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  • Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.

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  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • CPSA to Combine with NSPF

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The California Pool & Spa Association is expanding its geographic focus, forming a new entity called the The Pool, Spa & Aquatics Alliance and combining with NSPF. The alliance will become effective January 1, 2018.

    Under the terms of the agreement, CPSA will continue its work in government relations, and will share its lobbying expertise with NSPF as the Foundation looks to ramp up its efforts to help shape legislation on the national level.

    According to Bruce Dunn,...

  • AST Certification Course Celebrates First Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    NSPF’s certification program, the Advanced Service Technician Certification course, celebrated its first anniversary last month. The AST Certification course certified...

  • Vote on MAHC Changes at Vote on the Code Conference

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code announces that CMAHC members will be voting on 179 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code at the second Vote on the Code biennial conference, October 17 to 18 in Denver, Colo.

    The Model Aquatic Health Code is a voluntary guidance...

  • CPSA Ends Affiliation with APSP

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The California Pool and Spa Association has announced it is terminating its affiliation agreement with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The two organizations began their affiliation in the drought and subsequent water crisis of 2016 in California.
     
    “When California faced a historic, five-year drought, CPSA led the effort to defend our industry and members against unwarranted regulations proposed in cities and districts throughout California that would have destroyed...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2017

    Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.

    "Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...

  • Hot Tub Troubleshooters

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?

    A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...

  • Industry Figures Urge Readiness For New Pump Standards

    by Daniel Seeger August 2017

    Whenever new regulations are delivered to the doorstep of an industry, it can cause understandable dismay. Sometimes, though, the shift in requirements can simply provide a boost in getting manufacturers where they’re already going. The new rules governing dedicated-purpose pool pumps fall into the latter category, according to many in the industry.

    “It’s going to expand what has already been happening for a while now,” says Jeff Farlow, program manager of energy initiatives for...