International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Exhibitions: November 1 – 3
Conference: October 29 – November 3
Orange County Convention Center (North Halls A&B)
Orlando, Fla.

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesday, November 1: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 2: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 3: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Less than two months ago, at 9:10 a.m. EDT on September 10, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, bringing widespread destruction to the Sunshine State. It was the most powerful hurricane of 2017 in terms of wind speed, and those winds wreaked havoc all along the peninsula.

But when it was over, the sun came out, the cleanup began and preparations resumed for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Orlando. Even a hurricane couldn't slow them down.

This year's show promises the same wide-ranging array of products the industry has come to expect of its biggest show, with everything from pool nets to patio furniture on display.

Education opportunities abound as well, with a conference track designed specifically for commercial operators and those looking to expand into the commercial segment (see the conference education schedule on page 76).

As always, outdoor living will be a focus this year with a specialized pavilion on the show floor offering a plethora of products including grills, casual furniture, fire features, lighting, outdoor structures and more.

The traditional special events attendees have loved for years are back, including the Welcome Party on opening night, which will be held at Howl at the Moon (8815 International Drive). Admission is free for conference registrants.

On the second evening of the show, the PSP Block Party (formerly the BBQ Bash) takes place in the parking lot adjacent to North Hall B, featuring complimentary refreshments, including beer and wine.

And finally, after a week of learning and networking, the last hour of the Expo will feature a Pool Prize Party. Each attendee will receive a Pool Prize Party ticket at registration, and can collect more tickets during the show from participating exhibitors, which will pay off at the closing event.

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Education Spotlight: Challenging Pools

Of particular value to service techs that face difficult water care situations is the seminar "Water Chemistry in Challenging Pools," offered on Friday, Nov. 3, at 9:15 a.m. in room N320A.\

This seminar will provide tips on how to maintain water quality and the integrity of the pool surface and equipment as the pool water ages. Topics covered will include the difficulties encountered when testing aged water; coping with the upward drift in water quality parameters; and dealing with accumulated wastes and disinfection byproducts in the water.

Attendees will learn to:

  1. 1. Determine what to do when parameters reach values outside a range of a typical test kit.
  2. 2. Avoid testing errors or interferences that compromise key water balance calculations.
  3. 3. Identify options available when pool water cannot be replaced.
  4. 4. Implement methods and technologies to increase the efficient use and conservation of water.

Speakers include: Gregory Garrett, Applied Materials Technologies; Kenneth Gregory, Pentair Water Quality Systems; Joseph Laurino, Ph.D., Periodic Products; and Jody O'Grady, Taylor Technologies.



Sunday, Oct. 29

8 a.m.

Certified Service Technician (Day 1 of 3)

CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction (Day 1 of 3)

DESIGN 101: Introduction to Perspective Drawing

Pool and Spa Construction (Day 1 of 3)

Monday, Oct. 30

8 a.m.

NSPF Certified Pool-Spa Operator (CPO) Certification (Day 1 of 2)

Certified Service Technician (Day 2 of 3)

CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction (Day 2 of 3)

DESIGN 202: SketchUp (Day 1 of 2)

DESIGN 311: Creating a Cohesive Design Aesthetic: Materials, Details, and Style (Day 1 of 2)

ENGINEERING 311: Advanced Fluid Engineering (Day 1 of 2)

Pool and Spa Construction (Day 2 of 3)

Tuesday, Oct. 31

8 a.m.

NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification Course (CPO) (Day 2 of 2)

Certified Service Technician (Day 3 of 3)

CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction (Day 3 of 3)

DESIGN 202: SketchUp (Day 2 of 2)

DESIGN 311: Creating a Cohesive Design Aesthetic: Materials, Details, and Style (Day 2 of 2)

ENGINEERING 311: Advanced Fluid Engineering (Day 2 of 2)

Pool and Spa Construction (Day 3 of 3)

Wednesday, Nov. 1

7:30 a.m.

SERVICE 321: Introduction to Advanced Pool Filtration

BUSINESS 162: Building a High Performance Team from Scratch

Secrets to Selling Value Over Price

Outdoor Design: From Simple to Simply Amazing

How to Get More 5 Star Testimonials and Eliminate Bad Reviews for Your StoreStainless Steel Pools and Spas

Don't Kill Your Golden Goose –Succession Strategies to Protect & Perpetuate Your Business

CONSTRUCTION 406: Pool Shell Cracking in Shotcrete/Gunite Construction

8 a.m.

National Plasterers Council Start-Up Certification

9 a.m.

ASA Shotcrete Nozzleman Education

9:15 a.m.

The Buzz About Fiberglass Pools

Swimming Pool Selling Secrets: Get inside the Minds of Today's Pool Buyers

Three Hot Topics for Service Departments: How to Compensate Staff, Pricing Strategies & Competing with the Internet

Store Design on a Shoestring Budget: Design or Renovate - Great Store Design Tips from Start to Finish

Secret Service-Making World-Class Service Your Competitive Edge

Applied Hydraulics – Best Practices for Top Equipment & Circulation System Performance, Highest Water Clarity, Energy Efficiency and Swimmer Safety

Who is Left in the Pool Industry, How Do We Get Them Back and Where do We Go from Here?

Transition from Service to Installer

11 a.m.

Lifestyle Booth — ENGINEERING 203: Structural Repairs of Existing Pools, Booth #761

11:30 a.m.

5 Secrets to Sales Success, Booth #1011

12 p.m.

Solar, the Smarter Way to Heat a Pool, Booth #210

12:30 p.m.

Model Aquatic Health Code & Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Update, plus Review of Code Conference Proceedings, Booth #2455

Lifestyle Booth — CONSTRUCTION 271: Collaborative Project Profiles, Booth #761

1 p.m.

Success Beyond The Waterline: Using your Expertise to Drive Demand Outside of the Pool, Booth #210

1:30 p.m.

7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know, Booth #1011

U.S. Residential Pool Markets Report

2 p.m.

Operating Windows for Chlorination Sources for Pools and Spas, Booth #2455

NPC Startup Re-Certification Class

2:30 p.m.

Lifestyle Booth — BUSINESS 111: Genesis Lifestyle Program (Wine Tasting), Booth #761

Standing Out In an Oversaturated Marketing, Booth #210

3 p.m.

Getting More from your Existing Customer Base, Booth #1011

5:30 p.m.

Welcome Party, Howl at the Moon

Thursday, Nov. 2

7:30 a.m.

DESIGN 179: Working with Architects

CONSTRUCTION 171: Commercial Project Profiles - An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction

Scaling a Pool Care Company for Higher Profitability

Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to Look For

Ruthless Sales Management for Pool Builders

Marketing Game Changers for 2018! Start the Year Prepared with Tips from our Award Winning Playbook

The Basic Principles of a Winning Showroom Layout

CONSTRUCTION 404: Waterproofing & Finishes Panel Discussion

8 a.m.

APSP Train the Trainer Course

9 a.m.

How to Maximize your Profits Using Manufacturer's Agents

9:15 a.m.

BUSINESS 107: Design Fees – Billing For Professional Services

Soils Engineering: Geotechnical Considerations for Successful Swimming Pool Construction

It's All About Your Team: How to Hire, Train & Retain Staff

Advanced Water Chemistry

How to Turn Website Traffic into Retail Sales

Pool Service Agreements for Growth and Profit

Reduce Office Work While Increasing Profits & Customer Service

Landscape Lighting - Low Voltage Lighting Tips & Tricks

11 a.m.

Lifestyle Booth — DESIGN 323: Outdoor Kitchen Design, Booth #761

Marketing and Merchandising for the Modern Pool Retailer

11:30 a.m.

How to Get Significantly More Leads for Your Business by Tweaking Your Website, Booth #1011

12 p.m.

Pool and Hardscape Design and Estimating, Booth #210

12:30 p.m.

Understanding the Requirements of ADA and Public Pools, Booth #2455

1 p.m.

Lifestyle Booth — DESIGN 132: The Value of Good Design, Booth #761

Using Photos to Express Your Brand, Booth #210

1:30 p.m.

Digital Marketing Strategies for Growth, Booth #1011

2 p.m.

Performing Leak Detections on Commercial Pools, Spas and Splash Pads, Booth #2455

2:30 p.m.

Before and After the Storm: Disaster Safety, Prevention and Response

Taking the Mystery out of Spot Etching, Booth #210

3 p.m.

Lifestyle Booth — CONSTRUCTION 171: Project Profiles - An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction, Booth #7617

Non Negotiables of A Successful Pool Contractor, Booth #1011

4 p.m.

WAVE Young Professionals Network Event, The Pub (Offsite)

4:30 p.m.

PSP Block Party, Parking Lot Adjacent to North Hall B

7 p.m.

Genesis Family Reunion and Winemaker Dinner, Roy's Orlando

Friday, Nov. 3

7:30 a.m.

BUSINESS 163: Construction Superintendents – Finding, Training and Performing at a High Level

DESIGN 423: Outdoor Living: How to Create Beautiful and Comfortable Outdoor Rooms

"What's Your Pink Pig" — Your Competitive Advantage

Variable Speed Pumps — How to Install and Demonstrate Savings to Grow Sales and Comply with New Federal Regulations

Builder's Bloopers & Blunders — Lessons Learned from the Mistakes of Others

"Real Sales Tools That Sells" Pools How to Develop an Interactive Digital E-Book Presentation that will WOW your Clients

Non-Invasive Leak Detection Methods and Permanent Repairs

8 a.m.

NSPF Advanced Service Technician

9:15 a.m.

Building Your PoolPro Empire: How to Build your Business from Routine Route to a Multi-Unit Retail and Service Business

Staining, Scaling & Discoloration: Identification, Prevention & Removal

Changing Laws, Codes and Standards Affecting the Pool and Spa Industry: How APSP is Protecting You & What the

Changes Means to Your Business

Increasing Profit With Proper Job Costing Techniques

Water Chemistry in Challenging Pools

Waterproofing Pools, Spa & Water Structures — A Dynamic Systems Approach

11 a.m.

Lifestyle Booth — DESIGN 422: The Wonders of Water, Booth #761

Top Five Reasons to Embrace A Job Costing System, Booth #1011

Sales Tactics: Top Ten Tips for a Successful Follow Up, Booth #210

11:30 a.m.

How Water Chemistry Affects Commercial Pool Operations, Booth #2455

11:45 a.m.

Food, Conversation and Design's Impactful Roles in Making Outdoor Living Fabulous, Booth #210

12:30 p.m.

How to Market your Business Like It's 2018, Booth #1011

1:30 p.m.

Pool Prize Party, Booth #458