- The Future of VGB
by APSP July 2017
On the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, APSP testified on Capitol Hill and called upon senators to recognize and support statewide adoption of the...
- Registration Opens for International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
by AQUA Editors June 2017
Registration is open for the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 2014. The exposition, sponsored by APSP, will be held November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. Pre-show conference begins October 29 with extensive educational offerings throughout the duration of the show days.
The largest exposition of its kind in North America, the 2014 event attracted 11,103 total attendees and 552 exhibiting...
- APSP Approves $1.3 Million Education Revamp
by AQUA Editors June 2017
The APSP Board of Directors approved a $1.3 million investment in education and training initiatives last week to meet the challenge of finding, hiring and educating qualified workers and to develop career paths within the industry.
The initiative will include upgrading all existing certification courses and developing new courses for both online and classroom consumption with an eye on young workers coming into the workforce. It will position APSP as an accredited education...
- Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program
by Barrett Kilmer June 2017
May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.
One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...
- Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence
by AQUA Editors May 2017
The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.
Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...
- Stars are Aligned for the Pool and Spa Industry
by Peter Ricchiuti May 2017
This economic recovery (now in its 90th month) is the third-longest, and most ignored, expansion on record. By calendar standards it seems to be "late in the game," but we may well go into "extra innings." As Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, notes, "In this recovery, companies have never overstaffed, overbuilt or over-inventoried."
We still don't see the telltale signs of a stretched recovery or a looming recession. Interest rates remain...
- Can You Hear Me Now?
by Corey B. Rimmer, ARM, CRIS, RRE, CNA Insurance Risk Control Director April 2017
Do you think you could be held liable if one of your employees causes an accident and injures another party while driving a company vehicle or using his or her personal vehicle while engaged in business-related activities?
Want to Maximize Your Coverage? Consider Becoming APSP Certified
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- APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia
by AQUA Editors April 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association. Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:
• Industry best practice
"We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...
- Cal Hypo: The Facts
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2017
Calcium Hypochlorite, or cal hypo, is just about the most common, run-of-the-mill pool product you can think of, a staple of chlorine water sanitizing for decades and decades. However, that familiarity often breeds benign ignorance of cal hypo's particular features compared to other forms of chlorine and how these characteristics can affect water quality.
Cal hypo is a concentrated source of chlorine in solid form and provides an easy method of delivering chlorine to the water. It...
- What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?
by Andrew Brown March 2017
Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"
Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...