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  • American Pool Restores Facility for the Boys and Girls Club

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Three American Pool chapters recently collaborated to help restore a swimming pool at a New Jersey Boys and Girls Club.

    The club, located in Monmouth County’s Asbury Park, is a fixture for after-school activities; for many, it’s a home away from home. For years, the swimming pool was the most popular amenity, especially considering the facility’s location just two miles from the beach.

    “As Asbury Park is a shore town, it’s really important for kids that are growing...

  • The Western Pool & Spa Show: A Comforting Tradition

    by Eric Herman March 2016

    I attended my first Western Pool & Spa Show way back in 1990, when it was held in Pasadena instead of its current long-time home in Long Beach, Calif.Over the ensuing years, I’ve attended (I think) 11 installments, the latest being this past March 10-12. 

    Right as I walked into this...

  • CPSA Announces Bevy of Agreements

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has announced several new affiliation agreements with pool industry partners designed to consolidate industry efforts and support.

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the Western Pool and Spa Show, and the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) have all finalized affiliation agreements with CPSA, and the association is close to finalizing an agreement...

  • Eyes On The Prize

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2016

    When Kathy Caviness first came upon the idea of entering the International Awards of Excellence in 2007, her husband, Kelly, was a little apprehensive.

    "I knew about the contest, and I viewed it as a very prestigious award," he recalls. "I thought, 'Man, I don't even know if our pools are good enough to compete internationally.' But they were."

    Today, almost 10 years later, Caviness Landscape Design, in Edmond, Okla., just outside of Oklahoma City, has more awards...

  • 2016 NDPA Conference Opens March 29

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    The 14th annual National Drowning Prevention Alliance Educational Conference will open its doors March 29 at the Hilton Phoenix Mesa in Mesa, AZ. The event serves as a perennial opportunity for organizations and individuals interested in drowning prevention to come together.

    Topic highlights of this year's conference include Technology In Drowning Prevention and Global Perspectives and Research on Drowning Prevention.

    At its 2015 Conference in Dallas, NDPA announced a new...

  • Plaster Standard Approved

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    APSP has announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)/National Plasterers Council (NPC) –12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas.

    APSP, the only industry organization accredited by ANSI to develop and promote national consensus standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas, collaborated with the NPC on the development of ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC–12 2016.

    "Before now, there was no...

  • Cold Water, Warm Hearts

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    After a successful maiden voyage into icy waters, members of the Long Island Pool and Spa Association are once again preparing to take the frigid plunge as part of a Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics on March 19.

    Last March, the group quite literally broke the ice and made waves as part of an effort that raised more than $50,000 for local Special Olympics aquatic competitions. The event drew 453 brave participants to Tobay Beach near Long Island's Oyster Bay for a brief,...

  • A Better Way to Borrow

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2016

    In early December, the APSP announced a partnership with Prosper, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in peer-to-peer lending.

    We spoke with Patrick Giambalvo, APSP's vice president of business development, about how this type of financing can help pool and hot tub dealers, the difference between bank and peer lenders, and whether he thinks P2P lending will be a game-changer. (Hint: He thinks it will.)

    Pool and spa builders and retailers have been...

  • APSP Chapter Helps Special Needs Child

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals recently donated funds for the rehabilitation of a residential pool for Ariana Zyla, a girl with special needs in central Maryland, as part of its Smiles for Splashes program.

    Ariana’s mother, Lori, contacted Chesapeake Pools, an APSP member, to find out the cost to repair the residential in-ground pool at her new home so her children could swim. The pool required a list of safety items, upgrades and...

  • Meet APSP's New Chairman of the Board

    by Lenny Giteck January 2016

    When Richard Garbee took over as chairman of the board at The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals this past November, he was no Johnny-come-lately — not to the organization and its board of directors, and certainly not to the pool and spa industry. Garbee had...