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  • 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...

  • WAHC 2018 Dates Announced

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Organizers of the World Aquatic Health Conference invite industry pros to save the date for this year’s event: October 10-12 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, S.C.

    The WAHC is an educational conference designed to help aquatic industry professionals discuss, learn and network with like-minded people. Each year, attendees report having gained new information and valuable connections that directly benefit their field of...

  • APSP's 2017 In Review: An Aggressive Agenda

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2018

    By any measure, 2017 was a good year for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The trade group invested heavily in education and advocacy, its core competencies, and created a commercial council and a networking group for budding pool pros, all while managing to end the fiscal year in the black. Rich Gottwald, APSP's president and CEO, is understandably proud of what his staff, the volunteers and the association's membership accomplished in the past year and the firm footing it...

  • APSP Water Conservation Efficiency Standard Approved by ANSI

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announce that the American National Standards Institute has approved its ANSI/APSP/ICC-13 2017 American National Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency in Residential and Public Pools, Spas, Portable Spas and Swim Spas.

    This Standard covers methods and technologies to increase the efficient use and conservation of water. It applies to both new and existing facilities to address water use by pools, spas, portable spas and swim spas,...

  • International Alliance Launched to Advance Global Pool and Spa Industry

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    Representatives from 16 countries gathered at the Aquanale conference in Cologne, Germany, last month to form the World Alliance of Pool & Spa Associations, or WAPSA. The United States, represented by APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald, joins Australia, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey in the new union.

    Designed to protect and promote the industry, the WAPSA will specifically...