Kathryn Howard
Kathryn (called KT) is getting her feet wet in the pool and spa industry as the newest editor for AQUA. She joined in 2017 after spending a year in New Zealand where she acquainted herself with Kiwi cinema and Kiwi aviation history. A livelong lover of travel and books, she has a library card in four different cities. When she is not reading, writing or traveling, she is probably stuck and requires help. She can be reached at kathryn@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, December, 14, 2017 Swapping the Pool Net for Holiday Lights

    Unless you live in an area that enjoys year-round swimming, the pool season follows a standard ebb and flow: heavy business in the summer followed by a frenzy of pool closings and then…not a whole lot until next season.

    With little to do, service techs are typically laid off around October or November. This cuts down on payroll during the slow season, but it also means owners run the risk of their well-trained techs finding other work that prevents them from returning the following...

  • Tuesday, December, 12, 2017 Builder Rivalry Tempered By 3 Wishes

    Like many pool and spa businesses, Eagles Pool Services (Moncton, New Brunswick) has a local rival: Waterworks Pools & Spas. Regularly bidding for the same jobs is enough to create a sense of competition between firms, but according to Eagles Pool Services owner Cory Eagles, there’s a shared history, to boot. Years before, Eagles worked for Brad Cross, Waterworks’ project manager, before starting his own company.

    “We were both young at the time,” Eagles says. “Probably didn’t...

  • Tuesday, November, 28, 2017 The Hotel with A Pool in Every Room

    Most hotels have one pool and spa for the whole building — and if you're lucky, maybe a sauna, too.

    The Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson in Malaysia, however, is stepping up the hotel pool game by offering one dipping pool for each...

  • Tuesday, November, 21, 2017 This Shed Transforms into an Amazing Barbecue Setup

    Badger, a centuries-old beer line in Great Britain, built the ultimate barbecue shed for one of its customers.

    The shed looks like an ordinary garden shed when it's all put together, but open it up and you'll find everything required for a successful barbecue: a state-of-the-art...

  • Tuesday, November, 07, 2017 The Artist Behind the Pool of Dreams

    The Pool of Dreams, also known as the largest hand-painted pool in the world, is looking for a home.

    Artist Sergio Furnari had been hand-painting pool tiles for years before he came up with the idea for the Pool of Dreams in 2005. The vision of a colossal hand-painted pool grew in his mind until three...

  • Monday, October, 30, 2017 6 Spooky Ways to Dress Up a Pool for Halloween

    Happy Halloween! Pinterest is a goldmine of spooky DIY ideas for bewitching décor, and that includes the swimming pool. Here are just a few ways to get a pool in ghoulish condition for the holiday:

     


    1. Spooky Soak...

  • Thursday, October, 26, 2017 Dining, Nightlife and Attractions: What to Do in Orlando

    Pools by the Hour

    The sharing economy has expanded into the pool industry with the launch of Pool For U, a service where pool owners can rent their pools to swimmers on an hourly basis. In other words, it's Airbnb for pools.

    "Our slogan is bringing summer closer to home," Bunim Laskin, Pool For U CEO, told App.com. "We...

  • Tuesday, October, 10, 2017 Shop Talk: What's the Worst Hot Tub You've Ever Encountered?

    Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Today's question: What's the worst hot tub you've ever encountered?

    Eric Cassidy

    Vice President | Valley Pool & Spa
    Pittsburgh, Penn.

    This...

  • Tuesday, October, 03, 2017 Pooling Together Volunteers

    When Ryan Johnson, owner of Suburban Pool Service (Folsom, Calif.) stopped by the property for the first time, he was taken aback by what he saw — grounds in disarray:

    "The fence was falling over, the grass...