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
  • Wednesday, May, 13, 2015 Pool Plaster Standard Proposed

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has announced a new draft standard for the plastering of swimming pools and spas. 

    The standard, called the Board of Standards Review/APSP/International Code Council/National Plasterers Council – 12 201X, covers the material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural...

  • Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 YMCA And NSPF Announce Training Agreement

    YMCA of the USA is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code. As part of this commitment, Y-USA has signed a Preferred Vendor Agreement with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to deliver the Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification. 

    “Adopting the CPO Certification program makes sense. It facilitates our compliance with the...

  • Thursday, April, 30, 2015 POOLCORP Reports Strong Equipment, Supply Sales

    In a report indicating continued growth for the pool industry, Pool Corporation today reported record results for the first quarter of 2015, demonstrating strength in sales of swimming pool equipment, parts and supplies and other backyard related products.

    According to the report, consumers continue to invest in their outdoor living spaces, which often include pool and deck refurbishment and more energy-efficient equipment. Also, warmer-than-normal weather in POOLCORP's year-round...

  • Thursday, April, 30, 2015 Upcoming Asian, NZ Pool And Spa Shows

    Although trade show season in North America is a fall/winter sport, on the other side of the world, the season is just kicking into gear. Three shows will open in the coming weeks in China, Singapore and New Zealand.

    China International Sauna, Spa & Pool Fair 2015 will run May 9-11 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. 

    According to show organizers, the annual event will cover 18,000 square meters in area and feature 300...

  • Thursday, April, 23, 2015 New Hot Tub Labeling

    New standard puts energy consumption labels on hot tubs 

    A new standard has been announced by APSP which will put a comprehensive energy label on hot tubs, enabling consumers to use a unit's energy consumption in choosing a hot tub to purchase. States that adopt the new standard will require such labeling on all hot tubs sold.

  • Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 National Water Safety Month Kicks Off Next Week

    National Water Safety Month (NWSM) begins next week on May 1, as aquatics industry leaders push for safer water practices to prevent drowning and water related injuries in the coming summer season.

  • Thursday, April, 09, 2015 APSP Announces Discounted Payroll Service, Insurance

    APSP has announced a new partnership with ADP, a national provider of payroll and employee management solutions, to offer APSP members discounted rates on health insurance, workers’ compensation insurance and payroll services.

  • Thursday, March, 05, 2015 APCs: Cleaning Up In The Backyard

    The more pools a service company cleans, the more money it makes. At the same time, service techs can add top-line revenue by taking the time to look around the backyard for additional sales opportunities.

  • Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 Watkins Announces Acquisition

    Watkins Manufacturing has announced the acquisition of Endless Pools, manufacturer of counter-current swim machines and underwater treadmills. The acquisition allows Watkins to expand its line of personal well-being products into the aquatic fitness category, opening new channels of distribution and access to a new customer base. Watkins Manufacturing will maintain the Endless Pools brand and Endless Pools’ headquarters will remain in Aston, Pa. 

  • Thursday, February, 26, 2015 Small Business Tax Relief Gathers Support

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has joined 173 other industry organizations in a massive show of support for H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill would restore the small business expensing — sometimes called Section 179 expensing — level to $500,000, including limited improvements to real property and permanently index the level to inflation.