• 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 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...

  • APSP Announces Key Employee Promotion

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    APSP recently announced that Silvia Uribe has been promoted to director of education. In her new role, Uribe will be responsible for developing and growing APSP University’s certification programs and the overall strategic direction of APSP University.

    “We are delighted that Silvia will be leading APSP’s education,” says Lawrence Caniglia, president and CEO of APSP. Over the past year, she has done a great job strengthening our educational offerings and expanding our lineup. Silvia...

  • Commercial Firms Expecting Lifeguard Shortage, Delayed Openings

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern this week that many commercial pools and spas will be delayed in opening this summer season along the East Coast, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Pools that will be impacted are those that supplement their American Lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program. The swimming pool industry’s...

  • The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance Announces New Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance announces David Atencio as the new executive director. Eileen Benjamin, former executive director of The Alliance, stepped down due to unforeseen health concerns. Benjamin and Atencio are communicating during the transition to ensure the momentum of the past several months continues.

    Atencio brings over 20 years of industry experience, most recently as the chief operating officer of Athlete Training and Health in Houston, Texas. He is an...