THE VIRGINIA GRAEME BAKER POOL AND SPA SAFETY ACT

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, passed by Congress last year, represents an important step to ensure pool and spa safety. The law specifies that it is to be interpreted and enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

IAAPA and the World Waterpark Association (WWA) are working in collaboration on these important issues. We are having discussions with Congress and regulators to clarify waterpark attractions issues and hopefully find solutions. If you have not become familiar with the law, please review this whitepaper

We know waterparks want to comply with the law, but there are challenges in doing so: large grates are not commercially available, small compliant grates are domed and could be tripping hazards in interactive pools, and testing requirements are not applicable in some venues.

We also understand waterparks already employ many anti-entrapment features including gravity drains, multiple drains, and low flow rates through drains. The risk of entrapment has been addressed with these features.

To help our members comply with this legislation, we have provided several resources below. The PowerPoints and e-mail updates offer valuable information for your facility.

We will keep you informed of the progress of our discussions. Should you have any questions, please contact gr@IAAPA.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Working 365 days a year, we are committed to connecting you to the suppliers and resources you need to help create new revenue opportunities. Here is a list of our upcoming events:

  • Euro Attractions Show: The meeting place for Europe's amusement and attractions industry. No other trade show in Europe offers such a comprehensive range of product categories, renowned keynote and educational sessions, and networking opportunities. October 9-11, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
  • IAAPA Attractions Expo: Join us as we head to Orlando, FL for your all-access pass to the global attractions marketplace, November 12-16, 2012.
  • Asian Attractions Expo: The one-stop event in Asia for the leisure and attractions industry and will take place at Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, June 4-7, 2013.


INFORMATION FOR RESORTS, HOTELS, AND CASINOS

Funworld is filled with information for our Resort, Hotel, and Casino members. Here are a few recent articles that may be of interest to you:

  • Mimicking Mother Nature: Learn how one company is determined to bring a sustainable energy solution to U.S. swimming pools, without chemicals.
  • Spreading the Word: Influential customers are your best marketers - take control over what people are saying about your facility.
  • Celebration Vacations: How can you tap into the growing trend of vacations to commemorate life events?

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