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  • 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...

  • APSP Offers Broad Education Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP will offer more than 27 live virtual and online self-paced courses this fall and winter, a comprehensive education schedule design to meet a wide range of needs. Course topics range from pool and spa construction, maintenance and retailing, providing a convenient opportunity to develop and hone skills among company staff.

    Live virtual and online formats allow students to receive training without travel expenses, and computerized testing tracks skill development on a day-to-day...

  • Course of Action: APSP’s Education Program Evolving

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2016

    Mid-June is a busy time of the year for Bob Blanda, owner of Mill Bergen Pools in Brooklyn, N.Y. Salespeople are swamped, construction crews are crazy and Bob is hard to get on the phone. We did eventually track him down in his car, driving from one work site to another.

    "Right now, I could really use eight more guys who know what they're doing. But they're not around," he says. "Anybody who's worth their salt is busy, and if there is somebody floating around looking for work,...

  • 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...