Kathryn Howard
Kathryn (called KT) is getting her feet wet in the pool and spa industry as the newest editor for AQUA. She joined in 2017 after spending a year in New Zealand where she acquainted herself with Kiwi cinema and Kiwi aviation history. A livelong lover of travel and books, she has a library card in four different cities. When she is not reading, writing or traveling, she is probably stuck and requires help. She can be reached at kathryn@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, September, 07, 2017 Toddler’s Brain Damage Reversed 162 Days After Drowning

    On February 29, 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson almost drowned in her family pool in Fayetteville, Ark. While mother Kristal Carlson was in the shower, Eden climbed past a baby gate and got through the heavy door to the pool. She was in the water for ten minutes when Kristal found her and immediately started CPR.

    Shortly afterward, EMTs arrived at the scene, taking over CPR efforts and rushing Eden to the emergency room. Two hours after drowning, Eden’s heart started to beat on its...

  • Thursday, August, 31, 2017 Swim Like a Navy SEAL

    You've probably heard of most of the competitive swim strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and dragonfly. Then there's the sidestroke, which is used in recreational swimming, and the doggie-paddle, just about...

  • Tuesday, August, 29, 2017 Floating Your Troubles Away

    Have you heard of floating? No, this isn’t a relaxing float in the pool — it’s a certified spa treatment.

    In “float therapy,” guests lay in an enclosed water tank (also known as a pod) filled with enough Epsom salt to keep a body afloat without tensing any muscles. The sensory deprivation of floating is meditative and comes with a slew of benefits, such as stress reduction, pain relief and improved blood circulation. It can even help relieve PTSD symptoms in military...

  • Thursday, August, 17, 2017 How to be Successful in Retail (According to A Retailer)

    Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies is an award for privately-owned companies that have seen the most financial growth in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. To enter, nominated companies have to submit three years’ worth of financial information that is then audited by a third party. The final list includes law firms, pharmaceutical companies, education companies and other large, multimillion-dollar enterprises.

    Also on that list? Valley Pool & Spa, a firm with five locations in...

  • Thursday, August, 10, 2017 Life is Sweet in a Pool of Sprinkles

    Children love to share their...

  • Tuesday, August, 01, 2017 Beer Spas Around the World

    People soak in a pool or spa to relax. People also like to have a drink or two for the same reason. So it's natural, then, that these two worlds would collide with...

  • Thursday, July, 27, 2017 Shop Talk: What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

    Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Have a question you’d like to see your industry colleagues address? Pitch us at editors@aquamagazine.com.

    Today's question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

    FSPA Creates Technical College Course to Attract New Industry Pros

    To help draw more job candidates to the pool and spa industry, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is developing a 600-hour course that will be offered at Manatee Technical College (Bradenton, Fla.).

    Plans for the course began when Mary Anderson, education program manager for FSPA, met with MTC’s president at a conference.

    “We started talking and came to the realization that there has not been a program specific for the swimming pool industry,” she says. “We could create...

  • Wednesday, June, 21, 2017 Pool Builder Creates Industry Apprenticeship Program

    Of the challenges today’s pool and spa professionals face, the biggest may be hiring (and keeping) qualified employees. Tim Coleman, managing partner of Augusta Aquatics (Fishersville, Va.), knows firsthand. After years of trying online job listings, he decided to take a stand and try solving the problem himself.

    “Online resources like Indeed, Craigslist, Monster and Facebook posts have produced lackluster results over the past few years,” Coleman says. “My high school motto was,...

  • Thursday, June, 01, 2017 Should Pool Pros Worry About Drought in Florida?

    While California’s historic five-year-long drought has finally lifted,...