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  • 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...

  • Meet the Young Professionals of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    In addition to the Awards of Excellence, APSP doles out an array of individual awards for the people who aspire to better the pool and spa profession. Here, we share the recipients of this year's Young Professionals of the Year Award, which recognizes forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 who will be the voice of the next generation of pool, spa and hot tub professionals.

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  • NESPA Announces New Board of Directors

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association recently inducted its 2016-2017 Board of Directors at the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. The following members of the Executive Committee for the association were sworn into office:

    President
    Irene Insignares, Cool Pool & Spa, Nanuet, New York

    Vice President
    Ronald Falcioni, Darien Pool, Darien, Connecticut

    Treasurer