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  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Silver

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Last week we kicked off our Awards of Excellence month by looking at the impressive batch of bronze-winning projects, and this week, we’re onto silver — and trust us, they do not disappoint.

    RELATED:2017 AOE Bronze Winners

    Dazzling freeforms, luxurious spas, creative lighting and impressive...

  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • How to Decontaminate Spas and Kiddie Pools

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) September 2017

    Contamination of small vessels of water can take many forms, including slime, cloudy water, musty odors, vomit, and feces among others. Buildup of contaminants can result in threats to bather health, which can include rashes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, respiratory distress or worse. Therefore, a water replacement strategy enabling the complete decontamination of the vessel should be part of the preventative maintenance schedule. Water replacement is more viable due to the small scale of...

  • The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2017

    Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.

    "Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...

  • 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:

  • The Future of VGB

    by APSP July 2017

    On the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, APSP testified on Capitol Hill and called upon senators to recognize and support statewide adoption of the...

  • Registration Opens for International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Registration is open for the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 2014. The exposition, sponsored by APSP, will be held November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. Pre-show conference begins October 29 with extensive educational offerings throughout the duration of the show days.

    The largest exposition of its kind in North America, the 2014 event attracted 11,103 total attendees and 552 exhibiting...

  • APSP Approves $1.3 Million Education Revamp

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    The APSP Board of Directors approved a $1.3 million investment in education and training initiatives last week to meet the challenge of finding, hiring and educating qualified workers and to develop career paths within the industry.

    The initiative will include upgrading all existing certification courses and developing new courses for both online and classroom consumption with an eye on young workers coming into the workforce. It will position APSP as an accredited education...

  • Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program

    by Barrett Kilmer June 2017

    May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.

    One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...