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  • Introducing the AQUA Truck & Van Contest

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Update, 12/16/17:
    Time is running out to enter our Truck & Van contest! The deadline is Dec. 1. To enter, click here — it takes just a few minutes.

    One of the best marketing tools for a pool and spa pro is sitting right in the parking lot: Your truck.

    In addition to getting you from job to job and hauling your equipment, your truck, when paired with an eye-catching wrap, is the perfect...

  • This Santa Fe Backyard Keeps Summer Going All Year Round

    by Camille LeFerve, Houzz October 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert guides us through a memorable Santa Fe backyard.

    Backyard at a...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Bronze

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence recognizes the finest in pool and spa building and design. All month long, we'll be sharing the winners, starting off with the bronze winners. 

    And remember: There's still one AOE honor to be won — the annual Fan Favorite project. Vote for the project you feel is most deserving at apsp.org/fanfavorite. The people’s choice will be revealed at the APSP Awards Reception in Orlando on October...

  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • Zodiac Acquires Grand Effects

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Zodiac Pool Systems has acquired California-based Grand Effects and its portfolio of custom outdoor fire and water combination features for pools and spas.

    The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions by Zodiac...

  • Business Success = People Success

    by Kevin Woodhurst October 2017

    I’ve had the privilege of working in an industry that became my life’s passion for more than 20 years now. Along the way, I have learned and experienced much from my days working for organizations, running my own, leading an association, contributing to builder and education counsels, leading/attending training in other parts of the country and more. I have been a student from day one absorbing experiences along the way.   

    Through all these years, I’ve learned that succeeding...

  • Remembering Hugh Hefner, Pool Innovator

    by Bruce Riley October 2017

    Hugh Hefner passed away last week, and while he’ll be remembered for many things (both famously and infamously), in my eyes, he’ll always be remembered for his role in the pool and spa industry.

    In 1973, Hefner built the Playboy mansion pool and, perhaps more importantly, the legendary grotto. The grotto was built with natural stones weighing as much as 3 tons, and held together with over 100 yards of concrete. At the time, the grotto was a unique concept, one that spurred...

  • 6 Postcard-Worthy Pools Around the World

    by Bryan Anthony, Houzz September 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert shows six pools around the world with a view to send back home.

    What’s better than a sparkling...

  • The Jigsaw Waterslide

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    There's more than one way to build a water slide.

    On the DIY front, there's the plastic or vinyl sheeting with a garden hose, an approach that will probably live on indefinitely in backyards occupied by enterprising children. Some homeowners opt for the far more elaborate inflatable slides that are rented like bounce houses for birthdays and other special events. For use with pools, there are the familiar drop-in manufactured slides that bolt onto the deck, which are typically used...

  • Reputation Beacon: A Mobile App That Tracks Online Reviews

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Online reviews are an important part of any small business. But as any pool/spa pro knows, there’s so many sites to keep track of. To help make reputation management easy and efficient, a new mobile app called Reputation Beacon consolidates online reviews from Facebook, Google, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and the BBB into one place for easy monitoring.

    The app was developed by contractors who know from experience just how time-consuming reputation management can...