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  • 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...

  • What the Heck are 'Wave Balls'?

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    While adults love a smooth glassy pool surface to cut through with their steady swim strokes, kids who play in the water just want some wave action. But creating waves requires the movement of enormous amounts of heavy water, which takes a great deal of energy.

    Unless you use...

  • Melding Old and New

    by Kurt Kraisinger December 2016

    I've always been old school when it comes to creating the art used to communicate design ideas to our clients. When studying landscape...

  • How is a $40 Million Project Like a $40,000 Project?

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    Aquatic environments come in a variety of shapes, settings and sizes, from a 10-foot backyard aboveground that barely fits the whole family to a resort waterpark serving over a million visitors in a single season.

    And yet, it's still just water.

    We asked Kent Wood, P.E., engineering manager at Water Technology, a company that designs and engineers aquatic megaprojects the world over, how the process of achieving a massive waterpark compares to a 12-by-20-foot package...

  • Key Misunderstandings and Problems in Pool Water Chemistry (Part II)

    by Bob Lowry December 2016

    Welcome back our discussion of key misunderstandings in pool and spa water chemistry. In our first installment, we covered a variety of issues that all interrelate in the overall water chemistry scheme. We continue examining these key facets of pool and spa water treatment here.

    We'll begin with misunderstanding No. 5 — to see the first four,