RECENT ARTICLES
  • APSP Offers Broad Education Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP will offer more than 27 live virtual and online self-paced courses this fall and winter, a comprehensive education schedule design to meet a wide range of needs. Course topics range from pool and spa construction, maintenance and retailing, providing a convenient opportunity to develop and hone skills among company staff.

    Live virtual and online formats allow students to receive training without travel expenses, and computerized testing tracks skill development on a day-to-day...

  • Course of Action: APSP’s Education Program Evolving

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2016

    Mid-June is a busy time of the year for Bob Blanda, owner of Mill Bergen Pools in Brooklyn, N.Y. Salespeople are swamped, construction crews are crazy and Bob is hard to get on the phone. We did eventually track him down in his car, driving from one work site to another.

    "Right now, I could really use eight more guys who know what they're doing. But they're not around," he says. "Anybody who's worth their salt is busy, and if there is somebody floating around looking for work,...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...

  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • APSP Awards Lowry Grant

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has awarded the 2016 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Riverside County California Department of Environmental Health at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference in San Antonio, TX.

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of APSP and the Recreational Water Quality...

  • MAHC Second Edition Released

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated second edition of the MAHC — the 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The initial version was published in 2014.

    The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practices that can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier...

  • NSPF to Create “Learn To Swim Index"

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is seeking proposals to create a “Learn-to-Swim Index” (LTS Index) that tracks how many people complete formal swim lessons in the United States. Proposals will describe the experience and methodology a Principal Researcher will use to create the Index that represents the number of individuals who learn to swim from formal lessons.

    Currently, there is no index that measures the effectiveness of the aquatic industry’s combined efforts to create...

  • Study: Safety is Paramount for Customers Interested in a Pool or Spa

    by Barrett Kilmer July 2016

    Last fall APSP hired leading consumer research firm Gallup to poll pool owners and non-owners about their attitudes toward its members' products. The company gathered more than 4,000 completed surveys covering a wide range of pool-related issues, including key drivers behind decisions to buy and factors that prevented non-owners from considering pool purchases.

    Many results were predictable and positive, such as the value consumers placed on the family togetherness and health...

  • National Plasterers Council Launches YouTube Channel

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The National Plasterers Council recently announced the launch of its new YouTube channel. The content currently includes 13 videos that feature long-time NPC members such as Greg Garret and Alan Smith discussing often-controversial topics including spot etching and plaster-nodule formation.

    Assisting in the development of the channel is Randy Beard, a former pool builder and designer turned full-time videographer. According to Beard and the NPC, numerous additional videos are on the...

  • New APSP Chapter Forms in Pacific NW

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    APSP has a new chapter called the Pacific Northwest APSP chapter, with members from both Oregon and Washington state. The new Pacific NW chapter was created by pool and spa professionals who were formerly members of chapters in Seattle and Portland, but no longer had active APSP chapters in which to participate.

    “Several of us from both regions decided that it was time to pull together individuals and companies that wanted to revitalize the group to create a new chapter with a...