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The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Marth Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Martha are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of PoolMarketing.com, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email info@poolmagazine.com or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to submissions@poolmagazine.com

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Glacier Pool Coolers Supplies Pool Chiller for Olympic Games

Arizona-based company will outfit unique model for U.S. Team in Japan

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Glacier Pool Coolers - Olympics in Tokyo

PHOENIX– This year’s Summer Olympics is set to return on July 23 in Japan. Thousands of athletes are gathering from around the world in a display of sporting brilliance. Turning the attention to the swimming events, an Arizona-based company, Glacier Pool Coolers was chosen by the U.S. team as their pool chiller for this year’s scorching hot games.

Glacier Pool Coolers’ GPC280 Model Series Pool Cooling System is being used in the U.S. National Team’s 50-meter private pool facility where the Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic swim teams practice between events. 

A pool cooling system is essential for swim competitions in warm weather– particularly in a humid climate like Japan. Pools that are too warm requires more effort from the athlete to swim in due to excess sweating. Keeping the pool at an optimal temperature allows for peak performance and training. The Glacier Pool Coolers’ pool chiller has brought the water temperature from 86 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees Fahrenheit at the training facility.

“U.S. Olympians are competing in an intense, hot climate this year,” said Rick Argovitz, president of Glacier Pool Coolers. “Our GPC280 Model Series Pool Cooling System will give swimmers a relief from the heat and deliver an optimal training environment in the water.”

Typically, heat pump chillers are used to maintain or regulate water temperature. However, these come with substantial running costs and energy demands. The GPC280 Model Series Pool Cooling System uses no Freon, heat exchange or gas, but rather an electric fan. Since the U.S. Olympic Committee will be using a pool chilling system that uses an electric fan, it will reduce the cost of running and operating the pool during the event. 

Glacier Pool Coolers is a Texas born company that created a product line after testing equipment on pools during hot, humid and muggy Houston summers. The company used this knowledge to cool water in pools, fish hatcheries, sea life exhibits, hydro farms and stacked lakes globally. Now based in Scottsdale, Glacier Pool Coolers serves the Valley with pool-cooling needs.

For more information visit www.glacierpoolcoolers.com

About Glacier Pool Coolers

While currently located in Scottsdale, AZ, Glacier Pool Coolers is a Texas-born company. All research and development were carried out in Texas, with continued testing conducted in all climates from the desert southwest, to the Florida Keys. It allowed the company to produce pool chilling systems that were designed for some of the hottest and muggiest climates in the world. The business was spawned in 2004 and has gone on to develop numerous pool chilling systems for both commercial and residential clients all over the globe. For more information visit glacierpoolcoolers.com or like them on Facebook at @Glacierpoolcoolers.

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PHTA Launches Maintenance & Apprenticeship Program

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POOL & HOT TUB ALLIANCE LAUNCH POOL MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

(Alexandria, Va.) –Today, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) launched the Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program to help build a more skilled and diverse workforce, expand the workforce of service professionals in the aquatics industry. As a registered apprenticeship program, this program has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides employers access to larger talent pools. 

Free to PHTA members, the program will help close the skills gap in the pool and tub industry by allowing individuals to earn wages while receiving hands-on training to successfully fill the need for skilled service technician and maintenance professionals.

“Now more than ever, the pool industry is seeking a workforce to keep up with the demand of our products and services,” said PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. “The PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program will expand opportunities to reskill displaced workers, upskill incumbent workers and develop new entrants to the workforce.”

“We are excited to offer our industry the opportunity to develop a skilled and educated workforce, through our apprenticeship program,” said PHTA Chairman of the Board Franceen Gonzales. “In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, we will deliver a program that exceeds our members expectations and creates a new funnel of talented and trained employees.”

The PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program will leverage PHTA’s signature educational programming, aligned to its ANSI Standards and certifications, to cultivate pool service professionals who will be equipped to service and maintain aquatic environments. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will be eligible to take the exam for the PHTA certifications. 

For more information and resources on the PHTA Apprenticeship program, visit apprenticeship.phta.org.

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About the 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.

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PHTA Announces New Strategic Partner: Hayward

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PHTA Announces Strategic Partnership With Hayward

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is excited to announce its newest Strategic Partner, Hayward. The PHTA Strategic Partnership Program creates special opportunities for companies that promote the association’s initiatives, including education, advocacy, and market outreach.

Hayward has been helping pool owners enjoy the pleasures of pool ownership by manufacturing cutting edge, technologically advanced pool equipment worldwide. Hayward’s products include a complete line of pumps, filters, heaters, heat pumps, automatic pool cleaners, lighting, controls, and salt chlorine generators, all engineered to keep both residential and commercial pools at their best.

“We are looking forward to working more closely with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and expanding our relationship as a Strategic Partner,” says Albert Miller, Vice President Sales at Hayward. “We share a passion for the industry and believe working together we can make a positive impact for PHTA members and our customers.”

As part of the Strategic Partnership Program, PHTA will recognize Hayward’s commitment to the pool and hot tub industry by helping them maximize brand visibility, connect with thousands of engaged industry professionals, and unlock valuable opportunities. 

“We are thrilled to add Hayward to our distinguished list of Strategic Partners,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. “Hayward has everything we look for in a partner: quality products that can benefit our members, an understanding of the importance of continuing education, and a finger on the pulse of industry trends. I really look forward to what we will be able to accomplish together.”

For more information about the Strategic Partnership Program, please contact Sheri Jackson, PHTA Senior Director of Business Development, at sjackson@phta.org or 703-838-0083 ext. 157.

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About the 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.

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