News: Organization News
- APSP Approves $1.3 Million Education Revamp
by AQUA Editors June 2017
The APSP Board of Directors approved a $1.3 million investment in education and training initiatives last week to meet the challenge of finding, hiring and educating qualified workers and to develop career paths within the industry.
The initiative will include upgrading all existing certification courses and developing new courses for both online and classroom consumption with an eye on young workers coming into the workforce. It will position APSP as an accredited education...
- Pentair and APSP Team Up for New Education Program
by Barrett Kilmer June 2017
May was National Water Safety Month, an annual event when our entire industry comes together to encourage safer recreational water practices. It's a time to spread the word about water safety through special events and media outreach, as well as a good opportunity to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we could be doing better.
One company, Pentair, a global leader in pool and spa equipment, has developed a way to increase familiarity with APSP's standards and thus deliver on...
- Should Pool Pros Worry About Drought in Florida?
by Kathryn Howard June 2017
While California’s historic five-year-long drought has finally lifted,...
- Genesis & NSPF: Happy Together
by Eric Herman May 2017
When the National Swimming Pool Foundation acquired Genesis (originally Genesis 3) back in November 2015, many in the industry were surprised, at least at first.
On one side of the deal, NSPF serves the industry with programs that focus on the needs of professionals who operate commercial pool and spa facilities, chiefly through its CPO program that trains upwards of 30,000 pool operators each year. Founded in 1963, the foundation is similarly well known for its ongoing efforts to...
- Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence
by AQUA Editors May 2017
The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.
Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...
- Spinning Triumph From Tragedy
by AQUA Editors May 2017
Laura Metro knows what fear in a helicopter feels like.
In 2011, her 3-year-old son, Clay, fell victim to a near-drowning accident in a public pool in Bethany Beach, Del. A bystander who had only seen CPR on TV started trying to revive him until the paramedics arrived. Metro rode with her son for 30 minutes in a medivac helicopter to a hospital in Wilmington where Clay was treated.
That terrifying flight, she says, "was the beginning of a much greater...
- NESPA Releases Results from 2017 Pool & Spa Industry Survey
by AQUA Editors May 2017
NESPA has released the results of its second annual industry survey, a report that covers business trends, insights and strategies among pool and spa professionals in the Northeastern U.S.
"Keeping our fingers on the pulse of our industry is essential for NESPA so that we can best serve our members and help our members best serve their customers,” says NESPA President Irene Insignares. "As a business owner, having the chance to see what other companies are trying in the areas of...
- APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia
by AQUA Editors April 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association. Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:
• Industry best practice
"We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...
- Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits
by Eric Herman April 2017
Ever since the first time humans stepped into a warm geothermal pool, we've known how good it feels. And beyond that wonderful sensation of aquatic immersion, we've also long suspected doing so is really good for us.
Thanks to an ever-growing body of research, we've learned how swimming can lower blood pressure,
- NESPA Establishes Task Force to Honor Paulette Pitrak
by AQUA Editors March 2017
NESPA, with the help of APSP and NSPF, is establishing a task force to memorialize longtime Deputy Executive Director Paulette Pitrak — and needs your help.
The task force, established by Steve Gorlin of Gorlin Pools and Spas (Lakehurst, N.J.) has a simple mission: To commemorate the many contributions Pitrak made over her 20-year career in the pool and spa industry.
“We’re looking for ideas,” Gorlin says. “We’re looking for any type of an idea that would properly honor and...