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  • Portable Spa Competitors Find Common Ground

    by Scott Webb February 2016

    The pool and spa industry is not known for its willing teamwork and collegial spirit. At times, one may think it's an industry of adversaries that would rather sink than swim if swimming means working with rivals, even on projects of common interest.

    For we are all competitors. Every set of eyes moving across this page is working for a body trying to gain at the expense of another. But at the same time, there are areas where cooperation benefits all, and in that area of mutual...

  • 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...

  • Piscine 2016 to Open November 15 in Lyon

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Piscine 2016, the international spa and swimming pool show, is set to open exhibits Nov. 15 through Nov. 18 in Lyon, France. Boasting 1,000 brands of equipment and services for pools and spas, Piscine 2016 offers industry pros the world over a chance to try new products, rub elbows with industry leaders and feel like a Francophile for a few days.

    This year's show will feature The Aquafitness Festival, with a fitted-out pool dedicated to demonstrating fitness products. The...

  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.


    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course:
    ...
  • Calif. Drought Update: CPSA Marks Win

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The CPSA posted the following update on the ongoing water crisis in California and the Association's efforts to protect industry jobs and interests:


    It may be raining in Northern California, but water and water restriction issues are expected to continue to be big issues in 2016. That having been said, it appears the CPSA has been successful in addressing a major issue that was the root of the water use restrictions faced by the industry with public entities over the...

  • Pool Water in Perspective: Part 1 (Drought)

    by Terry Arko January 2016

    Water is an amazing, mysterious and powerful element. To understand the capabilities of water and its effect on swimming pools it is vital to understand how water travels throughout our world. The Water Cycle is a continuous loop of various methods through which water continuously transforms and renews itself.

    Water can exist in three forms — as a vapor, a solid or a liquid. So, when you see fog while driving you are seeing water in one of its forms traveling into the atmosphere. As...

  • January 2016 New Spa & Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Avenue Mosaic is excited to unveil its collection of new tile designs. The Tea Box collection (pictured in Blue Lady) consists of 1-by-1-inch tiles, each showcasing a unique blend of wispy brushstrokes in soft tones. Individually, no two tiles are alike — but together, they make a stunning artistic...

  • Pool and Spa Retail Forecast: 2016

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2016

    How will retailers in the leisure aquatics industry fare in 2016? Very well, according to experienced market watchers. After several years of gradual improvement in the economy, the stars are aligning in favor of a more robust selling environment.

    "We expect 2016 will be a good year, with increased...

  • This Would Be So Cool, Dude

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    What if you could roll out of bed, step outside your apartment and right onto your surfboard for some early morning wave action? Just another surfer's pipe-dream? Maybe not!

    An architectural firm has recently proposed this "surfer's paradise" be built in the Australian city of Subiaco, a suburb of Perth.

    The city has been exploring what to do with its aging and obsolete football stadium, the Subiaco Oval. Instead of closing and demolishing the crumbling cultural icon, MJA...

  • The 3 Keys to a Hot Tub Sale

    by Cailley Hammel January 2016

    The door to your store swings open. The familiar chime from the door sensor rings through the air, instinctively pulling your eyes to the entryway. You see someone standing there, looking curiously at the hot tubs on your floor.

    This person could be your next hot tub sale. Are you prepared?

    When it comes to hot tub sales expertise, it's hard to beat Juliet Phelps. Co-owner of Ajax Pool and Spa in the competitive Aspen, Colo., market, Phelps has decades of spa sales under her...