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  • Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

    Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...

  • Spinning Triumph From Tragedy

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Laura Metro knows what fear in a helicopter feels like.

    In 2011, her 3-year-old son, Clay, fell victim to a near-drowning accident in a public pool in Bethany Beach, Del. A bystander who had only seen CPR on TV started trying to revive him until the paramedics arrived. Metro rode with her son for 30 minutes in a medivac helicopter to a hospital in Wilmington where Clay was treated.

    That terrifying flight, she says, "was the beginning of a much greater...

  • NESPA Releases Results from 2017 Pool & Spa Industry Survey

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    NESPA has released the results of its second annual industry survey, a report that covers business trends, insights and strategies among pool and spa professionals in the Northeastern U.S.

    "Keeping our fingers on the pulse of our industry is essential for NESPA so that we can best serve our members and help our members best serve their customers,” says NESPA President Irene Insignares.  "As a business owner, having the chance to see what other companies are trying in the areas of...

  • APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association.
 Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:

        •    Education
        •    Industry best practice
        •    Advocacy
        •    Research

    "We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...

  • Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    Ever since the first time humans stepped into a warm geothermal pool, we've known how good it feels. And beyond that wonderful sensation of aquatic immersion, we've also long suspected doing so is really good for us.

    Thanks to an ever-growing body of research, we've learned how swimming can lower blood pressure,

  • NESPA Establishes Task Force to Honor Paulette Pitrak

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    NESPA, with the help of APSP and NSPF, is establishing a task force to memorialize longtime Deputy Executive Director Paulette Pitrak — and needs your help.

    The task force, established by Steve Gorlin of Gorlin Pools and Spas (Lakehurst, N.J.) has a simple mission: To commemorate the many contributions Pitrak made over her 20-year career in the pool and spa industry.

    “We’re looking for ideas,” Gorlin says. “We’re looking for any type of an idea that would properly honor and...

  • In Memoriam: Buck Hall of Lonza Water Treatment

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Buck Hall, who served for 13 years as senior director of sales for Lonza Water Treatment’s Pro Dealer business, passed away February 23 of cardiac arrest. He was 62.

    A 26-year pool industry veteran, Hall joined Arch Chemicals to lead the Pro Dealer sales team in 2004. (Lonza acquired Arch in 2011.) As the senior director of sales, Hall was responsible for developing and directing the implementation of the HTH Water Products sales and marketing strategy for the poolife brand in the...

  • Sick Days For Service Pros

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    In most industries, a worker getting sick or injured, while a hardship for the individual, does not pose a huge problem for the business.

    But the service industry is different. If a sole proprietor service pro can't cover his or her normal route, how do those pools get clean? And what's going to stop the growth of algae as the chlorine levels slowly drop toward zero? Ultimately, what's to stop a customer from looking elsewhere?

    This scenario is a lurking fear for many...

  • 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...

  • NSPF Introduces New Service Training Course

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.

    The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...