• Learning for Leaders

    by Daniel Seeger March 2019

    There's a lot to learn in the pool and spa industry. Whether you are new to the field or a veteran with decades of experience under your belt, industry professionals can expect their body of knowledge will be continually refreshed and updated throughout their career.

    Complicating matters is the seasonality of the work. Much of the summer is devoted to new projects and upkeep of existing pools and spas, meaning much of that educational “upkeep” is relegated to the...

  • A Magnet For Young Talent

    by Cailley Hammel March 2019

    For pool and spa professionals, finding new employees to fill retail, service and construction jobs is an uphill battle. Even more difficult, however, is keeping them.

    According to a study by the Center for American Progress, it can cost on average $3,328 to find, hire and train a new $10/hour retail employee. (Expect that figure to be significantly higher for service techs and construction workers who, even at entry level, require significant training and/ or...

  • Mike Rowe Offers Scholarship to Trade School Students

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    By this point, it’s no secret that the labor shortage is hurting the pool and spa industry and the greater world of trade work. There just simply aren’t enough people interested in filling these positions despite the fact that trade work provides stable, fulfilling work, career growth and financial reward.

    Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs,” thinks it’s a PR problem — and he’s stepping in to help. The

  • Project Management: A Technological Sea Change

    by Eric Herman February 2019

    Building swimming pools and spas can be a surprisingly complex and multifaceted process. From the initial customer contact to filling the vessel with water, success means managing, integrating, coordinating and recording every step along the way.

    That's why most builders will testify that the most important person in the process, second only to the client, is the project manager. More than the salesperson, designer or even company president, the man or woman overseeing the physical...

  • Unlicensed FL Contractor Causes Popped Pool

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    A Tampa family’s pool now sits three feet aboveground with most of its deck destroyed after they hired an unlicensed contractor, James Feliciano, to do renovation work.

    “It is a nightmare really,” homeowner Chad Peasley told ABC Action News. He says the pool popped out of the ground after most of its water was drained.

    Peasley only learned that Florida law requires licensed contractors to make major pool renovations following the incident, which — after the family contacted...

  • Automatic Pool Covers: The Everyday Essential

    by Cailley Hammel February 2019

    For years, automatic pool covers were considered a luxury add-on to what was already a luxury product. At a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, the ability to open and close a pool with the push of a button was something accessible only to high-end homeowners. Today, however, pool builders report automatic pool covers are becoming far more commonplace, especially on mid-range pools.

    “Twenty years ago, trying to sell an automatic pool cover to our middle-class customers was a tough...

  • Safety at the Push of a Button

    by Abigail Carpenter February 2019

    On-the-job safety is a huge priority for any employer. But finding a way to make safety equipment accessible while keeping employees accountable is a difficult task. Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape (Key Largo, Fla.), like many companies, needed a solution.

    “Everything from stocking the safety equipment to keeping an area for it was cumbersome,” says Juan Rodriguez, director of operations at Reef Tropical. “I had a person handing out safety equipment. You just can’t leave it on...

  • Share Your Thoughts and Enter to Win

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    AQUA is collecting information for our annual State of the Industry issue. This is one of our most important and popular projects every year, and to ensure its success, we need your participation.

    If you have a few minutes, please help us by taking this survey. As a token of thanks, everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win the following prizes:
    -An Omnihub System, courtesy of Hayward

  • Purveying the Florida Dream

    by Eric Herman February 2019

    Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Brett Holland grew up at the side of his late father, Mike Holland, learning not only how to build beautiful pool/spa environments, but equally important, why it is imperative to include the clients in the design process.

    "Some of my fondest memories of my father were poolside," he recalls. "He showed me how important it is to look at the work from the client's point of view. I find most people hardly spend any time out back. The ultimate goal...

  • Is There Potential in Inflatable Pools?

    by Eric Herman February 2019

    This past December I read with great interest a market research report about the future of the global inflatable and portable pools market published by Research and Markets, a Dublin-based global market research firm. The report caught my eye because the research indicated that by 2023, the market for the most affordable form of pool is estimated to boast a 13-percent compound annual growth rate.

    That’s a potentially very big number that can only be the result of market trends...