• Customize the Spa Experience with Accessories

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    The hot tub experience may start with the tub — but that's only the beginning. From there, it can be personalized to the tastes and needs of the individual spa owner. From speakers to relaxing fragrances and storage units, owners truly have the opportunity to create an experience all their own. Here are just a few spa accessories from leading manufacturers:



  • Something Under the Spa, Under $500

    by Scott Webb March 2019

    This story on low-cost spa pad alternatives begins by way of a personal account:

    My brother Gary bought a hot tub last month. I drove down to his place and accompanied him in the venture, because I’m from the industry and know something about spas, and because these apparently legitimate endeavors are easy to justify to our spouses while providing a good opportunity to hang out and drink beer.

    He’s been considering the purchase for years, but the outlay is pushing his...

  • Project Management: A Technological Sea Change

    by Eric Herman February 2019

    Building swimming pools and spas can be a surprisingly complex and multifaceted process. From the initial customer contact to filling the vessel with water, success means managing, integrating, coordinating and recording every step along the way.

    That's why most builders will testify that the most important person in the process, second only to the client, is the project manager. More than the salesperson, designer or even company president, the man or woman overseeing the physical...

  • 5 Hot Tub Retail Mistakes — And How to Fix Them

    by Dana Robinson February 2019

    It would be wonderful if running a hot tub retail store were as simple as filling a space with merchandise and unlocking the doors to welcome throngs of customers. But we all know there's much more to it than that.

    Managing a space that encourages customers to plunk down thousands of dollars on such a large luxury item means your show floor has to be clean, beautiful and designed to entice customers to buy at all times. But there are a lot of retailers who are missing the mark. We...

  • Allied Innovations Acquires Spa Parts Plus

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Allied Innovations, a leading provider of spa control and replacement parts including Len Gordon, Gecko, Aqua-Flo, Spa Builders, Brett Aqualine, Balboa and Waterway, has acquired Spa Parts Plus, a fellow spa part distributor. As both companies provide a range of distribution services to the spa and hot tub industry, the merger better positions both entities to respond to the industry's growing demands by sharing resources and capabilities.

    Allied Innovations is based in Las Vegas,...

  • Master Spas Makes Marketing Magic

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2019

    Master Spas Hit the marketing goldmine in early December when television star Steve Harvey gave away five of the company's Michael Phelps Legend Series hot tubs on his syndicated daytime talk show.

    Each day during the giveaway, Harvey gave one audience member a chance to play a game called Harvey's Hundreds, a...

  • The Secret Life of Biofilm

    by Eric Herman January 2019

    Although most people in the industry have heard of it, few know the risks and mysteries of biofilm.

    Biofilm is almost everywhere. According to scientists who study it, wherever there's water, nutrients and a surface, biofilm is likely to form.

    It exists in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and oceans. It forms in all types of manmade water systems, from public utilities to factories, hospitals, dentist offices, dishwashers, cooling towers, washing machines, air conditioners and...

  • Amazon Launches Interactive Showroom Experience

    by Cailley Hammel January 2019

    Amazon is further investing in experiential retail, this time by rolling out a show digital showroom feature called Amazon Showroom.

    The interactive program allows customers to create their own virtual living rooms. Customers can select wall and floor color and fill the space with selections from a vast online inventory of sofas, lamps, rugs, coffee tables, art and more — all of which are part of Amazon’s private-label...

  • New Drone Art Series Captures Unique Backyard Spaces

    by Abigail Carpenter January 2019


  • Lower the Risk of Legionellosis

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee December 2018

    2017 saw a rash of Legionella outbreaks at public swimming pools and spas. In July, three members of a Gold's Gym in Kennewick, Wash., fell ill with Legionnaire's disease, a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. In May, the community pool and spa at Foothill Ranch in Lake Forest, Calif., closed...