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  • 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...

  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.


    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course:
    ...
  • Calif. Drought Update: CPSA Marks Win

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The CPSA posted the following update on the ongoing water crisis in California and the Association's efforts to protect industry jobs and interests:


    It may be raining in Northern California, but water and water restriction issues are expected to continue to be big issues in 2016. That having been said, it appears the CPSA has been successful in addressing a major issue that was the root of the water use restrictions faced by the industry with public entities over the...

  • Pool and Spa Retail Forecast: 2016

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2016

    How will retailers in the leisure aquatics industry fare in 2016? Very well, according to experienced market watchers. After several years of gradual improvement in the economy, the stars are aligning in favor of a more robust selling environment.

    "We expect 2016 will be a good year, with increased...

  • 2016 Outlook: Home Equity Driving P/S Sales

    by Scott Webb January 2016

    Columnists like to paint a rosy picture on January 1, full of hope and optimism for the coming year, because it's easy to be cheery and that sort of blue sky and sunshine goes down pretty well with the readers. But not me — I tell it like it is. By coincidence, however, I am full of hope and optimism for 2016 pool and...

  • CNA Donates $25,000 to WRW

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Property and casualty company insurance carrier CNA recently presented The World of Recreational Water Foundation (WRW) with a $25,000 donation.

    WRW’s mission is to foster the safe and responsible use of scarce water resources and represent, defend and promote the sustainable use of recreational water. The foundation supports research into the conservation and energy-efficient use of recreational water, and underwrites education and training to advance recreational water...

  • Indy Welcomes Mid America Show

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    For the first time, The Mid America Pool, Spa & Outdoor Living Show will open its doors in downtown Indianapolis this year, with classes beginning Jan. 18 and exhibits open on Jan. 20.

    Long a fixture in the Chicago area, the show will move to central Indiana for a multi-day education and product exhibition event. According to show organizers, Indianapolis was chosen due to its revitalized downtown, central location in the Midwest and general ease of access for all modes of...