RECENT ARTICLES
  • Are You Checking Your Customers' Drain Covers?

    by APSP June 2018

    As you head into the pool and spa season, APSP wants to make sure that you replace your customers' expired drain covers or suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFA's). It's been many years since the Federal mandates in the Virginia Graeme Baker have been in effect, including the requirement that
        1.    All suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs) or drain covers manufactured or sold comply with the referenced ANSI/APSP-16 Standard; and 


        2.    All commercial pool and spa...

  • APSP Announces Key Employee Promotion

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    APSP recently announced that Silvia Uribe has been promoted to director of education. In her new role, Uribe will be responsible for developing and growing APSP University’s certification programs and the overall strategic direction of APSP University.

    “We are delighted that Silvia will be leading APSP’s education,” says Lawrence Caniglia, president and CEO of APSP. Over the past year, she has done a great job strengthening our educational offerings and expanding our lineup. Silvia...

  • Commercial Firms Expecting Lifeguard Shortage, Delayed Openings

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern this week that many commercial pools and spas will be delayed in opening this summer season along the East Coast, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Pools that will be impacted are those that supplement their American Lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program. The swimming pool industry’s...

  • The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance Announces New Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance announces David Atencio as the new executive director. Eileen Benjamin, former executive director of The Alliance, stepped down due to unforeseen health concerns. Benjamin and Atencio are communicating during the transition to ensure the momentum of the past several months continues.

    Atencio brings over 20 years of industry experience, most recently as the chief operating officer of Athlete Training and Health in Houston, Texas. He is an...

  • Models of Consistency

    by Daniel Seeger May 2018

    As anyone who’s ever tried to work on pool and spa installations across a wide region can attest, the array of regulations that need to be followed can be maddening. The collection of different legal requirements and other guidelines can force installers to spend nearly as much time combing through law tomes as they do getting equipment into place.

    This is a hardship the government relations team of The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals seeks to eliminate, or at least...

  • APSP Announces New and Improved Online Course

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    APSP announces the availability of its new and improved Certified Hot Tub Technician online, self-paced course.

    Designed for those that service and repair portable hot tubs, the CHTT program covers the essentials of servicing portable and permanently installed hot tubs and spas, equipment repair and replacement. Students can earn their CHTT certification by taking the course online or on-site at a regional event. Those that successfully complete the course can take the exam either...

  • Aquatic Leaders Unite to Promote National Water Safety Month

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, the World Waterpark Association and several other water safety groups, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a campaign held during the month of May that raises awareness about water safety and highlights the importance pf public education regarding safer practices for...

  • APSP Announces New Commercial Council

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    APSP announces the formation of its new Commercial Council, a group dedicated to tackling key issues, risks and opportunities facing the design, construction, operation and servicing of commercial pools and spas.

    “As APSP sharpens our focus on advancing the industry and its interest, we look forward to strengthening the commercial pool and spa industry segment,” says APSP president and CEO Lawrence Caniglia. “The creation of this council helps us keep moving the industry...

  • What You Need to Know About APSP-16 and VGB

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2018

    The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals is preparing an updated version of the ANSI/APSP-16 standard, a key provision in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act that deals with the testing, installation and performance of pool and spa drain covers. The changes were prompted by an APSP-16 committee review of the standard to primarily review and update the testing and performance protocols.

    “We were talking through the various testing steps, when one test lab said, ‘We...

  • Up and Running

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals rolled out an online and modularized version of its popular Certified Maintenance Specialist course last November in an effort to bring training to a new generation of pool and spa pros. The other five residential certification courses that make up APSP University are slated to follow suit by the middle of the year. It's an ambitious undertaking, but one the Board of Directors deemed crucial when it approved $1.3 million in funding for the...