- National Water Safety Month Begins
by AQUA Editors May 2016
Four leading aquatics organizations, along with several other water safety groups, are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices during National Water Safety Month.
Throughout its nine year existence, National Water Safety Month has gained attention from Governors of all 50 states signing water safety proclamations, and Olympic swimmers highlighting the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the...
- Educating the Industry with Water in Motion
by Lenny Giteck April 2016
As show organizers considered the impending Pool & Spa show in Atlantic City this year, they decided to plan something really special to help educate industry members on the nuances of pool hydraulics. And playing on a number of references both in and outside the industry, they decided to call it "The Wall."
Primarily the brainchild of Trish McCormick, manager of NESPA's The Pool & Spa Show, and Paulette Pitrak, NESPA's deputy executive director, The Wall was developed as...
- APSP Pushes Pool Covers To Feds
by AQUA Editors April 2016
APSP's Water Conservation Coalition went to Capitol Hill last month to advocate for the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense certification for the industry's most efficient cover...
- APSP, NSPF Merge: A Behind the Scenes Look
by AQUA Editors April 2016
In what has to be seen as the biggest news in recent memory, APSP and NSPF have agreed to merge into a single entity to better serve the needs of the pool and spa industry.
It's long been a goal of industry leadership to streamline organizations and bring better focus and coordination to their efforts on behalf of pool and spa professionals. This agreement to join together in service will give the industry a more unified and therefore more powerful voice. It was the culmination of...
- CPSA Announces Bevy of Agreements
by AQUA Editors March 2016
The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has announced several new affiliation agreements with pool industry partners designed to consolidate industry efforts and support.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the Western Pool and Spa Show, and the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) have all finalized affiliation agreements with CPSA, and the association is close to finalizing an agreement...
- 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...