Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at
  • Thursday, June, 29, 2017 The Sauna at the South Pole

    One of the great human dramas of all time played out just over a century ago on the Antarctic continent, when Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen led small teams of intrepid explorers through extreme conditions in an all-out race to be the first to reach the South Pole.

    Amundsen won.

    Scott lost, and his team all perished trying to make it back to camp.

    It's a story of triumph and tragedy recounted in hundreds of books and articles over the years, a legend that has...

  • Thursday, May, 18, 2017 Aquanale Coming to Cologne

    Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the International Exhibition for Open Spaces, Sports and Swimming Facilities, will take place this year at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne November 7 to 10.

    Based on early indications, show organizers are expecting a similarly high level of interest in 2017 to that seen in Aquanale 2015, which drew 288 exhibitors from 30 countries (share of...

  • Tuesday, May, 16, 2017 2017 SOI Service Report: Sunny Days in the Backyard

    Service has lived a charmed existence. While great forces have devastated other sectors of the pool and spa industry (and certainly the economy as a whole), pool and spa service has continued to provide a steady living for its workers in a tranquil setting, almost as if the industry itself were private property.

    When the recession wiped out 90 percent of the pool construction market in Florida, service workers continued to maintain their properties. As retailers have fought the...

  • Thursday, March, 23, 2017 APCs: Little Help!

    One of the wonderful things about the service industry nowadays is the abundance of excellent, diligent workers ready to get their hands dirty cleaning pools. Finding good help used to be a daunting process of short interviews and long looks, trying to figure out if that gum-chewing kid that just walked in the door listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers would hold up under the red hot sun.

    Luckily, finding good help these days is a breeze. There are quality pool cleaners ready to...

  • Tuesday, March, 21, 2017 Pool Houses: Ship Shape!

    You turn it on its side, and you're half done. Frame in a few walls, lay in a couple sliders, finish it out with plumbing, electrical and cabinetry, and you've got it: A shipping container...

  • Thursday, February, 02, 2017 Time-Saving Cartridge Cleaning Tips

    When it comes to cleaning, the cartridge filter is the middle child — not as easy as a sand backwash, but not as messy as a D.E. grid spray-down.

    Still, despite the relatively straightforward process, a few tweaks can make this job a little more thorough and a lot faster. And over the course of a year, shaving just five or 10 minutes from a process that is performed hundreds times can literally save a week or more of work.

    Tal Millican, a sole proprietor service pro in the...

  • Monday, January, 16, 2017 The Gift of Time

    I took some time off recently. I called it a “sabbatical” because that sounds better, but it amounts to the same thing. It was a highlight of my life. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and my teammates at AQUA for giving me this opportunity to do some things I’d wanted to do, but couldn’t find the time.

    That’s what you receive when you take a sabbatical: The gift of time.

    When you tell people you’ve been given the gift of time, their faces change. Some have been secretly...

  • Monday, January, 09, 2017 Opinion: APSP/NSPF Merger Breakdown a Shame

    When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.

    More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...

  • Tuesday, January, 03, 2017 2017 Economy: Ready to Roar

    I couldn't be happier to greet the New Year and shove that old one out the door. I've never been one to dwell on the past, but I'd deliver this Parthian shot to 2016 as it departs: it was marked by more foolishness than most.

    Baby 2017, on the other hand, like any newborn holds promise — especially for the pool and spa industry.

    More than most industries, in order to thrive, we depend on a feeling of affluence and security in the middle class. They need to be...

  • Tuesday, October, 11, 2016 Sand Filters: Tips for Top Performance

    It's the simplest of the pool filter media, a material with which anyone who's ever walked on a beach is familiar. And generally speaking, the granular medium just lies there filtering out gunk, but there are still a few sand pitfalls to watch out for and a trick or two you can use to boost filter performance....