• CDC Releases First Model Aquatic Health Code

    by Cailley Hammel September 2014

    Model Aquatic Health Code

    The Centers for Disease Control have released the first Model Aquatic Health Code, a voluntary set of measures created to improve swimmer health and safety in aquatic...

  • Gottwald Calls For Focused Effort

    by Scott Webb September 2014

    Members of the pool and spa industry gathered recently in Fort Worth, Texas for APSP’s Industry Summit, where Hundreds of industry CEOs and senior level decision makers, including top NESPA staff and board members, were in attendance. Through the speakers, Q&A sessions, meetings and networking events, Summit attendees were presented with opportunities to improve their companies and the industry through strategic and tactical means. 

    Perhaps the biggest news to emerge...

  • New Study: Arthritis Relieved by Intensive Aquatic Exercise

    by Eric Herman August 2014

    Results of an important new study published in t2015 Comprehensive Pool Code Now Available

    by Scott Webb July 2014

    The 2015 version of the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), the industry’s only comprehensive model code covering both residential and commercial swimming pools and spas is now available from APSP. 

    The ISPSC uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas and hot tubs.

    “The ISPSC was developed by ICC members with input from a wide range of industry experts, which in 2012...

  • Business Briefs: June 2014

    by Cailley Hammel June 2014

    Vassallo Wins Honor for Promoting Water Safety

    photo of Vassallo winning a 2014 Lifesaver Award
    From left: McGruff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Fighting Dog; Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Public Education & Information Officer; Lois Tarkanian, Las Vegas City Councilwoman; and Joseph M. Vassallo, Paragon Pools
  • New Standard For Custom Spas, Swim Spas

    by Scott Webb June 2014

    APSP has announced a newly revised standard covering custom, inground spas and swim spas. This standard does not concern factory-built portable spas or factory-built swim spas, nor does it cover public spas.

    Major changes from the previous version of this standard from 1999 include the addition of permanent inground “swim spas,” which has caught the attention and excitement of consumers. “A swim spa provides a wonderful opportunity for homeowners who are challenged...

  • Landscape Design Conference Co-Locating with the 2014 PSP Expo

    by Cailley Hammel June 2014

    As the industry continues to evolve, one of the issues we’ve stressed is growing the relationship between the pool building and landscape design industries. That goal has reached a new step with a major announcement: The PSP Expo has partnered with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, which has agreed to co-locate its...

  • Virginia to Implement Comprehensive Pool and Spa Code

    by Scott Webb May 2014

    The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), a comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code covering all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, waterparks and portable and inground spas, has been adopted in the state of Virginia and Washington, DC.

    While the code is in force at the local government level in some areas of the country, Virginia is the first to adopt the code statewide.

    Developed jointly with APSP and the International Code...

  • CPSA Announces Sacramento Conference

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    As drought conditions worsen, the CPSA is continuing its efforts to protect the California pool and spa industry with an industry-wide meeting for the Sacramento region May 20. 

    The meeting, supported by APSP and IPSSA, will cover a wide variety of subjects aimed at pool builder, service companies and other pool and spa professionals. In particular, the meeting will address strategies for responding to water restrictions, including those that the organization says unfairly...

  • Early Registration open for 2014 WAHC in Portland

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    Early registration is now open for the World Aquatic Health Conference, offering a $50 savings for people who register by June 1. Hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the two-day event is slated for October 8-10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Ore.

    “Helping to make pools fiscally sustainable and improve the safety of those facilities will more likely lead to keeping them open, and keep people coming back for the two things they value most —...