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  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part II)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    All month long, we at AQUA have reveled the winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence competition. Today, it all comes to an end with our final batch of gold winners.

    Below, you’ll find 11 one-of-a-kind projects that represent the best our industry offers. And while all of them are beautifully designed, they also highlight the immense technical prowess required to surmount the inevitable construction challenges that come with pool and spa construction. Sloping hills, complex...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part I)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Hundreds of pool builders each year submit their best works to APSP’s Awards of Excellence competition. And while dozens of honors are handed out, only a select few strike gold.

    Below, take a look at just a few of this year’s gold winning entries, which include razor-sharp Lautner knife edges, sprawling geometrics and more.

    The first half of our gold winners are below; come back Thursday to see the rest. Be sure to click on the images for a better view, too.

    And...

  • Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.

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  • APSP Announces Director for New Western Office

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    APSP announces Jennifer Farwell as the director of its new western office.

    She comes with over 20 years of experience in the sales and operations of various industries. Farwell will deliver educational programming, lead advocacy efforts and drive membership by engaging current members, industry and APSP chapters.

    The western office will serve as an extension of APSP by furthering its effort to develop collaborative opportunities with industry associations in California and...

  • 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: