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  • NSPF Instructors Honored

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation honored the organization’s Active Instructors recently for their extraordinary performance over the past year. Many individuals and three companies received awards for their commitment and excellence in keeping pools safer and open. The recipients who attended the annual instructor meeting were given their awards by NSPF representatives just before the twelfth annual World Aquatic Health Conference, which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    “The...

  • ANSI Gives Final Approval to Plaster Standard

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    The American National Standards Institute has given its final approval of the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas. The newest APSP standard will be available for sale in late December.

    This standard covers material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural cementitious finish...

  • 11 New APSP Fellows Honored

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    APSP welcomed its fourth cadre to its Fellows Program during a reception November 9 at the 2015 PSP Expo in Las Vegas.

    The newest Fellows include:  Lew Akins, CBP, Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins; Kyle Chaikin, CBP, CSP, Ultimate Pool Care; Frank H. Goldstein, CBP, CSP, Chesapeake Aquatic Consultants; Steven Gorlin, CBP, CSP, Gorlin Pools and Spas; John Lochren, Solar Pool Enclosures of New York; Jack Manilla, CBP, CSP, Portofino Pools; John Migliaccio, CBP, The Pool & Spa Place;...

  • Builder Awards Go to John Migliaccio and Bill Shehan

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    APSP has recognized John Migliaccio, CBP, The Pool & Spa Place, and Bill Shehan, CBP, Shehan Pools, as the 2015 co-recipients of the CBP Certified Building Professional of the Year Award.

    The CBP of the Year Award, now in its ninth year, is given annually to a CBP who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

    Migliaccio and Shehan received this peer-nominated award during the 2015 International Pool | Spa |...

  • VGB: Cracking The Code

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2015

    When President George W. Bush signed the Virginia Graeme Baker Act into law in 2007, the pool and spa industry gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back for its part in helping craft the bill. No longer would commercial pools and spas pose the suction-entrapment hazard that injured or killed a small-but-preventable number of people every year, including the namesake granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, who drowned after becoming trapped on a hot tub drain in...

  • Young Pros Go Behind the Scenes With Zodiac

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    A large proportion of the industry's most experienced veterans are expected to retire in the next few years. This fact raises the pressing questions: Who will replace them? And how are we developing the next generation of leaders?

    Those were the issues at hand as a promising group of young industry professionals traveled to Zodiac Pool Systems’ headquarters in Vista, Calif., to network, discuss ideas, brainstorm solutions and learn more about manufacturing in the pool and spa...

  • NSPF Announces Merger With Genesis

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation and Genesis 3 have announced that they are merging operations to deliver a broader spectrum of training programs effective January 1, 2016. Genesis will continue to provide education and leadership for the residential pool and spa design and construction industry. NSPF will continue to advocate and promote the interests of public pools. They look to merge their respective swimming pool service professional certification programs to accelerate training...

  • Special APSP Events at Expo

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The 2015 PSP Expo starts in just over a week. As you make plans, consider these two events of special interest:

    Panel Discussion: How do you cope with drought?

    APSP’s Recreational Water Quality Committee is hosting a special EXPO event Nov. 11, 11 am - 2 pm, Tradewinds D, Mandalay Bay, in search of industry solutions for coping with the ongoing drought. The panel discussion will feature Jim Egan, Ph.D., LaMotte Company; Greg Garrett,...

  • Certifications Aligned For International Accreditation

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    APSP has announced a restructuring of its certification program to meet the rigid ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation standards.

    This International Standard specifies requirements for an organization certifying persons against specific requirements, including development and maintenance of a certification program for individuals.

    “As more and more states require APSP certifications for licensure, we must ensure that our certifications become the ‘gold standard’ of the...

  • Business Briefs: October 2015

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    IPSSA Offers Low-Cost Group Liability Insurance

    The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association is pleased to offer pool and spa service professionals a $3 million liability insurance plan that includes HazMat, pollution and pop-up coverage.

    IPSSA members recognize how important it is for individual service professionals to have a comprehensive liability insurance program to support their business, especially in today’s day and age. With that in mind, the organization...