• Texas Retailer Stages Incredible Turnaround

    by Cailley Hammel June 2016

    Twenty eleven was a record year for Wichita Falls, Texas. Not only was it the hottest year on record, it was also the second year of what would ultimately be a five-year drought, though no one knew it at the time.

    Paul Buckingham, owner of Outback Pools and Spas, was concerned. Post-recession pool and spa sales were still recovering, and now with the threat of water scarcity coming into play, Outback Pools and Spas was in serious danger.

    Faced with a fight-or-flight...

  • The Unreal Future of Pool Design

    by Cailley Hammel June 2016

    Watching Noah Nehlich demonstrate Structure Studios' latest innovation is like watching a magic trick. First, he puts on the floor something that resembles a mouse pad. Then he holds up an iPad. Suddenly, a pool appears on the screen as if it were installed into the very floor on which we stand.

    As Nehlich walks around the mouse pad on the ground, called a track pad, he can see the pool from all sides. With a press of a button, he can swap the pool for a different shape, size,...

  • Iceland's Hidden Hot Tubs

    by Cailley Hammel June 2016

    In the Northwest region of Iceland is the small fishing town of Drangsnes. Home to less than 100 people, it may be small, but it offers a unique attraction that makes it especially welcoming to locals and visitors alike: public hot tubs.

    Located off Rt. 645, which cuts right through Drangsnes, guests will find three tubs to choose from. Each are heated to a different temperature — one hot, one warm and one cold. Like Goldilocks, it's up to you to pick that one that's just right. But...

  • Bromine Generation in Hot Tubs: A Chemistry Primer

    by Eric Herman June 2016

    For the past 20 years or so, saltwater chlorine generation has been one of the industry's hottest topics. Developed originally in Australia, the technology caught on like wildfire in the last decade and remains a bestselling component of the pool system.

    During much of that time,...

  • Sensory Sales for the New Consumer

    by Ted Lawrence June 2016

    June 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Water treatments, spas, rail goods and more — these new products have the industry talking this summer. Check 'em out!

    For thousands of years, people have been using water from the Dead Sea to treat skin problems, rejuvenate their appearance,...

  • Prevent Fraud with Proper Cash Drawer Management

    by Christina Braks May 2016

    Over the years, I’ve been surprised at the stories I’ve heard from business owners that experienced employee fraud or embezzlement.  Many times, the situation was preventable with a little oversight and tight process control.   Believe it or not, the easiest place to start is your cash drawers.

    Below are a few simple pointers for proper cash drawer management that will reduce your risk and hopefully make your bookkeeper a little happier.

    1. Always – and I mean always...

  • Single Family Home Sales Jump

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    New, single-family home sales shot up 16 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000, according to a joint report from the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was the fastest pace of new home sales since January 2008.

    This is welcome news for pool builders and the leisure aquatics industry in general, as housing starts are a leading economic indicator of the health of the pool industry. New home...

  • VacuSeal Signs License Agreement with Watkins Wellness

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The owners of Hot Tub Products (Wallingford, Conn.), has signed a license agreement with Watkins Wellness (Vista, Calif.), allowing them to manufacture VacuSeal covers for it line of swim spas.

    The VacuSeal is Hot Tub Products' unique cover and lifter system that removes and replaces the cover in one single motion, eliminating the need to first fold the cover in half.

    In January, Watkins introduced its new fitness system line at both their national Hot Spring and Caldera...

  • Easy Pool/Spa Chemical Formulas

    by Bob Lowry May 2016

    I know what you are thinking when you see a chemical symbol, equation or formula. You are saying to yourself, "Oh no! I hate chemical formulas." And you immediately scan the rest of the article to see how many more of these formulas there are. If there are a lot of them you usually decide not to read the rest of the article or at least skip the formulas. I used to be the same way and I still...