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  • Top It Off: Hot Tub Cover and Lifter Roundup

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    What are the three magic words every hot tub salesperson loves to hear?

    "I'll take it!"

    Not only does that phrase mean you're getting a hot tub out the door, it also means you have an opportunity to add onto the sale (and boost your commission) with accessories that make the hot tub lifestyle even better.

    First up: a hot tub cover. Covers protect the spa from the elements, help maintain proper water chemistry, save energy and offer a safety precaution when the hot...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...

  • August 2016 New Pool and Spa Products

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    This month sees some cool new products on the market, from a new filtration system to inflatable outdoor furniture, just to name a couple. Scroll down for more.

    Pleatco
    Pleatco's new PureStart Pre-Filters are scientifically engineered to overcome the problems associated with tap, ground and...

  • From the NFL...to the Pool and Spa Industry?

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    Jovan Haye knows what it means to shoot for the stars and, more importantly, reach the loftiest of goals. For a long time, that meant focusing on football.

    Born and raised in Jamaica, Haye's football career began at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) as a defensive lineman. He entered the NFL draft in 2005 after his junior year and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers. Haye played professionally until 2011, with standout years for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee...

  • Winter is Coming: 2016 Winterizing Product Roundup

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    As "Game of Thrones" famously proclaimed, "winter is coming." And while summer is still in full swing, winter is indeed on the way for the pool and spa industry as well — and that means it's time for industry pros to prepare for winterizing.

    For many, that means talking to customers about winter pool covers. Start early if you can — now that winterizing season is here, cover manufacturers are in their high season, meaning orders can take a little more time to fulfill. (Starting...

  • Make Easy Money with Slides, Lifts and Rails

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The key to prosperity in the pool business is capturing profits beyond the ordinary and essential products: A pool owner has already made a large financial commitment to the aquatic lifestyle — accessories that enhance the fun and appearance of the pool are the next logical step.

    Rails, ladders, slides and diving boards — and even games like basketball and volleyball — are all items that can be quickly installed without inconveniencing pool owners and impacting swimming time. Better...

  • Why LED Lights are Taking the Industry by Storm

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    The explosion of LED (light emitting diode) technology can be seen through a variety of lenses, but the story is always the same: LEDs are taking over and revolutionizing the lighting industry across the spectrum of applications, including pools, spas and landscaping.

    According to manufacturers serving the aquatics and landscape industries, LEDs now account for well over half of the lighting market for both new installations and the "re-lighting" aftermarket.

    On the new...

  • July 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    Pool heaters, aquatic bikes and vinyl liners are just a few of the new products you’ll find on the market this summer. Scroll down for more!

    Zodiac Pool Systems
    Zodiac Pool Systems announces the release of VersaFlo Integrated Bypass technology for use with Jandy JXi gas heaters. VersaFlo...

  • Trending Now: Aquatic Fitness Products

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    While pools and spas are still popular for their entertainment value, there's a growing segment of the market who'd love to have water in the backyard for another reason: to better their health. For this market, water is the catalyst for relief from aches and pains, rehabilitation for injuries, low-impact exercise, a tough workout or good old relaxation.

    For these customers, swim spas are especially appealing. With a compact footprint, they're ideal for homeowners with small...

  • 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,...