Al Curtis
Al Curtis is the designer and builder for Legendary Escapes Pools. He has pioneered the hybrid vinyl liner/gunite swimming pool, and is known for his unique and innovative custom designs. Also known online as @askthepoolguy, he blogs, does video, training, and events for the pool loving public and fellow industry professionals. He can be found online at
  • Tuesday, November, 25, 2014 Why Vinyl Designers Could Be the Next Big Thing
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    The Latham Tru-Tile system and Kafko Liners are used for both new construction and liner replacements. In this project, the clients chose the Creekstone liner, which is blended with a real ceramic tile border. (Photo courtesy of Legendary Escapes/Al Curtis)

    We get a lot of questions from pool owners and other pool companies about how...

  • Thursday, August, 14, 2014 Work as Art: Why Passion Matters in Your Business
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    According to Al Curtis, above, work isn't just a way to earn money — it's a way to achieve happiness.

    “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.” - Henry David Thoreau 

    We’ve all heard the old saying that if you love what you do, you’ll never work...

  • Tuesday, August, 05, 2014 How Hybrid Pools Can Help Grow Your Business
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    This hybrid pool, located in Ortonville, Mich., has a vinyl-lined body and a gunite sun shelf. Other features include a hand-carved concrete waterfall, rock slide, grotto and poolside pizza oven. (Photo courtesy of Legendary Escapes/Al Curtis)

    I’m a true hybrid — a wild blend of pool guy, philosopher, social media...

  • Thursday, July, 24, 2014 Ask the Pool Guy: Branding Your Business
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    Al Curtis developed a unique brand for his company, Legendary Escapes, by developing “The Pool Guy” persona. Curtis’ face is now a part of company marketing materials, on sweatshirts and even on the truck, positioning Curtis as a pool expert.

    Marketing guru Seth Godin says we live in the “connection...

  • Monday, May, 05, 2014 Ask the Pool Guy: Real Advice to Help You Define Your Niche

    We at AQUA are excited to introduce Al Curtis as our newest contributor. Does the name sound familiar? Curtis is the man behind "Ask the Pool Guy," a site with blogs posts and videos about the art of building pools. In his first piece for AQUA, Curtis explains how he found his niche and grew it into a successful enterprise.