoying the pools and spas across this wonderful state!” 

You can view the 2021 ISPSC Digital Code here. 

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