• FSPA Names Person of the Year, HOF

    by AQUA Editors April 2019

    The Florida Swimming Pool Association recently announced its Person of the Year award and Hall of Fame inductees at the 2019 Everything Under the Sun Expo.

    The 2018 FSPA Person of the Year was awarded to Brian Kelly. Brian was an active member of FSPA over...

  • APSP/NSPF Alliance Underway — Details to Follow

    by Scott Webb April 2019

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance officially launched April 1, unifying the former NSPF and APSP. While crucial details of the merger — who will lead the Alliance as permanent CEO, where the new headquarters will be located, what staff will be retained, how the two organizations will mesh their respective programs, etc. — have not been worked out, the paperwork of the historic union has been signed and the new organization is operating...

  • CMAHC Launches New Study on Air Quality at Public Pools

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code is partnering with Purdue University and Michigan State University to conduct a study on indoor air quality at public pools.

    More specifically, the study will determine the exact operating conditions for indoor pools that will help prevent the buildup of disinfection byproducts. DBPs are formed when the chlorine used in pools to kill germs binds to the body waste swimmers bring into the pools (sweat, urine, etc.). When DBPs build up in...

  • DiGiovanni Recognized by International Swimming Hall of Fame

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    Carvin DiGiovanni, APSP vice president of technical and standards, will receive a Paragon Award in the category of recreational swimming from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in May.

    The Paragon Award marks yet another honor for DiGiovanni, who has won several since last year.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Al Turner Commitment to Excellence Award and received recognition from the International Code Council PMG. In addition to these awards, he was recognized in 2014 by the...

  • APSP Releases New Public Pool/Spa Standard

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    APSP has announced the newly revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas, which features significant changes that will impact pool and spa service professionals across the nation. 

    The new Standard is the first comprehensive, data-driven and knowledge-based national Standard for pool and spa water quality and chemistry. It is ideal for understanding the minimum guidelines surrounding water quality parameters in public swimming pools and spas for...

  • 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...