- How to Decontaminate Spas and Kiddie Pools
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) September 2017
Contamination of small vessels of water can take many forms, including slime, cloudy water, musty odors, vomit, and feces among others. Buildup of contaminants can result in threats to bather health, which can include rashes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, respiratory distress or worse. Therefore, a water replacement strategy enabling the complete decontamination of the vessel should be part of the preventative maintenance schedule. Water replacement is more viable due to the small scale of...
- The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation
by Barrett Kilmer September 2017
Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.
"Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...
- Hot Tub Troubleshooters
by AQUA Editors September 2017
To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?
A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...
- APSP University Announces PSP Expo Course Lineup
by AQUA Editors August 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals APSP University announces its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
APSP University Certification Courses offered include:
- 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...