• Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.


  • Tara Manufacturing To Appear On “World’s Greatest!…”

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Tara Manufacturing will be featured on the television series, “World’s Greatest!…”

    A film crew from “World’s Greatest!...” saw everything that goes into building a vinyl pool liner, from taking orders to shipping, in Tara’s home of Owens Cross Roads, Ala.

    The episode will feature an interview with Mike Sigler, vice president of...

  • APSP Chair Jack Manilla Publishes Autobiography

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Jack Manilla, APSP Chair and owner of Portofino Pools (Jacksonville, Fla.), recently released his autobiography “Secrets of the Pink House.”

    “Secrets of the Pink House” is Manilla’s personal story of how he was led to a career in the pool...

  • Pentair Saves 12 Billion Kilowatt Hours for Pool Owners

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    With the close of the summer pool season, Pentair surpassed energy savings of 12.7 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) since 2005 with its pool pumps. The feat helped pool owners save $1.4 billion in energy costs and conserve enough energy to power 1.3 million U.S. homes for one year.

    “In addition to continuing to innovate...

  • 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...

  • Vote on MAHC Changes at Vote on the Code Conference

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code announces that CMAHC members will be voting on 179 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code at the second Vote on the Code biennial conference, October 17 to 18 in Denver, Colo.

    The Model Aquatic Health Code is a voluntary guidance...

  • Float like a Duck Named a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Leader

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Float Like A Duck, a water safety public service initiative, announces a new partnership with the Pool Safely campaign.

    Float Like a Duck had asked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to promote...

  • Ocean Spray Hosts Bravo Star for New Reality Show

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The pool and spa industry is once again going Hollywood — Ocean Spray Hot Tubs & Saunas (Westhampton Beach, N.Y.) recently hosted Ryan Serhant for filming of a new reality show, "Sell it Like Serhant."
    Serhant, host of "Million Dollar Listing New York," spent a weekend in mid-August training Ocean Spray’s new staff member on sales strategies and how to become a sales leader.

    To promote the event, Ocean Spray offered deals (and the chance to appear on TV) to...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • Former Jandy CEO Authors Family Biography

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    This past summer I had the privilege of editing a book about one of the industry’s true pioneers. It’s called “Fathers of Invention: An American Story of Faith, Family and Innovation” by Andrew A. Pansini, former CEO of Jandy. 

    The story focuses mostly on Pansini’s dad, Andrew L....