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  • IPSSA Expands Education Fund

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association has expanded its Education Fund and will now subsidize multiple classes throughout the industry to lower the overall cost of education for service professionals. The subsidized training courses are available to all self-employed swimming pool/spa service professionals in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas — regardless of whether or not they are IPSSA...

  • NJ Passes Law Requiring Licenses for Pool Builders/Service Techs

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill establishing license requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in New Jersey.  The law will go into effect on July 30, 2019.

    "Through the advocacy efforts of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, and our PennJersey and Metro NY/NJ Chapters, this law was developed to protect not only the residents of New Jersey but also the contractors and their employees that provide...

  • APSP and NSPF To Merge, Completing the Work of 2016

    by Scott Webb January 2019

    Today, APSP and NSPF surprised the industry by announcing the two organizations would merge into one, The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, with a single CEO and a single board of directors. Such a merger was attempted three years ago, but ultimately failed as the two organizations began to contemplate the difficult details that would be required.

    This time the approach is different. Both CEOs, Tom Lachocki of NSPF and Larry Caniglia of APSP, are leaving, making way for a single new...

  • Pkdata: Shrinking to Greatness?

    by Bil Kennedy January 2019

    During the 1928 presidential campaign, Herbert Hoover famously promised that in addition to “a chicken in every pot,” there would also be “a car in every driveway.” That would have been a neat trick back then, even without the Depression: at the time there were 21 million cars and 57 million driveways. Yet as we know, cars eventually caught up with driveways.

    Pools, however, seem to be on a different course. True, the percent of single-family homes with inground pools has increased...

  • APSP Unveils Online Course for Pool and Spa Retailers

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is rolling out a new online, self-paced course for pool and spa retailers called Certified Pool & Spa Retail Professional (CRP).

    Designed for those interested in running a successful swimming pool and spa business, the eight-hour interactive course introduces the core principles of pool and spa operations and best practices for sales and customer service. Topics covered in the course include retail housekeeping, retail environment...

  • Top Instructors Recognized by NSPF

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation has announced the winners of its annual Instructor Awards, presented to active NSPF instructors whose diligence over the previous year marked a significant contribution to advancing NSPF’s mission. Just prior to the 2018 World Aquatic Health Conference in Charleston, S.C., NSPF formally recognized the top instructors and...

  • APSP Honors 2018 Fellows

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    The rank of APSP Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. Nominees for the rank of APSP Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the APSP Fellows Program.

     


  • Meet 2018's Young Professionals of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Veteran pool and spa pros have survived the Great Recession, successfully battled online competition and kept pace with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. The next hurdle, however, is especially steep: finding young leaders to replace them.

    Fortunately, APSP has identified a budding class of young professionals who have proven the future of the industry is in capable hands. Take a look at the winners of the 2018 Young Professionals award below — these are the names you’re...

  • A Look at the Zodiac/Fluidra Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Mergers and acquisitions are not at all uncommon in the pool and spa industry; consolidation has played a great role in shaping our industry for decades. However, rarely are they as significant as the merger between between Barcelona-based Fluidra and Zodiac...

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Each year, hundreds of accomplished pool designers and builders enter their best projects into APSP's Awards of Excellence competition. In the past two weeks, we've shown you dozens of amazing examples of this work with the Bronze- and Silver-winning entries. Now, we're revealing the Gold winners.

    Among the 15 winners below you'll find several vanishing edges on precipitous perches, a pool with a concrete grotto crowned with fire effects, a glass-tiled...