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  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

    Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando,...

  • 6 Pool Shapes That Complement Their Surroundings

    by Josh Atkinson, Houzz January 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert shares just a few examples of pool designs that harmonize with the existing home.

    Finding...

  • 4 Keys To A Solid Heater Choice

    by Jeff Holmquist January 2017

    Pool heating is widely considered a luxury in the residential pool market. Sure, a pool heater isn't needed for the swimming pool to be clean and functional, but when you think about why people have swimming pools, it's not because they are a necessity. It's because they add to a pool owner's quality of life. As pool professionals, we're tasked with ensuring that our customers' quality of life is always improved through the perfect pool experience, and to do that, pool heating cannot be...

  • A Red, Red Wine Spa – And More!

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    Cleopatra was known to have bathed in wine, an indulgence one might expect of one of history's most decadent figures. These days, modern bathers have the same opportunity at Japan's Yunessun Spa Resort where owners have decided...

  • APSP University Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.

    "We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."

    The list of classes includes:

  • 6 Water Features That Venture Into Poolside Fantasy

    by Katherine Caviness, Houzz January 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, pro builder Katherine Caviness identifies a few eye-catching water features that can take your project to the next...

  • What Makes A Top-Notch Pool Salesperson?

    by Christopher Anderson January 2017

    If you look at the industry 20 years ago, pool sales were based on a whole bunch of templates. It was very much a menu of variations on standard models. Now, it's an entirely different game — as pools have evolved into comprehensive outdoor environments, the process of selling has evolved, too.

    In the broadest sense, sales and design go hand in hand. The best salespeople have creative minds and emit positive energy that ingratiates them to clients. However, I think it's equally...

  • Test Killers: Common Water Testing Interferences and How to Avoid Them

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) January 2017

    Maintaining good water quality is almost impossible without accurate water testing. And in most cases, water testing is simple and straightforward. However, there are instances when poor water quality or other circumstances cause erroneous test results. These circumstances or mistakes are called "interferences" because they impede or obstruct the simple scientific reactions we use to obtain an accurate test. Another way of looking at it is: If nothing is allowed to interfere with the...

  • Chemical Mistake Prompts Resort Evacuation

    by Eric Herman January 2017

    Two maintenance workers at a Door County, Wisc., were sent to a hospital Wednesday morning after pool chemicals were improperly mixed, according to a report on local news station WBAY. The mixture caused a reaction that in turn formed vapors, making it difficult for people at the resort to breathe. The resort was evacuated as a result.

    Guests at Westwood Shores Waterside Resort left...

  • An Age of Design

    by Eric Herman December 2016

    When we talk about "design," what are we really talking about?

    Naturally, the answer varies on the type of design being considered and certainly the person answering the question. Plus, there's always the "eye of beholder" principle: One person's idea of great design might to another look like an...