• A Glass-Bottomed Pool in the Sky

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    You're strolling through Linear Park in London when a friend says, "Hey, check out that pool!"

    You look to the right. You look to the left. You turn a complete circle. Seeing nothing, you shrug. She points straight up.


  • Hot Servers Heat Paris Pool

    by Scott Webb June 2016

    For years, the role of computers in recreational water has been growing. From smartphone apps that turn on spa heaters to CAD-based design programs and 3-D virtual renderings to online shopping for pool supplies, computers have become an omnipresent feature of the pool and spa business.

    Until now, however, they had not been used to heat pools.

    That is about to change. A pool at the Butte aux Cailles centre, a health and wellness facility located in one of Paris' historic...

  • The Unreal Future of Pool Design

    by Cailley Hammel June 2016

    Watching Noah Nehlich demonstrate Structure Studios' latest innovation is like watching a magic trick. First, he puts on the floor something that resembles a mouse pad. Then he holds up an iPad. Suddenly, a pool appears on the screen as if it were installed into the very floor on which we stand.

    As Nehlich walks around the mouse pad on the ground, called a track pad, he can see the pool from all sides. With a press of a button, he can swap the pool for a different shape, size,...

  • Test For Success

    by Scott Webb June 2016

    Good news: Pool and spa retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada continue to report growth this year from pool and spa sales to accessories and outdoor living products. But the biggest challenge to industry retailers remains protecting their share of the market against competition from big box retailers and online merchandisers.

    In the battle for today's pool and spa customer, too many retailers try to take on the behemoths head-to-head in the price arena, the home stadium of Amazon...

  • The Basics of Buoyancy

    by Eric Herman June 2016

    The fact that humans float in water is at the heart of why pools and spas exist in the first place. Yet, for as critical as buoyancy may be, do we really understand how it works? For most, including those of us in the pool and spa industry, the honest answer is we probably don’t, at least not with any scientific specificity.

    In the spirit of sharing basic information about aquatics and the science behind it, here’s a brief primer on buoyancy.

    For starters, buoyancy is...

  • ...And the APSP Award Goes To...

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    We all want to belong to something. And making that something better, stronger and more successful is what association membership is all about.

    Traditionally, awards programs are a way to show gratitude to volunteers, encourage achievement and reward accomplishment. This year, APSP is enhancing its awards program to honor and recognize the many people who contribute to the success of the industry through their involvement with the Association. Mixing traditional categories with new...

  • Florida Homeowner Finds 100+ Frogs in Pool

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Spring is traditionally the mating season in the animal kingdom, and while the sight of baby geese and deer can bring a smile to our faces, it can also on occassion cause some serious frustration.

    Tony Summa of Edgewater, Fla., knows from experience. Last month, while checking on the backyard pool, he was shocked...

  • Sensory Sales for the New Consumer

    by Ted Lawrence June 2016

    June 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Water treatments, spas, rail goods and more — these new products have the industry talking this summer. Check 'em out!

    For thousands of years, people have been using water from the Dead Sea to treat skin problems, rejuvenate their appearance,...

  • Prevent Fraud with Proper Cash Drawer Management

    by Christina Braks May 2016

    Over the years, I’ve been surprised at the stories I’ve heard from business owners that experienced employee fraud or embezzlement.  Many times, the situation was preventable with a little oversight and tight process control.   Believe it or not, the easiest place to start is your cash drawers.

    Below are a few simple pointers for proper cash drawer management that will reduce your risk and hopefully make your bookkeeper a little happier.

    1. Always – and I mean always...