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December 2014 Edition
Focus Topic: Year in Review

Captain Aquatic Salutes the Best of 2014

As the year ends, we once again look back. First, of course, we’ll look way back – 150 years back to our country’s most tragic time. (Cue the slow piano music. Lower voice an octave.) Adversity shows one’s true character, and extraordinary tragedy can create men and women of singular greatness. In 1865, one such great man, Walt Whitman, wrote the following words about an even greater man, Abraham Lincoln.

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring…

When reading such eloquent words about a mighty captain, how can one not think of our very own Captain Aquatic?

Michigan’s “Saturated Savior”, the “Damp Defender”, the “Gilled Guardian” has spent years helping readers of this web site navigate the dangerous currents of the Model Aquatic Health Code. He has born witness to its birth, its troubled adolescence filled with awkward public comment iterations, and this year’s triumphant emergence into adulthood as a complete first edition.

Did you know that our fearless leader has other talents as well? Today he will show off his singing and dancing skills as he plays host to our annual B.O.B. Awards recognizing the Best Of the Best from the pages of Michigan Pool News.

Our first award, in the category of “Best Performance in a Guest Starring Role,” goes to Nick Shelton. In February, Nick took readers to Calvin College to demonstrate the benefits of ultra violet light secondary disinfection, calcium hypo-chloride (AccuTab) primary disinfection, and advanced chemical control and integration with CHEMTROL chemical controllers. He wrote about his site visit and answered vital questions about these products, all without once alluding to nineteenth century American history. A truly remarkable achievement.

In the category of Best Documentary Short, the B.O.B. goes to Julie Hill, Director of Hartland’s Aquatic Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Innovation for 2014

Nex-Gen Chlorine Generator by ChlorKing

Crazy Pool Vortex

Try this out on your outdoor pool on a sunny day (which will be a long long time from now…)

Inventory Time

Scott cooks breakfast while the team is taking inventory. What’s your end of the year process?

CPO Dates for 2015

Mark you calendars. Here are Gil Daws’ CPO training dates for 2015

  • February 3-4, 2015 Traverse City,MI
  • March 19-20, 2015 Stevensville,MI
  • April 6-7, 2015 Traverse City,MI
  • April 23-24 2015 Southfield, MI
  • July 8-9, 2015 Lansing, MI
  • October 15-16, 2015  Midland, MI
  • October 8-9 2015 Southfield, MI

Not sure if you need CPO training? Watch this video to learn more

Gil Daws and Associates. LLC

Office 734-451-3210


East Grand Rapids Dedicates Pool to Michigan’s Top Coach

Please join us Saturday, January 3rd @ 11:30 am in the High School Pool Lobby (entrance off of Wealthy St.) – where we will honor the one and only Butch Briggs!

Butch started coaching in 1974 since then he has won 10 boys state championships and 18 girls state championships!!!

Last year he was named “Boys Coach of the year” and “Girls Coach of the year” in the state of Michigan.


Great DEQ Resources

As we wrap up 2014 the Aquatic Source team would like to thank Paul Sisson at Michigan DEQ for all of his hard work to keep pools safe throughout our state.

If you haven’t checked out the DEQ website lately, you should. They’ve got a lot of great information that can help keep your pool safe (and open). Here’s some useful links.

Basic Information

Win an iPad Mini for Christmas

The team at Aquatic Source would like to thank all of our great clients! Once again this year we are giving away a free iPad mini to one lucky client. (Last years’ winner was Larry Vanhoe from Calvin College.)

All you have to do is place an order with us for anything during the month of December. It could be for equipment, chemicals or anything at all. You could even schedule a service call for sometime in 2015. As long as you place the order in December you are automatically entered in the drawing.

Call Aquatic Source at (248) 366-0606 to place your order and enter the drawing.