• 'Million Dollar Pool Design' Finalists Announced

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Organizers of the International Pool |Spa | Patio Expo recently announced five finalists for the Million Dollar Pool Challenge. The competition is designed to give pool and landscape designers, builders and outdoor living architects chance to design a project without the typical budgetary restraints.

    Entrants were asked to create the ultimate oasis for a fictional couple with conflicting priorities like those often found in the real world.

    “We are absolutely thrilled with...

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners: Bronze

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence program recognizes the most beautiful, creative and ingeniously engineered projects in the pool and spa industry. We'll be revealing them all month long leading up to the PSP Expo, starting with the bronze winners.

    And as always, there's still one big prize to be decided: The Fan Favorite award. Head over to and cast your vote between now and Oct. 26. The winner will be...

  • Free to Soar

    by Abigail Carpenter October 2018

    While on a family vacation, Morgan Hartman, who was born with cognitive and physical disabilities, went to engage with children in a hotel swimming pool. At the time, she was 12 years old but had the cognitive capability of a young child. She approached...

  • A Masterful Man Cave

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2018

    Bob Shehan is the owner of Shehan Pools, a high-end building firm in the greater Cincinnati area. His company, located in Florence, Ky., netted a Silver in APSP's Awards of Excellence this year for indoor custom hot tub design.

    Bob's pool career began after he graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he played football for the Wildcats and earned a degree in arts and education in 1992.

    "My dad had started the business in 1972 after researching how to build a...

  • Zodiac Pulls Jandy Products from E-Commerce Sites

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    In a bold move that could have far-reaching impact on the way many dealers in the pool and spa industry do business, Zodiac Pool Systems has announced that it is prohibiting internet sales for the Jandy Pro Series, a line that includes more than 400 products.

    In a Sept. 28 press release, Zodiac announced that the change is a continuation of its “trade series policy” it established in 2014, in which the company altered its warranty program in favor of the trade. The new policy, which...

  • How a Trust Can Protect a Pool Business

    by Phillip M. Perry October 2018

    James has run a successful pool business for over three decades. Things are going great, but he worries about the future. What if he were to suffer a sudden decline in health, like a stroke or heart attack? What about when he passes — how can he help ensure the wealth he’s built in the business is distributed to his children without squabbling? What about other threats, like lawsuits?

    If he should suddenly become incapacitated, who will run the enterprise for the benefit of his wife...

  • How to Measure Social Media Marketing

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2018

    Ask anyone involved in advertising, marketing or public relations what the hardest part of their jobs is, and it won’t take long for them to mention measuring success. If a customer has a single ad playing on the radio during rush hour and sales go up, even an intern can write a report detailing the campaign’s worth. But it’s usually not that simple.

    Hot tub dealers, for example, might advertise on radio and television, send direct mail to targeted customers, put inserts into Sunday...

  • Got Good Work? Enter the Shotcrete Awards

    by AQUA Editors September 2018

    The American Shotcrete Association is accepting entries for the 2018 ASA Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program. The awards are meant to demonstrate exceptional examples of shotcrete placement of concrete and to promote the shotcrete industry as a whole. The winners will be recognized at an awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2019 Shotcrete Convention and Technology Conference, Feb. 25-26, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Fernandina Beach, Fla.


  • Is Wellness Working?

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    Back in 2016, spa manufacturing giant Watkins changed its name to Watkins Wellness. It was an attention-getting move that not only demonstrated the company's commitment to the wellness message, but was also in many ways...

  • The Humble Slide, Amplified

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.

    Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...