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  • 10 Industry Leaders Named APSP Fellows

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals welcomes its fifth cadre of Fellows. These individuals may be nominated from any segment of the industry and may be honored posthumously. The peer-nominated honor was developed by the APSP Board of Directors to recognize leaders whose contributions have enhanced the professionalism of the pool, spa and hot tub industry through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others.

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  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Silver Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Last week, we revealed the bronze winners of the 2016 Awards of Excellence — today, we move up to silver. This year’s silver winners encompass a wide swath of styles, but all have one thing in common: excellent technical prowess.

    Inviting lagoons, eye-catching tile work, precise geometric shapes — you’ll see all of it, and more, in the slideshow below. Take a look and get inspired.

  • Introducing APSP’s CBP, CSP, Chapter of the Year Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Every year, APSP recognizes individuals who have done exceptional work in their field. Below are the honorees of this year's CBP award (builder), the CSP award (service) and APSP Chapter of the Year:

    CBP of the Year

    Jason Schallock, CBP, CSP
    General Manager,
    Anderson
    ...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Bronze Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    APSP’s Awards of Excellence has a simple goal: To recognize the best and most beautiful in the pool building industry. Each year, top builders across the globe submit their best work for consideration, and the competition is steep, with hundreds of submission for the judges to comb through.

    And ladies and gentlemen, we have the winners.

    All month long on AQUA, we’ll reveal the 2016 AOE honorees. You’ll find a wide breadth of talent in these images, from skilled vanishing...

  • ISPSC Mandatory in 8 States

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    By 2017, the adoption of the ISPSC will be mandatory in eight states. The latest states to adopt the ISPSC are Washington and West Virginia. In January 2017, the ISPSC will be also be in effect statewide in Georgia. New adoptions by local districts and municipalities include Longmont (Colorado), Pearl River Valley-Water Supply District (Mississippi) and Andrews, Cleveland and Kileen, Texas.

    Currently, there are 56 local ISPSC adoptions. Published in partnership with the APSP and...

  • 2016 Award Winners Announced

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP has announced the winners of its 2016 APSP Awards Program. The program recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry. Being recognized this year are 74 pool, hot tub and water feature projects in the design competition, and 18 individuals recognized for their contributions to the aquatic industry. One APSP Chapter earned top honors.

    All APSP recipients will be officially recognized in the October issue of AQUA Magazine and...

  • Healthy Hot Water

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2016

    The portable hot tub industry is in the midst of a makeover. Long viewed as selling products centered around socializing or relaxing with friends and family, many manufacturers and dealers are tweaking their sales and marketing to include stronger messaging around health and wellness. One manufacturer believes so strongly in the health and wellness angle that it's coalescing an entire company culture around it.

    Watkins Manufacturing, the Vista, Calif.-based maker of Hot Spring Spas,...

  • APSP Offers Broad Education Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP will offer more than 27 live virtual and online self-paced courses this fall and winter, a comprehensive education schedule design to meet a wide range of needs. Course topics range from pool and spa construction, maintenance and retailing, providing a convenient opportunity to develop and hone skills among company staff.

    Live virtual and online formats allow students to receive training without travel expenses, and computerized testing tracks skill development on a day-to-day...

  • Course of Action: APSP’s Education Program Evolving

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2016

    Mid-June is a busy time of the year for Bob Blanda, owner of Mill Bergen Pools in Brooklyn, N.Y. Salespeople are swamped, construction crews are crazy and Bob is hard to get on the phone. We did eventually track him down in his car, driving from one work site to another.

    "Right now, I could really use eight more guys who know what they're doing. But they're not around," he says. "Anybody who's worth their salt is busy, and if there is somebody floating around looking for work,...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...