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  • CPSA Ends Affiliation with APSP

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The California Pool and Spa Association has announced it is terminating its affiliation agreement with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The two organizations began their affiliation in the drought and subsequent water crisis of 2016 in California.
     
    “When California faced a historic, five-year drought, CPSA led the effort to defend our industry and members against unwarranted regulations proposed in cities and districts throughout California that would have destroyed...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2017

    Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.

    "Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...

  • Hot Tub Troubleshooters

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?

    A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...

  • Industry Figures Urge Readiness For New Pump Standards

    by Daniel Seeger August 2017

    Whenever new regulations are delivered to the doorstep of an industry, it can cause understandable dismay. Sometimes, though, the shift in requirements can simply provide a boost in getting manufacturers where they’re already going. The new rules governing dedicated-purpose pool pumps fall into the latter category, according to many in the industry.

    “It’s going to expand what has already been happening for a while now,” says Jeff Farlow, program manager of energy initiatives for...

  • 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...