• APSP Combines Efforts with CPSA

    by AQUA Editors August 2015

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces additional support to bolster the efforts by The California Pool and Spa Association, specifically in Southern California, as the industry continues efforts to educate local policymakers and regulators and the public about water use by pools and spas to ensure that proposed water restrictions do not adversely impact the pool and spa industry.

    APSP has retained California-based national lobby firm Nossaman to work in close...

  • APSP Announces Consumer Campaign

    by AQUA Editors August 2015

    This morning, APSP announced plans to launch the industry's first consumer campaign, which will be called "Escape."

    The campaign will span across a variety of channels including print advertisements, a microsite, experiential trade show marketing and PR and digital media support. In addition to garnering consumer awareness, the effort also unites manufacturers and dealers behind the common goal of promoting the industry on a national scale.

    As APSP President and CEO Rich...

  • APSP Announces Winner of $5,000 Lowry Award

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    APSP has announced the winner of the 2015 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant. This...

  • APSP News: Letter from Rich Gottwald

    by Rich Gottwald July 2015

    Last week, we at APSP announced our partnership with AQUA Magazine. One of the reasons we're excited for this alliance is that it allows us to reach our members more frequently through updates like this one, which you'll be seeing on a regular basis in AQUA's e-newsletter.

    This partnership also means we are retiring AQ Magazine, the quarterly publication of the association, to access a greater market and position us for growth in other areas. We envision this partnership with AQUA...

  • AQUA Announces Alliance with APSP

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    AQUA magazine is pleased to announce an alliance with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest association representing the pool and spa industry. AQUA will become the media partner to APSP, providing information about the Association's extensive efforts in education, business development for pool and spa companies, standards, safety, lobbying, research, and other areas.

    As part of the agreement, APSP will retire AQ magazine, its quarterly publication, and each...

  • CPSA to Study Effects of Pool Covers on Evaporation

    by AQUA Editors July 2015

    “Pools use less water than lawns of the same size.” It’s a commonly touted phrase, especially as pool pros continue to fight the perception that swimming pools waste water — but how true is it? The California Pool and Spa Association plans to find out with a new study.

    The study, which will be conducted in partnership with the National Plasterers Council, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, will quantify the water...

  • Business Briefs: Late June 2015

    by AQUA Editors June 2015

    An executive staffer returns to S.R.Smith, Pentair Commercial supports a swim competition, we announce the winners of our SOI survey raffle and more.

    Fritts Returns to S.R.Smith in New Role

    Brett Fritts is set to re-join S.R.Smith as the company's vice president and...

  • In Commemoration: Monica Ransom

    by AQUA Editors June 2015

    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend and co-worker Monica Ransom, after a short bout with brain cancer, in Long Beach on June 4th. Monica was an important part of the AQUA Show staff for 15 years from 1992 until its sale in 2006. 

    Monica started with AQUA in 1990, and when the AQUA Show began in 1992, she was instrumental in running the California office. After the sale of the Show,...

  • Pool Plaster Standard Proposed

    by Scott Webb May 2015

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has announced a new draft standard for the plastering of swimming pools and spas. 

    The standard, called the Board of Standards Review/APSP/International Code Council/National Plasterers Council – 12 201X, covers the material and application for the plastering of cementitious finish coatings for in-ground swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels. It sets forth the identification and stipulation of non-structural...

  • YMCA And NSPF Announce Training Agreement

    by Scott Webb May 2015

    YMCA of the USA is phasing out the current Pool Operator on Location training program and replacing it with a training option aligned with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code. As part of this commitment, Y-USA has signed a Preferred Vendor Agreement with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to deliver the Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification. 

    “Adopting the CPO Certification program makes sense. It facilitates our compliance with the...