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  • FSPA Creates Technical College Course to Attract New Industry Pros

    by Kathryn Howard July 2017

    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...

  • Back to Life: The Art of the Remodel

    by Dan Goldstone July 2017

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  • Adolph Kiefer: A Life Aquatic

    by Eric Herman July 2017

    When Adolph Kiefer passed away at his home May 5 in Wadsworth, Ill., at age 98, the world of aquatics lost one of its most enduring icons. Among his many accolades: at the time of his death, Kiefer was America’s oldest living Olympic champion.

    He rose to fame at age 17 at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, known as “the Nazi Olympics,” where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Hitler shook his hand in congratulation, but Kiefer later said that if he had known what...

  • After the Olympic Crowds Went Home

    by Scott Webb July 2017

    To purveyors of the joys of swimming, these famous Rio Olympic pools are a melancholy sight.

    Less than a year...

  • Ready to Renovate?

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    When renovating a pool, every product selection you make matters. From pool paints and coatings to decking and coping, your choices make an impact in aesthetics, safety and, most importantly for your customer's wallet, longevity. Here, we take a look at just some of the products in the renovation category.

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    The 6 Most Popular Pools of 2017 (So Far)

    by Becky Harris, Houzz July 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert explores recent trends in pool design.

    As I browsed through the recent most-popular pool photos...

  • The Pool As Mirror

    by Kirk Bianchi July 2017

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  • Make a Splash with Fiberglass

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    When considering shell types, fiberglass is truly coming into its own — according to research by P.K. Data, fiberglass sales have doubled since 2006. It's impressive growth aided both by advances in fiberglass technology and greater consumer awareness of the product; for customers who want a pool without the pain of weeks- or months-long construction, fiberglass is a great solution.

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  • July 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Looking for ways to revitalize your showroom or make your job easier? This month's new products roundup has a little bit of everything, from trendy outdoor living products to new building products and service tools.

    The Service Program
    The Pool Service...

  • National Reflections in Washington, D.C.

    by Eric Herman July 2017

    As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we thought it would be appropriate to offer up an AQUA salute to what is arguably the most prominent water feature in the U.S.: the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    If you visited our nation’s capital between November 2010 and August 2012, you would have noticed the iconic reflecting pool was undergoing renovation on a truly historic scale. How big was the project? The price tag ran $34...