• Aquatic Freedom For Children with Special Needs

    by Eric Herman October 2016

    For most of us, aquatic exercise and recreation represents a healthful and often pleasurable respite from the rigors of daily life. For people with with disabilities, however, time spent in water can mean much more.

    In the words of Jodi Powell, aquatic instructor for children with disabilities, the water represents nothing less than freedom — “aquatic freedom” to be exact. I came across

  • Sand Filters: Tips for Top Performance

    by Scott Webb October 2016

    It's the simplest of the pool filter media, a material with which anyone who's ever walked on a beach is familiar. And generally speaking, the granular medium just lies there filtering out gunk, but there are still a few sand pitfalls to watch out for and a trick or two you can use to boost filter performance....

  • Introducing APSP’s CBP, CSP, Chapter of the Year Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Every year, APSP recognizes individuals who have done exceptional work in their field. Below are the honorees of this year's CBP award (builder), the CSP award (service) and APSP Chapter of the Year:

    CBP of the Year

    Jason Schallock, CBP, CSP
    General Manager,

  • How to Properly Place and Install Underwater Speakers

    by Paolo Benedetti October 2016

    From the car to the office to even a walk around the neighborhood, people love to take their music with them everywhere they go. Another big one: the gym — nothing takes away the drudgery of a workout than some fast paced tunes. So why shouldn't your swim workout benefit from music as well?

    With the constantly dropping price of underwater speakers and a little planning, audiophiles can now relish their prized tunes even while in the pool.

    Underwater speaker come in a few...

  • October 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Wondering what's new in pool and spa products? Wonder no more! This month, we have quite a selection of innovative items, from a cool new Apple Watch interface and a multipurpose swim spa to four new chemical offerings. Scroll down for more.


  • Pool Industry Expo Celebrates Its 30th Edition

    by Eric Herman October 2016

    Pool Industry Expo celebrated its 30th installment in Monterey, Calif., Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, with a downsized show floor but enthusiastic attendance.

    Although this year’s show was confined to a compressed exhibit layout, due to an in-progress expansion of the Monterey Conference Center, organizers reported strong attendance of 4,513. Because...

  • AOE: It's Gallery Month

    by Scott Webb September 2016

    October is Awards of Excellence month at AQUA, our opportunity to show off fabulous pool and spa designs from builders across North America.

    We set aside this time to focus on the devoted work of the artists whose creations took honors in APSP's annual Awards of Excellence contest. I use the...

  • We're More than 'Suppliers' — We're Partners

    by Chris Golden September 2016

    Sometimes the terms we use to describe things impart meanings that aren’t always accurate, even when those words are widely accepted and used all the time.

    For example, I have to admit that I have a problem being called a “vendor.” Yes, I have been a supplier of products since 1982—and am proud of my role with Taylor Technologies supplying water-testing products to the pool and spa industry and others—but I always...

  • 40 Years Ago: How AQUA Got Started

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    Ever wonder how AQUA came to be? Here's a little bit about our history.

    In September 1976, Newport Beach, Calif., publisher Stuart Karl launched Spa and Sauna, now known as AQUA. In his early 20s, Karl had already found success with a publication serving the waterbed industry and believed he had discovered a similar niche in the growing spa and sauna movement.

    Spa and Sauna had an initial circulation of approximately 3,000 retailers, located mostly in the Western...

  • You Might Be Disrespecting Your Customers — And Losing Sales

    by Mario Rossetti September 2016

    Think about it: Would you show open disrespect to your prospects, customers and clients? If you did, how long would you stay in business? Would they accept open contempt from you and still buy your products and services?

    Your gut answer might be, "No, of course not. I'm never inconsiderate to the people who come to my store." But you'd be surprised by just how common, and how easy it is, for salespeople to fall into the trap that is being discourteous to their customers....