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  • 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...

  • APSP Appoints New RWQ Members

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Four new members have been appointed to the Recreational Water Quality Committee of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Joseph Laurino, president and CEO of Periodic Products, joins the RWQ Committee as chairman. Laurino replaces Stanley Pickens, who has stepped down after a long tenure of exceptional service. 

    Also new on the RWQ Committee are Jeff Boynton, general manager of Delta UV Corporation; Kenneth Gregory, compliance and safety manager of aquatic systems for...

  • Time is Running Out to Submit AOE Entries

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Each year, APSP honors the most stunning examples of workmanship, creativity and beauty in the pool and spa industry with the annual Awards of Excellence. Thinking about submitting one of your projects for consideration? Act fast — submissions close June 30.

    "Why should I enter?" you may wonder. Several reasons. First: the more submissions APSP receives, the more they can promote the benefits of the pool and spa lifestyle to consumers, which means everyone wins.

  • Paragon Pools Holds 13th Annual Float Like a Duck Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Last month, Zodiac Pool Products, Cover-Pools and Carecraft joined Paragon Pools in promoting water safety through a partnership with the long-running Float Like A Duck campaign, which seeks to educating the public on the importance of safety while celebrating the joys of aquatic activities.

    “Water and water sports are an integral part of our lives whether it be in the bath, a pool, at the lake or beach," says nationally recognized water safety advocate and President of Paragon...

  • Master Pools Guild Donates to Step Into Swim Campaign

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    The Master Pools Guild recently donated $40,000 to the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Step Into Swim Campaign to help fund programs that teach the life-saving skill of swimming.

    Both NSPF and Master Pools Guild firmly believe that creating more swimmers will help more people live healthier and happier lives, reduce the risk of drowning and build demand for pools, spas, and the aquatics field. The Step Into Swim Campaign began in 2012 and has a goal to create 1 million more...

  • ...And the APSP Award Goes To...

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    We all want to belong to something. And making that something better, stronger and more successful is what association membership is all about.

    Traditionally, awards programs are a way to show gratitude to volunteers, encourage achievement and reward accomplishment. This year, APSP is enhancing its awards program to honor and recognize the many people who contribute to the success of the industry through their involvement with the Association. Mixing traditional categories with new...