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  • 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...

  • Fiberglass Manufacturers Council Forms

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The APSP Board of Directors has approved the formation of a Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers Council. Curt Prystupa, Sun Fiberglass Pools, was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Council and Jason Hughes, River Pools & Spas, was appointed to serve as the Council's Co-Chair. Other APSP member companies participating on the Council include Alaglas Pools, Barrier Reef Pools, Latham Pool Products, Inc., Lonestar Fiberglass Pools, Tallman Pools and Thursday Pools.

    Members of the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The submission site for the 2016 Awards of Excellence is now open.

    This year, APSP has made a change to the usual schedule for submission of entries for the International Awards of Excellence. By popular demand, the entry period has been moved forward to allow for earlier submissions and thus alleviate the time crunch in the summer. The submission period is now open and will run through June 30, 2016. Visit our submission portal to...

  • APSP Announces Consumer Financing

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The goal is to help make pool, spa and hot tub ownership a reality for more people.


    APSP has announced it will work with Prosper, a leading online lending marketplace, to offer its members a consumer-friendly financing option that they can make available to their customers who are interested in pool, spa or hot tub ownership.

    “We want more people to enjoy the benefits of our industry’s products so we are making it easier for our members to sell more with...

  • ESCAPE Consumer Campaign Begins

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The national campaign to market pools and hot tubs directly to potential customers has begun. The consumer-focused campaign began on Dec. 1 with digital ads on a variety of platforms. The goal is to build growth in pool and hot tub sales over time, measuring results and tracking trends, using digital platforms that can be sustained long term.

    The ESCAPE campaign is designed as a vehicle for reintroducing American consumers to the desirability of owning a pool, spa or hot tub. To...

  • 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...