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  • NESPA Releases Results from 2017 Pool & Spa Industry Survey

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    NESPA has released the results of its second annual industry survey, a report that covers business trends, insights and strategies among pool and spa professionals in the Northeastern U.S.

    "Keeping our fingers on the pulse of our industry is essential for NESPA so that we can best serve our members and help our members best serve their customers,” says NESPA President Irene Insignares.  "As a business owner, having the chance to see what other companies are trying in the areas of...

  • Up In Your Grill: The Basics of Selling Grills

    by Kathryn Howard May 2017

    From neighborhood tailgates to elaborate backyard installations, grills are everywhere you look. In fact, according to a story from the L.A. Times, three out of four U.S. adults own a grill or smoker. Given that impressive statistic, it’s no surprise pool and spa retailers are increasingly adding grills to showrooms, eager to tap into a thriving market.

    However, retailers who wish to venture into grills are faced with an abundance of options, with gas, charcoal and wood pellet...

  • Sizing Up Saunas

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    When talking to sauna enthusiasts and those who sell them, the experience and health benefits are almost always a primary focus, many of which are well known and have been widely discussed for years — if not decades.

    They are quick to point out that saunas help prevent fatal heart attacks,...

  • Workers Comp: How to Keep Costs Down

    by Phillip M. Perry April 2017

    Every company wants happy and healthy employees. When workplace accidents occur, it’s critically important to help the injured people recover and return to their jobs as quickly as possible. Workers compensation insurance plays an essential role by paying for medical treatment and protecting employers from civil lawsuits.

    What’s good for employee health, though, can be bad for the bottom line. Experience too many workplace accidents, or fail to identify and deal adequately with...

  • Spa Soup: Why We Dump Spa Water

    by Robert W. Lowry April 2017

    Customers who are new to hot tub ownership, and even longtime owners, are always surprised — and a bit skeptical — when told they should drain their spa as often as three months. "That sounds like a lot of work. Is that really necessary?" they ask. Well, in short, yes.

    RELATED:How to Lengthen the Life of Spa Water

    The average person brings 100 million bacteria into the...

  • APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association.
 Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:

        •    Education
        •    Industry best practice
        •    Advocacy
        •    Research

    "We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...

  • Dealers Give Back During Incentive Trip to Hawaii

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    More than 330 travelers representing the Watkins Wellness family of brands traveled to Hawaii in February to celebrate their success and achievements over the past year.

    The trip was the finale of the 2016 Watkins Wellness Incentive Program, which rewards dealers who excel in the industry and reach their annual goals. This year, the trip sent dealers on an all-expense-paid trip to a “Pacific Paradise” at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, in Hawaii.

    In addition to...

  • Chloramines in Source Water

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) April 2017

    Many pool and spa pros know the main source of "combined chlorine" or chloramines in pools and spas is from the reaction of chlorine sanitizer with bather perspiration and waste. Less known is the fact that many municipalities use chloramines to treat tap water — a process known as chloramination — and thus unwanted chloramines are added to pools or spas when they're filled or topped up using public water.

    Chloramination is a process that mixes free chlorine (usually chlorine gas)...

  • Alice Cunningham: Why I Love 'The Power of Why'

    by Alice Cunningham April 2017

    Back in January, I began a discussion in AQUA about informational resources from outside our industry that might help fuel both individual and shared success. I’d like to continue down that path here with a look at one of the truly visionary business leaders, authors and thinkers working these days – Simon...

  • pHin: Here To Stay

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    Quick Recap

    What is pHin?

    pHin is a water sensor that continually measures pH, ORP, and temperature. Once a month, the mobile app asks the customer to use a test strip, which it scans to access free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid.

    How does it work?

    Homeowners and/or

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