- Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence
by AQUA Editors May 2017
The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.
Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...
- Stars are Aligned for the Pool and Spa Industry
by Peter Ricchiuti May 2017
This economic recovery (now in its 90th month) is the third-longest, and most ignored, expansion on record. By calendar standards it seems to be "late in the game," but we may well go into "extra innings." As Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, notes, "In this recovery, companies have never overstaffed, overbuilt or over-inventoried."
We still don't see the telltale signs of a stretched recovery or a looming recession. Interest rates remain...
- Can You Hear Me Now?
by Corey B. Rimmer, ARM, CRIS, RRE, CNA Insurance Risk Control Director April 2017
Do you think you could be held liable if one of your employees causes an accident and injures another party while driving a company vehicle or using his or her personal vehicle while engaged in business-related activities?
Want to Maximize Your Coverage? Consider Becoming APSP Certified
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- APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia
by AQUA Editors April 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association. Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:
• Industry best practice
"We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...
- Cal Hypo: The Facts
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2017
Calcium Hypochlorite, or cal hypo, is just about the most common, run-of-the-mill pool product you can think of, a staple of chlorine water sanitizing for decades and decades. However, that familiarity often breeds benign ignorance of cal hypo's particular features compared to other forms of chlorine and how these characteristics can affect water quality.
Cal hypo is a concentrated source of chlorine in solid form and provides an easy method of delivering chlorine to the water. It...
- What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?
by Andrew Brown March 2017
Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"
Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...
- All About Alkalinity
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) February 2017
Balancing pool and spa water is perhaps the fundamental job of the service pro, and total alkalinity is a key parameter in that process.
- Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard
by Barrett Kilmer February 2017
Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.
But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...
- APSP: Expo Exposed!
by APSP January 2017
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was truly where it all came together for the pool and spa industry. Council meetings, seminars, training and parties took center stage as members mingled, conducted business and renewed acquaintances. Award winners were celebrated and recognized by their peers, leaving us all with a great reminder of what is good and honorable in our industry.
- APSP University Announces Winter Courses
by AQUA Editors January 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.
"We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."
The list of classes includes: