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  • 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...

  • The Future of VGB

    by APSP July 2017

    On the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, APSP testified on Capitol Hill and called upon senators to recognize and support statewide adoption of the...

  • Pkdata: Spa Sales on the Rise

    by Bil Kennedy July 2017

    Well, here is some overdue good news: The hot tub industry has experienced the first back-to-back double-digit increase in sales in 15 years. And, in fact, after nearly eight straight years of downturns and lethargy, the spa business has managed four consecutive growth years.
     
    What follows is a closer look at the composition of today’s spa owners.
     
    It's interesting to compare some of the characteristics that depict the base of hot tub owners across the country.
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  • Registration Opens for International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Registration is open for the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 2014. The exposition, sponsored by APSP, will be held November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. Pre-show conference begins October 29 with extensive educational offerings throughout the duration of the show days.

    The largest exposition of its kind in North America, the 2014 event attracted 11,103 total attendees and 552 exhibiting...

  • APSP Approves $1.3 Million Education Revamp

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    The APSP Board of Directors approved a $1.3 million investment in education and training initiatives last week to meet the challenge of finding, hiring and educating qualified workers and to develop career paths within the industry.

    The initiative will include upgrading all existing certification courses and developing new courses for both online and classroom consumption with an eye on young workers coming into the workforce. It will position APSP as an accredited education...

  • Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program

    by Barrett Kilmer June 2017

    May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.

    One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...

  • Should Pool Pros Worry About Drought in Florida?

    by Kathryn Howard June 2017

    While California’s historic five-year-long drought has finally lifted,...

  • Genesis & NSPF: Happy Together

    by Eric Herman May 2017

    When the National Swimming Pool Foundation acquired Genesis (originally Genesis 3) back in November 2015, many in the industry were surprised, at least at first.

    On one side of the deal, NSPF serves the industry with programs that focus on the needs of professionals who operate commercial pool and spa facilities, chiefly through its CPO program that trains upwards of 30,000 pool operators each year. Founded in 1963, the foundation is similarly well known for its ongoing efforts to...

  • 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...