• 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...

  • APSP Holds California Drought Meeting

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    APSP held a California drought meeting on September 28 in Irvine with Southern California Chapter members to talk about recent successes before city councils and ways to engage all industry members for future meetings.

    John Withers, an elected Board Member from the Irvine Ranch Water District, also spoke to the group regarding regional and statewide water supply problems. He urged the industry to stay strong in making the case that pools and spas are not a problem, but an economic,...

  • APSP Helps Shape Federal Pump Regs

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The federal agency in charge of writing efficiency regulations for pool pumps has appointed a number of APSP members to a small group that will attempt to reach a consensus on pump efficiency standards.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee selected following APSP members: Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Patrizio Fumagalli, Bestway, USA, Inc.; Paul Lin, Regal Beloit Corporation; Ray Mirzaei, Waterway; and Doug Philhower,...

  • NSPF Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation, known for its CPO certification courses, handbooks and World Aquatic Health Conference, is celebrating 50 years of work in the aquatics industry. A reception honoring the organization was held yesterday at the Desert Foothills in Arizona.

    But how did NSPF get to where it is today? Take a look back at the history:

    Back in the 1960s, there was an...

  • 2015 Awards Of Excellence Bronze Winners, Part 2

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

  • Awards Announced, Fan Voting Begins

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Recipients of the 45th annual International Awards of Excellence (AOE) have already been revealed in the October issue of AQUA Magazine, but this year's Fan Voting has just begun. All 70 award-winning installations are eligible for the Fan Favorite Award. Each installation can be viewed at where anyone can vote for their favorite installation and then share it on social media. Voting begins today and runs...

  • Awards of Excellence 2015: Tracing The Arc

    by Scott Webb October 2015

    This month we announce the 2015 winners of the International Awards of Excellence. For many years, going back to the old NSPI days, APSP has taken the time and effort to recognize great pool and spa construction with the AOEs, and we at AQUA are excited to present this fine work on their behalf.

    We will release a series of slideshows throughout October, depicting all the winners, starting with the Bronze recipients and finishing with the Golds. I hope you take a little time to click...