• PHTA Announces New Supplement to Plaster Standard

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced this week that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas was approved by the American National Standards Institute on May 10. The new supplement impacts the way that industry professionals plaster pools and spas. 

    "We are excited that our PHTA Standard Writing Committee for the Plastering of Pools and Spas was able to address plastering applications in cold temperatures and further...

  • Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant Awarded

    by AQUA Editors July 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Education Conference & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.  

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a...

  • Promote and Inform: How PHTA Affects Change from D.C.

    by Daniel Seeger May 2019

    Editor’s note: This article went to press coincident with the merger of APSP and NSPF into the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. As such, it retains references to APSP, true to source quotes used in the story and the original text as written by Dan Seeger. Future articles about the merged organization will refer only to the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.

    Plenty of people have reported high levels of exhaustion from the simple act of trying to keep up with the news in recent years....

  • APSP/NSPF Alliance Underway — Details to Follow

    by Scott Webb April 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance officially launched April 1, unifying the former NSPF and APSP. While crucial details of the merger — who will lead the Alliance as permanent CEO, where the new headquarters will be located, what staff will be retained, how the two organizations will mesh their respective programs, etc. — have not been worked out, the paperwork of the historic union has been signed and the new organization is operating...

  • APSP Releases New Public Pool/Spa Standard

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    APSP has announced the newly revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas, which features significant changes that will impact pool and spa service professionals across the nation. 

    The new Standard is the first comprehensive, data-driven and knowledge-based national Standard for pool and spa water quality and chemistry. It is ideal for understanding the minimum guidelines surrounding water quality parameters in public swimming pools and spas for...

  • APSP and NSPF To Merge, Completing the Work of 2016

    by Scott Webb January 2019

    Today, APSP and NSPF surprised the industry by announcing the two organizations would merge into one, The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, with a single CEO and a single board of directors. Such a merger was attempted three years ago, but ultimately failed as the two organizations began to contemplate the difficult details that would be required.

    This time the approach is different. Both CEOs, Tom Lachocki of NSPF and Larry Caniglia of APSP, are leaving, making way for a single new...

  • APSP Unveils Online Course for Pool and Spa Retailers

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is rolling out a new online, self-paced course for pool and spa retailers called Certified Pool & Spa Retail Professional (CRP).

    Designed for those interested in running a successful swimming pool and spa business, the eight-hour interactive course introduces the core principles of pool and spa operations and best practices for sales and customer service. Topics covered in the course include retail housekeeping, retail environment...

  • In Memoriam: Larry Biscornet

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    On December 31, 2018, former APSP Board Chair Lawrence (Larry) Biscornet passed away in Safety Harbor, Florida. Biscornet was active in the pool and spa industry for more than 50 years; he was the owner of LBI Swimming Pools and Spas in New Rochelle, N.Y., but he also made industry activism a priority, serving in several leadership positions with NSPI, APSP, NESPA and the NESPA NY/NJ Metro Chapter.

    In addition to his leadership service, Larry was recognized as an APSP Fellow in...

  • APSP Honors 2018 Fellows

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    The rank of APSP Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. Nominees for the rank of APSP Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the APSP Fellows Program.


  • Meet 2018's Young Professionals of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Veteran pool and spa pros have survived the Great Recession, successfully battled online competition and kept pace with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. The next hurdle, however, is especially steep: finding young leaders to replace them.

    Fortunately, APSP has identified a budding class of young professionals who have proven the future of the industry is in capable hands. Take a look at the winners of the 2018 Young Professionals award below — these are the names you’re...