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  • 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...

  • APSP Launches Commercial Council

    by Daniel Seeger October 2018

    At last year's PSP Expo in Orlando, APSP met to gauge interest in developing a group that would focus on the commercial side of the pool and spa industry.

    The response was overwhelming. The event played out to a standing-room-only crowd, with a vigorous exchange of ideas among all assembled.

    “As we continued on in that meeting and asked questions of what people were interested in, we found a great alignment within the entire industry,” says Donna Williams, chief marketing...

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners: Silver

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Last week we kicked off our monthlong celebration of the Awards of Excellence with a look at the impressive lineup of projects in the Bronze-winning category. Now, we're moving on to the Silver award winners.

    This week you'll find projects than range from simply sensational to the sensationally simple, some with geometric borders and others with craftily coped edges. Fire effects, luxe lighting and fantastic homes frame the work, all of which earned the second-highest accolade the...

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners: Bronze

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence program recognizes the most beautiful, creative and ingeniously engineered projects in the pool and spa industry. We'll be revealing them all month long leading up to the PSP Expo, starting with the bronze winners.

    And as always, there's still one big prize to be decided: The Fan Favorite award. Head over to apsp.org/fanfavorite and cast your vote between now and Oct. 26. The winner will be...

  • New Residential Pool Chemistry Certification Available

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Veteran educators Greg Garrett and Robert Lowry have created a new course on residential swimming pool chemistry for professional service technicians under the name of their newly formed Pool Chemistry Training Institute (PCTI). Pool Chemistry Certification – Residential (PCC-R) is a one-day course that includes six hours...

  • Carvin DiGiovanni to Step Down from APSP

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    After 28 years of leading APSP’s efforts developing technical standards, Carvin DiGiovanni has announced he is moving on to new challenges and opportunities. As the association’s vice president of technical and standards, DiGiovanni boasts a distinguished list of accomplishments across a range of key...

  • There’s Still Time to Submit to the 2018 Awards of Excellence

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Update, 7/2: The deadline to enter this competition has been extended to 7/5! Submit your projects here.

    The deadline to enter into the Awards of Excellence is this week — have you submitted yet? The deadline is June 29.

    Hundreds of designers and builders enter their pools for consideration for the Awards of Excellence, the industry’s largest design competition. The...

  • 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...