• A Decade of Perfect Service

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2017

    The pool and spa industry has a long tradition of recognizing the best builders in the business, offering chances to win local, regional and international design contests. Manufacturers get in on the action, too, by highlighting the equipment and accessories that make these backyard beauties run. But what of the service professionals who work behind the scenes on the thankless job of keeping these pools and spas clean, efficient and safe?

    Since 2007, Pleatco, a leading manufacturer...

  • Acapulco Pools Receives Certificate of Recognition

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Canada's Infrastructure Health and Safety Association issued a Certificate of Recognition to Kitchener-based swimming pool contractor, Acapulco Pools. COR is a standard of safety excellence used throughout Canada, but began to gain momentum in Ontario three years ago.

    “I was absolutely thrilled to receive the news that we had achieved this standard of safety excellence in Canada," says Acapulco Pools’ Health & Safety Manager Nicole...

  • Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Benefit the Quechan Tribe

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    APSP awarded the 2017 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Quechan Parks and Recreation. The award was presented at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development...

  • Pleatco's 10th Annual Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Contest Now Open

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Pleatco a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, announce the launch of the 2017 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest.

    This year marks a big milestone: 10 years of honoring the best pool and spa service technicians across the country, extending as far as Canada and Europe.

    “Over the past nine years of the contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more...

  • Acapulco Pools COO Named Top Entrepreneur

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Acapulco Pools is pleased to announce that Francine Gall, chief operating officer at Acapulco Pools, was recently named one of Canada’s Top Entrepreneurs in the 2017 Quantam Shift Program.

    As COO, Gall is responsible for both the strategic and day-to-day management of the...

  • Pentair Wins Silver in PRO Awards

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Chief Marketer recognizes Pentair as the Best Seasonal-Themed Campaign Silver Winner for the 2016 “Pump Up Your Savings” marketing campaign. The award was announced on June 13 at the PRO Awards Luncheon held in New York City.

    “We’re honored to have our work...

  • ASP Launches 2017 Veteran Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    America’s Swimming Pool Company is excited to announce the 2017 ASP Veteran Program is open for entries. The program, now in its third year, seeks to thank a distinguished veteran for his/her service by helping them get their own ASP franchise off the ground — and waiving the franchise fee.

    (For perspective, 2016 winner Brad Baglio's$65,000 franchise fee was completely covered by...

  • ISHOF Announces 2017 Paragon Award Recipients

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International Swimming Hall of Fame recently announced the recipients of the 22nd Annual Paragon Awards. The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories. This year’s recipients are Ron Van Pool for Competitive Swimming; Terry Sayring for Water Polo, Linda Paul for Competitive Diving; the National Swimming Pool Foundation for Aquatic Safety; Stefania Tudini (ITA)...

  • NESPA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    NESPA announces Hannah Melissen of Chalfont, Pa. and Emmah Evangelista of Collingswood, N.J. are the 2017 H. J. “Duke” Ellington Memorial Scholarship awardees.

    Melissen was nominated by Ray Calvitti of Blue Haven Pools & Spas (Hatfield, Pa.). She will receive a $3,000 scholarship award. Evangelista was nominated by Aimee Speas of Blue Wave Pools (Audubon, N.J.). She will receive a $2,000 scholarship award.

    Since 1985, NESPA honored the memory of Harold J. “Duke”...

  • Tara Manufacturing's Ultimate Makeover Contest Now Open

    by Cailley Hammel June 2017

    For many pool builders, the hardest jobs aren’t new pool builds — they’re restoration projects. Best-case scenario: you’re simply resurfacing and adding new features. Worst-case scenario: You’re entirely gutting the backyard…and crossing your fingers that you don't run into any number of unexpected problems along the way.

    In honor of the challenges a backyard renovation can bring — as well as the reward of completely transforming a backyard — Tara Manufacturing created the