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  • NESPA Announces 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has named the winners for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards – Builders and Service Competition. For the first time, the award winners were announced at a cocktail reception held at The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January.

    The 2016 competition saw more than four dozen companies submit more than 200 entries for the Builders Competition and the Service Competition....

  • Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2017

    Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.

    But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...

  • North American Sauna Society Accepting New Members

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The North American Sauna Society, a nonprofit organization designed to promote the traditional Nordic sauna experience in the U.S. and Canada, is now accepting new retail members.

    Members can enjoy access to tools to help increase visibility, including store signage and blog posts for marketing purposes, as well as aid with lead generation.

    The

  • APSP: Expo Exposed!

    by APSP January 2017

    The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was truly where it all came together for the pool and spa industry. Council meetings, seminars, training and parties took center stage as members mingled, conducted business and renewed acquaintances. Award winners were celebrated and recognized by their peers, leaving us all with a great reminder of what is good and honorable in our industry.

     

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  • APSP University Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.

    "We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."

    The list of classes includes:

  • APSP/NSPF Merger: What Happened?

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?

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  • Opinion: APSP/NSPF Merger Breakdown a Shame

    by Scott Webb January 2017

    When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.

    More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...

  • APSP, NSPF Unification Fails

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    In a surprise announcement today, APSP and NSPF said they were ending efforts aimed toward the unification promised in April of 2016. At that time, the two organizations declared that they would join together for the good of the industry, providing new focus for advocacy efforts.

    Over the months since the initial declaration that the groups would merge, speculation has grown as to the shape of the new combined...

  • NSPF Honors Top Instructors

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization’s active instructorsfor their extraordinary performance over the past year. Several individuals and four companies received awards for their commitment to excellence in keeping pools safer and open.

    “These teachers are creating the world we all want where healthier people have great experiences in and around the water,” NSPF CEO...

  • In Memoriam: NESPA’s Paulette Pitrak

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Paulette Pitrak, deputy executive director for the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, passed away Nov. 18 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was 64.

    Paulette first entered the pool and spa industry in 1988 as director of education for the National Spa and Pool Institute. She joined NESPA in 1998 where she worked tirelessly across a wide range...