• Time is Running Out to Submit AOE Entries

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Each year, APSP honors the most stunning examples of workmanship, creativity and beauty in the pool and spa industry with the annual Awards of Excellence. Thinking about submitting one of your projects for consideration? Act fast — submissions close June 30.

    "Why should I enter?" you may wonder. Several reasons. First: the more submissions APSP receives, the more they can promote the benefits of the pool and spa lifestyle to consumers, which means everyone wins.

  • Paragon Pools Holds 13th Annual Float Like a Duck Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Last month, Zodiac Pool Products, Cover-Pools and Carecraft joined Paragon Pools in promoting water safety through a partnership with the long-running Float Like A Duck campaign, which seeks to educating the public on the importance of safety while celebrating the joys of aquatic activities.

    “Water and water sports are an integral part of our lives whether it be in the bath, a pool, at the lake or beach," says nationally recognized water safety advocate and President of Paragon...

  • Master Pools Guild Donates to Step Into Swim Campaign

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    The Master Pools Guild recently donated $40,000 to the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Step Into Swim Campaign to help fund programs that teach the life-saving skill of swimming.

    Both NSPF and Master Pools Guild firmly believe that creating more swimmers will help more people live healthier and happier lives, reduce the risk of drowning and build demand for pools, spas, and the aquatics field. The Step Into Swim Campaign began in 2012 and has a goal to create 1 million more...

  • ...And the APSP Award Goes To...

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    We all want to belong to something. And making that something better, stronger and more successful is what association membership is all about.

    Traditionally, awards programs are a way to show gratitude to volunteers, encourage achievement and reward accomplishment. This year, APSP is enhancing its awards program to honor and recognize the many people who contribute to the success of the industry through their involvement with the Association. Mixing traditional categories with new...

  • APSP and NSPF: Leadership On Display

    by Scott Webb June 2016

    Back in April, APSP and NSPF made the biggest industry news in years when they sat down and hammered out a bold and radical proposal to rationalize and unify their organizations.

    And here we are, several weeks later — the promise is made, the headlines have been splashed and now, the hard work lies before them. They must be murmuring to each other over the water cooler, "Can you believe we signed up for this?!"

    Imagine yourself, you, Mrs. Pool And Spa store owner, or you,...

  • APSP Fights For Industry Recognition

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals went back to Capitol Hill last month to ensure that pools and spas are not left out of the energy and tax incentive debate.
    APSP Energy Efficiency Coalition members Scott Petty, Hayward Pool Products; Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Joe Valentino, Speck Pumps; and Shajee Siddiqui, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., talked with members of Congress...

  • Anthony & Sylvan Pools Earns 13 Angie’s List Super Service Awards

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Anthony & Sylvan won 13 2015 Angie's List Super Service awards spread between divisions across the country, including Northeast, Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio and Las Vegas. This is Anthony & Sylvan’s third year in a row winning the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, which reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

    Anthony and Sylvan took home 13 total Angie’s List...

  • It's Dad vs. Dad in Funny Pool Safety Video

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    We all know pool safety is important — but to some, things can get a little competitive. In the below video, created by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, we witness a classic example of “keeping up with the Joneses,” but with a funny, pool-industry spin. Instead of one-upping each other with fancy cars and lavish vacations, we see two dads go head-to-head about who has the safer poolscape.

    One gets an alarm, the other gets a safety net. One gets a fence and…you get the...

  • IPSSA Creates Fund to Support Swim Lessons

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Bob Luedtke has been an IPSSA member for more than 25 years. He has served on the IPSSA BORD in the past as CFO, president and education chair. As a result, he has been aware that IPSSA chapters have, for many years, provided funding for free swim lessons to their local communities.

    “The Diamond Bar IPSSA chapter is a prime example,” Luedtke says. “They have been providing funding to pay for swim lessons at their local pool for many years and have helped that community by teaching...

  • SOI 2016: What Do Consumers Think About Pools and Spas?

    by Barrett Kilmer May 2016

    In 2007, the pool building business hit a high-water mark, with approximately 180,000 new pools put into the ground. A year later, the housing market collapsed and plunged the nation into a deep recession. Sales slumped. Builders went bust.

    The stronger builders found their footing and continued installing new pools, though in smaller numbers. After five years of slow, post-recession growth, last year builders only installed around 55,000 inground pools in the United States.