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  • APSP’s International Partners Host APSP University Courses Abroad

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    APSP expanded its educational offerings with international partners by conducting two training programs in Mexico and the United Kingdom this past November.

    The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association held the first Certified Hot Tub Technician course in the United Kingdom on November 27-29. Held at the Pollet Pool Group in Newbury, the three-day course ushered in a new era in hot tub training for U.K.-based professionals.

    “We’re so pleased to be able to roll out this...

  • APSP's 2017 In Review: An Aggressive Agenda

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2018

    By any measure, 2017 was a good year for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The trade group invested heavily in education and advocacy, its core competencies, and created a commercial council and a networking group for budding pool pros, all while managing to end the fiscal year in the black. Rich Gottwald, APSP's president and CEO, is understandably proud of what his staff, the volunteers and the association's membership accomplished in the past year and the firm footing it...

  • APSP Water Conservation Efficiency Standard Approved by ANSI

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announce that the American National Standards Institute has approved its ANSI/APSP/ICC-13 2017 American National Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency in Residential and Public Pools, Spas, Portable Spas and Swim Spas.

    This Standard covers methods and technologies to increase the efficient use and conservation of water. It applies to both new and existing facilities to address water use by pools, spas, portable spas and swim spas,...

  • International Alliance Launched to Advance Global Pool and Spa Industry

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    Representatives from 16 countries gathered at the Aquanale conference in Cologne, Germany, last month to form the World Alliance of Pool & Spa Associations, or WAPSA. The United States, represented by APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald, joins Australia, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey in the new union.

    Designed to protect and promote the industry, the WAPSA will specifically...

  • APSP Names New CEO

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    APSP announced this afternoon that its board of directors has unanimously voted to install industry veteran Lawrence Caniglia as its new president and CEO.

    Caniglia comes from NESPA, where he served as the organization’s executive director for nearly 14 years. In his position, he provided benefits and services to nearly 850-member companies while also directing activities of the NESPA Foundation. In September, he

  • APSP's CMS Course Now Available Online

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    APSP announces the new online format for its Certified Maintenance Specialist Course. The CMS course gives industry students a foundation in understanding all aspects of pool and spa maintenance.

    Designed to meet the needs of today’s industry students, the self-paced online format features videos, interactive exercises and quizzes. Course attendees have the option to purchase the full course or a specific module, such as...

  • PSP Expo Receives High Marks in Orlando

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Show organizers report the 2017 PSP Expo, held Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, Fla., was a rousing success. More than 9,500 pool, spa and outdoor living professionals, representing 49 states and 73 countries, attended. A total of 463 companies exhibited on the expo floor, 56 of which were in the Outdoor Living Pavilion.

    This year’s special events — the Welcome Party at Howl at the Moon and the PSP Block Party — received the highest turnout in years.

    “It was unclear how Hurricane Irma...

  • APSP Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    APSP announces the appointments of two new members to its board of directors: Scott Frost of Zodiac Pool Systems and Jon Viner of Bio-Lab.

    “We are honored to have Scott and Jon join our board of directors,” says Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of APSP. “As we continue to move the industry forward, their experience will be an invaluable asset to APSP.”

    Jon Viner is the president of Bio-Lab, Inc, the global pool chemical...

  • Cleaning Up Flooded Pools and Spas

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) November 2017

    Along with death and widespread destruction, this fall's hurricanes in Florida and Texas left tens of thousands of pools and spas contaminated with floodwaters and debris. The problem is not limited to hurricane zones, as flooding occurs on a large and small scale in low-lying areas across North America.

    Restoring pools and spas to a condition fit for use is not as simple as some might think. Homeowners must assume that floodwaters are contaminated with chemicals, fertilizers, oils,...

  • APSP Joins Forces With Mexican Trade Association

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina A.C. have announced an international partnership, bringing together two respected organizations committed to the advancement of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and APPAC President Ignacio Barroso signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry in...