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  • Eyes On The Prize

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2016

    When Kathy Caviness first came upon the idea of entering the International Awards of Excellence in 2007, her husband, Kelly, was a little apprehensive.

    "I knew about the contest, and I viewed it as a very prestigious award," he recalls. "I thought, 'Man, I don't even know if our pools are good enough to compete internationally.' But they were."

    Today, almost 10 years later, Caviness Landscape Design, in Edmond, Okla., just outside of Oklahoma City, has more awards...

  • Plaster Standard Approved

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    APSP has announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)/National Plasterers Council (NPC) –12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas.

    APSP, the only industry organization accredited by ANSI to develop and promote national consensus standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas, collaborated with the NPC on the development of ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC–12 2016.

    "Before now, there was no...

  • A Better Way to Borrow

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2016

    In early December, the APSP announced a partnership with Prosper, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in peer-to-peer lending.

    We spoke with Patrick Giambalvo, APSP's vice president of business development, about how this type of financing can help pool and hot tub dealers, the difference between bank and peer lenders, and whether he thinks P2P lending will be a game-changer. (Hint: He thinks it will.)

    Pool and spa builders and retailers have been...

  • APSP Chapter Helps Special Needs Child

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals recently donated funds for the rehabilitation of a residential pool for Ariana Zyla, a girl with special needs in central Maryland, as part of its Smiles for Splashes program.

    Ariana’s mother, Lori, contacted Chesapeake Pools, an APSP member, to find out the cost to repair the residential in-ground pool at her new home so her children could swim. The pool required a list of safety items, upgrades and...

  • Meet APSP's New Chairman of the Board

    by Lenny Giteck January 2016

    When Richard Garbee took over as chairman of the board at The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals this past November, he was no Johnny-come-lately — not to the organization and its board of directors, and certainly not to the pool and spa industry. Garbee had...

  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.


    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course:
    ...
  • CNA Donates $25,000 to WRW

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Property and casualty company insurance carrier CNA recently presented The World of Recreational Water Foundation (WRW) with a $25,000 donation.

    WRW’s mission is to foster the safe and responsible use of scarce water resources and represent, defend and promote the sustainable use of recreational water. The foundation supports research into the conservation and energy-efficient use of recreational water, and underwrites education and training to advance recreational water...

  • Fiberglass Manufacturers Council Forms

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The APSP Board of Directors has approved the formation of a Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers Council. Curt Prystupa, Sun Fiberglass Pools, was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Council and Jason Hughes, River Pools & Spas, was appointed to serve as the Council's Co-Chair. Other APSP member companies participating on the Council include Alaglas Pools, Barrier Reef Pools, Latham Pool Products, Inc., Lonestar Fiberglass Pools, Tallman Pools and Thursday Pools.

    Members of the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The submission site for the 2016 Awards of Excellence is now open.

    This year, APSP has made a change to the usual schedule for submission of entries for the International Awards of Excellence. By popular demand, the entry period has been moved forward to allow for earlier submissions and thus alleviate the time crunch in the summer. The submission period is now open and will run through June 30, 2016. Visit our submission portal to...

  • APSP Announces Consumer Financing

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The goal is to help make pool, spa and hot tub ownership a reality for more people.


    APSP has announced it will work with Prosper, a leading online lending marketplace, to offer its members a consumer-friendly financing option that they can make available to their customers who are interested in pool, spa or hot tub ownership.

    “We want more people to enjoy the benefits of our industry’s products so we are making it easier for our members to sell more with...