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  • Aquatic Leaders Unite to Promote National Water Safety Month

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, the World Waterpark Association and several other water safety groups, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a campaign held during the month of May that raises awareness about water safety and highlights the importance pf public education regarding safer practices for...

  • Filter Media: Glass Gains

    by Scott Webb April 2018

    A sand filter is filled with sand, right?

    That used to be true, but more pool professionals across the country are filling sand filters with a granular mix of crushed, recycled glass — despite its higher cost. Reasons for this media migration range from performance to convenience to the desire to help the planet (or at least make customers feel like they're helping the planet).

    AQUA spoke with three pool companies across the country — one from the West, one from the East and...

  • Skimmer Replacement, Part 2: In With the New

    by Steve Swanson April 2018

    This is the second entry in our two-part series about skimmer replacement. To see Part 1, click here.

    Last month we looked at the first steps in the skimmer replacement process. That included assessing the damage, planning the work and discussing a range of possible issues that could impact the scope of work with the client. Then we...

  • The Evolution of Package-Pool Marketing

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    Package pools have come a long way in recent years. As has been widely reported in AQUA and elsewhere, package pools have evolved to the point where they offer most of the same features available in custom concrete pools. And many dealers offering package pools have moved into the total backyard business, offering luxury amenities such as custom hardscape, outdoor kitchens and shade structures.

    As the product and distribution continue to evolve, marketing and advertising have been...

  • A Moveable Garden?

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Sometimes you want a pool. And sometimes, you want a koi pond. With the flip of a switch, this movable flowerbed offers you the choice. The owner of this pool/pond combo project in the Netherlands preferred to reflect upon his garden and koi pond during the week, and open up a swimming pool for...

  • Design in Place: Pacific Northwest

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    The Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Union, Wash.) is designed to bring people into almost constant contact with bodies of water, both natural and man made. With its inspiring setting, beautiful indoor swimming pool, multiple water features and sustainable landscape, Alderbrook is both defined by aquatics while also serving as a perfect example of design that harmonizes with the surrounding environment — in this case, the landscape and waters of the Pacific Northwest.

    In terms of...

  • "Alexa, Turn My Pool On!"

    by Scott Webb March 2018

    Advances in home automation have accelerated in recent years, as the idea of buying products to automatically perform tasks around the home has caught on, especially with younger homeowners. Alongside this movement has been the rapid growth of intelligent voice command devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, which can be used to control a "smart" home.

    Voice command devices now direct the performance of a vast array of mundane, traditional home tasks — everything from adjusting...

  • How to Hire a Hero

    by Rudy Stankowitz March 2018

    "Echo Tango Suitcase and I'm back on the block. Meeting is at 0900 hours. Into my good civvies and I am Oscar Tango Mike."

    You have two candidates waiting for interviews, though you only scheduled one at a time and thirty minutes apart. One is sitting thumbing through a copy of AQUA Magazine, the other stands even though an empty seat is available. This individual not only stands, but also stands out. Perfect posture and arms crossed, the veteran has his/her back six inches off the...

  • The Hard Truths About Attracting New Talent to the Pool Industry

    by Leon Rawitz March 2018

    Last year, industry marketing consultant Leon Rawitz traveled to major pool and spa commerce centers across the U.S. to get a firsthand look at the state of retail. In the October 2017 issue, he wrote about several of his findings. (See "Winning Against Online Merchants.") Here, he shares his insights on the labor crunch in the pool and spa industry.

    Any discussion regarding attracting and...

  • Swan Pool Rails: Beautiful and Practical

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    Pool rails serve an essential purpose in the backyard: to ensure safe entry and egress from the water. But as important as they are, Larry Williams noticed something: In terms of design, they are often overlooked.

    “When my parents were building their dream home, the builder encouraged them not to put in a swimming pool handrail because it would take away from the beauty of their yard,” Williams says. “When my mother got older, she was unable to get in and out of the...