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  • Southeast Pool & Spa Show Changes 2018 Show Dates

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To prevent a conflict with Orlando’s Everything Under the Sun Expo, the Southeast Pool & Spa Show is moving it 2018 show dates. Per the announcement:

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the Florida Show had to move their show dates to one week earlier for 2018. By doing this, the show overlapped with the Southeast Show in Nashville. While we don't feel it would affect the attendees, we do recognize that it could affect some vendors. After reaching out to a number of...

  • Hot Tub Troubleshooters

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?

    A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...

  • APSP University Announces PSP Expo Course Lineup

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals APSP University announces its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

    APSP University Certification Courses offered include:

  • FSPA Creates Technical College Course to Attract New Industry Pros

    by Kathryn Howard July 2017

    To help draw more job candidates to the pool and spa industry, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is developing a 600-hour course that will be offered at Manatee Technical College (Bradenton, Fla.).

    Plans for the course began when Mary Anderson, education program manager for FSPA, met with MTC’s president at a conference.

    “We started talking and came to the realization that there has not been a program specific for the swimming pool industry,” she says. “We could create...

  • Free Marketing Training Offered at 2-Day Online Conference

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Interested in learning more about modern marketing strategies and how they can help your small business thrive? Pool and spa retailers, builders and service pros are invited to attend the Local Business Marketing Summit, a free two-day online event for local business owners June 27 to 28. Hosted by the Local Marketing Institute, a...

  • Genesis & NSPF: Happy Together

    by Eric Herman May 2017

    When the National Swimming Pool Foundation acquired Genesis (originally Genesis 3) back in November 2015, many in the industry were surprised, at least at first.

    On one side of the deal, NSPF serves the industry with programs that focus on the needs of professionals who operate commercial pool and spa facilities, chiefly through its CPO program that trains upwards of 30,000 pool operators each year. Founded in 1963, the foundation is similarly well known for its ongoing efforts to...

  • Aquanale Coming to Cologne

    by Scott Webb May 2017

    Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the International Exhibition for Open Spaces, Sports and Swimming Facilities, will take place this year at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne November 7 to 10.

    Based on early indications, show organizers are expecting a similarly high level of interest in 2017 to that seen in Aquanale 2015, which drew 288 exhibitors from 30 countries (share of...

  • Solving Our Labor Shortage

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    It’s been the same story for years: the availability of young talent, or lack thereof, remains a vexing issue for the pool and spa industry. Our industry simply doesn't know how to draw young people into the fold.

    The issue was on my mind recently when I saw a press release about an annual competition that might hold some answers, or at least point the industry in a fresh direction. It’s called the

  • In Memoriam: Don Burns, Former CPSA Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Don Burns, former executive director of the California Pool and Spa Industry Education Council (formerly SPEC, now known as CPSA), passed away early Tuesday morning from heart complications.

    In his 30-year tenure as the head of CPSA, Burns made it his mission to advocate for industry professionals not just in California, but nationwide. He had a keen...

  • Pools on the Airwaves

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    Like thousands of service company owners across the nation, Michael Miller runs his business offering pool service, repair, renovation and retail, all week long. Miller Pools in Pasadena, Texas, services about 750 pools weekly, has three repair trucks, 13 service trucks, a retail store and showroom, and employs 33 full-time employees. He is also president of APSP's Houston chapter.

    Five days a week, he's a busy pool guy. But on the sixth day, Michael Miller steps away from his daily...