RECENT ARTICLES
  • Solving Our Labor Shortage

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    It’s been the same story for years: the availability of young talent, or lack thereof, remains a vexing issue for the pool and spa industry. Our industry simply doesn't know how to draw young people into the fold.

    The issue was on my mind recently when I saw a press release about an annual competition that might hold some answers, or at least point the industry in a fresh direction. It’s called the

  • In Memoriam: Don Burns, Former CPSA Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Don Burns, former executive director of the California Pool and Spa Industry Education Council (formerly SPEC, now known as CPSA), passed away early Tuesday morning from heart complications.

    In his 30-year tenure as the head of CPSA, Burns made it his mission to advocate for industry professionals not just in California, but nationwide. He had a keen...

  • Cozy Up: 2017 Outdoor Living Product Focus

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    It’s indisputable: the “outdoor room” is here to stay. With consumers increasingly clamoring for outdoor spaces that blur the line between living room and classic backyard, so too does an opportunity grow for retailers who seek to cater to this market — after all, with a growing market comes opportunity for profit. Here, we offer a taste of the products the outdoor living category has to offer, from plush sectionals and lazy lounges to cool grills and fire...

  • Sponsored Video: S.R.Smith TrueTread Diving Board Series

    by S.R.Smith March 2017

    S.R.Smith is reinventing the diving board category with a unique, patent-pending design: the TrueTread Diving Board Series. These stylish diving boards make an old favorite new again with a modern, sporty look and exceptional launching grip. TrueTread is a durable, marine-grade, diamond-shaped composite material that stands up to salt, sun and hours of fun. Compatible with many S.R.Smith stands, TrueTread Diving Boards are an ideal upgrade opportunity.

    To learn more, visit

  • Pools on the Airwaves

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    Like thousands of service company owners across the nation, Michael Miller runs his business offering pool service, repair, renovation and retail, all week long. Miller Pools in Pasadena, Texas, services about 750 pools weekly, has three repair trucks, 13 service trucks, a retail store and showroom, and employs 33 full-time employees. He is also president of APSP's Houston chapter.

    Five days a week, he's a busy pool guy. But on the sixth day, Michael Miller steps away from his daily...

  • Dining By Design

    by Scott Cohen March 2017

    These days, 99 percent of our projects include an outdoor kitchen. In fact, many times, we're doing only an outdoor kitchen without a pool or other major landscape element. Once an add-on, they've now become the reason we're there in the...

  • Design Inspiration: 6 Takes on the Outdoor Room

    by Fred Albert, Houzz March 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. Below, a Houzz expert explores one of the biggest trends in backyards: the outdoor room.

    When I was growing up,...

  • Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    Last month I posted a blog all about the importance of addressing the all-too-common fear of deep water. At the time, I was working on a small suite of articles for upcoming issues of AQUA that, to varying degrees, deal with different aspects of aquatic safety and how the industry can approach safety from a positive standpoint. Those recent forays reinforced two aspects of safety that warrant further discussion and, hopefully,...

  • Swimming Among the Ruins

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    In what was once the Turkish town of Hieropolis, history and aquatic enthusiasts can swim in a pool that's filled with ancient ruins, one in which Cleopatra is claimed to have luxuriated.

    Heiropolis became popular...

  • Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...