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  • 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...

  • APSP Courses, Computerized Testing At Expo

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    APSP University announces five certification courses scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers and hot tub and service providers at the 2016 International Pool | Spa |Patio Expo, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. 

    The lineup of APSP University courses includes: 

    PSCC Pool & Spa Construction Course - Designed for novice and experienced pool and spa builders, as well as designers who need to know more about...

  • APSP’s Vegas CBP Class Reg. Closes Next Week

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    APSP University is pleased to announce that it will give its CBP Certified Building Professional Prep Course and Exam at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, hosted by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) will take place September 16 and 17.  The $899 registration fee includes the following: the online self-paced Pool & Spa Construction Course, online self-paced Cracking the CBP Exam course, the in-person CBP Prep Course along with the APSP Builders...

  • Step Up Your Game with Industry Education

    by Merry Wise July 2016

    There was a time when the technology of building and servicing pools and spas remained fairly static, and product retail seemed straightforward. You could make it on a corner store with mom and pop and a guess and a handshake. Those days are long gone! You can no longer wing it in the challenging, complex and sophisticated modern business climate we face today. Continual education for yourself, your employees and even your customers has to be part of your plan to compete in the pool and spa...

  • Registration Open for 2016 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    Registration is now open for the 2016 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. This year, the exposition returns to New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the first time since 2012. The conference program will be held October 30 to November 4, and the expo hall will be openNov. 2-4, 2016.

    Last year’s exposition drew 11,556 total attendees. This year’s exposition will feature over 525 companies in 137,600 square feet of exhibit space.

    “We’ve...

  • Easy Pool/Spa Chemical Formulas

    by Bob Lowry May 2016

    I know what you are thinking when you see a chemical symbol, equation or formula. You are saying to yourself, "Oh no! I hate chemical formulas." And you immediately scan the rest of the article to see how many more of these formulas there are. If there are a lot of them you usually decide not to read the rest of the article or at least skip the formulas. I used to be the same way and I still...

  • Educating the Industry with Water in Motion

    by Lenny Giteck April 2016

    As show organizers considered the impending Pool & Spa show in Atlantic City this year, they decided to plan something really special to help educate industry members on the nuances of pool hydraulics. And playing on a number of references both in and outside the industry, they decided to call it "The Wall."

    Primarily the brainchild of Trish McCormick, manager of NESPA's The Pool & Spa Show, and Paulette Pitrak, NESPA's deputy executive director, The Wall was developed as...

  • WAHC Opens Registration

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    Registration has opened for the 2016 World Aquatic Health Conference. The three-day event, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, is taking place at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., October 19-21.

    This scientific and educational conference is offering participants an early registration rate of $445 and can save attendees as much as $150 when purchased between April 1 and May 31. A 2016 special is being...

  • SE Show Moving to Nashville

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Organizers of The Southeast Pool and Spa Show have announced the event is moving to the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. for 2017. For the past two years, the show was held in the Charlotte Convention Center, where it had moved from its previous home in Atlanta.

    This is in line with a small trend in certain pool and spa shows, which in recent years have shown willingness to switch locations to help ease travel burdens for some attendees and make the show more accessible. (PSP...

  • The Western Pool & Spa Show: A Comforting Tradition

    by Eric Herman March 2016

    I attended my first Western Pool & Spa Show way back in 1990, when it was held in Pasadena instead of its current long-time home in Long Beach, Calif.Over the ensuing years, I’ve attended (I think) 11 installments, the latest being this past March 10-12. 

    Right as I walked into this...