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  • 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...

  • The Alliance and CPSA Announce Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    On March 1, Eileen Benjamin started her role as the executive director for The California Pool & Spa Association and The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance. With Benjamin at the helm, The Alliance is poised to increase value to members, expand the member base and support the growth of the aquatics...

  • Apps Will Help Define the Future of Aquatic Management

    by Eric Herman February 2018

    For the past few years, one of the most ballyhooed categories of aquatic innovation has been the seemingly ubiquitous “app.” All of the major equipment manufacturers now offer apps that can be used to monitor and control important pool and spa functions. There are apps for monitoring chemistry and calculating dosages for sanitizing and water balance, and consumers can test their water and order chemicals just by tapping that little screen.

    Managers of high-use commercial aquatic...

  • Mustering An Army of Instructors

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2018

    When APSP decided to reintroduce it's shelved PPSO (Professional Pool & Spa Operator) commercial certification program last year, it faced a couple of challenges. It needed money and manpower to update the course, naturally, and the Association had a lot of work to do to spread the word that there was a new way to earn one's stripes as a commercial operator. But what about readying the corps of instructors needed to bring the material to the masses?

    AQUA spoke with Silvia Uribe,...

  • NSPF Honors Top Instructors for 2017

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    NSPF honored its instructors for their performance over the past year with an award ceremony at the 14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference in Denver, Colo. Representatives from NSPF presented the awards during the International Instructor Update Meeting.

    “It is the efforts of NSPF instructors that allow us to work towards our mission,” says Michelle Kavanaugh, mission...