Following the celebration of National Water Safety Month, the 2019 World's Largest Swimming Lesson will...
With the North American economic engine running at about 3,000 rpm with pools and spas going in...
Editor’s note: This article went to press coincident with the merger of APSP and NSPF into the...
by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee 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...
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...
by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee 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.
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...
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.
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:
As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?
by Scott Webb January 2017
When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.
More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...
In a surprise announcement today, APSP and NSPF said they were ending efforts aimed toward the unification promised in April of 2016. At that time, the two organizations declared that they would join together for the good of the industry, providing new focus for advocacy efforts.
Over the months since the initial declaration that the groups would merge, speculation has grown as to the shape of the new combined...
by Barrett Kilmer December 2016
On November 1, Jack Manilla will begin his first term as chair of the APSP Board of Directors. It'll be the culmination of more than 20 years of service to the industry, both as owner of Portofino Pool Services in...