• October 2015 Product Focus: Automatic Pool Cleaners

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Interested in a new automatic pool cleaner for your customers — or your own truck? Check out this impressive list of new and popular APCs on the market. 

    RELATED: How To Sell Extra APCs



  • Incidental Profits

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    A successful pool and spa business takes advantage of every chance to pick up a sale. A prime opportunity can often crop up in the casual, friendly interactions that occur on a daily pool service route between a tech and a customer.

    The backyard service tech using an APC to clean a pool is actually providing an informal demo presentation just like the Juiceman rep at Costco. Only the audience doesn't realize it's being sold. In these situations, the customer observes the process of...

  • 60-Mil On The Surface

    by Eric Herman October 2015

    The words "vinyl liner" mean different things to different people. For most, the familiar term refers to the colorful, waterproof barrier that hangs from the sides of affordable package pools. But there is another liner application that, while less well known, could serve as an alternative to plaster, exposed aggregate, pool paint or fiberglass as a resurfacing option.

    It involves welding 60-mil PVC membranes over a pool's worn out interior surface. The installer uses membrane...

  • 2015 Awards Of Excellence Bronze Winners, Part 1

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Each year, APSP honors talented pool and spa builders with the International Awards of Excellence. These awards are bestowed upon projects that embody creativity, a forward-thinking spirit and, of course, beauty. The contest sees hundreds of applications from all over the globe, yet every entrant has one thing in common: membership in APSP.

    We will display this year's winners throughout the month of October, starting with the Bronze Awards, which were given to a bevy of spectacular...

  • October 2015 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Looking for something new? Check out this list of some of the newest stuff on the market:


    Water Tech
    Water Tech now offers spa retailers the perfect add-on sale for spas —...

  • The Singer and the Swan

    by AQUA Editors September 2015

    Almost everything Taylor Swift does feeds into popular media, so it was only a matter of time before she created a small sensation for the aquatics industry. The...

  • Comin' Down Fast

    by Eric Herman September 2015

    From the classic blue fiberglass slides of the '60s and '70s to the composite materials and dynamic variety of today's models, waterslides have without doubt come a long...

  • At Last — The Fun Issue Is Here

    by Scott Webb August 2015

    Likely coming in the mail today is an historic issue of AQUA Magazine — The Fun Issue.

    It is the first issue in the history of the industry to focus on the reason for its existence — the joy of pools and spas and the...

  • August 2015 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors August 2015

    This month, we take a look at a new hot tub model, an exciting new line of outdoor structures, a fun basketball hoop for the pool — and more. Want to see your products in AQUA? Send an email to


  • Dear Tom Brady: Winter Pool Covers CAN Come in White

    by AQUA Editors August 2015

    Tom Brady has once again made headlines — not for football, but for his winter safety cover.

    As Brady fights his four-game suspension ruling for his role in the Deflategate scandal, a massive collection of his emails has been made public — and it turns out, there’s some pretty interesting stuff in there.

    Last October, the NFL quarterback looked into getting a winter safety cover for the backyard. Upon learning the cost of the cover ($8,300) and the installation ($240)...