• NSPF Board of Directors Receives Four New Members

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    NSPF welcomes four new members to its board of directors: Troy Franzen, Karl Frykman, Captain Julie Gilchrist and Clark Hale.

    “As our family grows, so, too, does our support from leaders and visionaries to guide our future,” says NSPF Chairman of the Board Bruce Dunn. “It is with great pride that we welcome these four leaders to the NSPF board of directors.”

    Troy Franzen has served as managing director of Zodiac Pool Systems since January 2012. Franzen joined Zodiac as...

  • APSP Joins Forces With Mexican Trade Association

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina A.C. have announced an international partnership, bringing together two respected organizations committed to the advancement of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and APPAC President Ignacio Barroso signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry in...

  • 2017 APSP Industry Achievement Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    In addition to the Awards of Excellence, APSP honors individuals who have made great strides to help better their communities and the industry at large. These awards include Certified Pool Builder of the Year, Certified Service Professional of the Year, industry Fellows, Young Professionals of the Year, Chapter of the Year and, for the first time, the Retailer of the Year.


  • Class (Back) In Session

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2017

    Fifteen years ago, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals developed a training course aimed at helping commercial operators gain certification in states that required it. A few short years later, the association shelved the program. Now, after extensive updates and modifications, APSP is rolling out a...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part II)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    All month long, we at AQUA have reveled the winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence competition. Today, it all comes to an end with our final batch of gold winners.

    Below, you’ll find 11 one-of-a-kind projects that represent the best our industry offers. And while all of them are beautifully designed, they also highlight the immense technical prowess required to surmount the inevitable construction challenges that come with pool and spa construction. Sloping hills, complex...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part I)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Hundreds of pool builders each year submit their best works to APSP’s Awards of Excellence competition. And while dozens of honors are handed out, only a select few strike gold.

    Below, take a look at just a few of this year’s gold winning entries, which include razor-sharp Lautner knife edges, sprawling geometrics and more.

    The first half of our gold winners are below; come back Thursday to see the rest. Be sure to click on the images for a better view, too.


  • Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.


  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • CPSA to Combine with NSPF

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The California Pool & Spa Association is expanding its geographic focus, forming a new entity called the The Pool, Spa & Aquatics Alliance and combining with NSPF. The alliance will become effective January 1, 2018.

    Under the terms of the agreement, CPSA will continue its work in government relations, and will share its lobbying expertise with NSPF as the Foundation looks to ramp up its efforts to help shape legislation on the national level.

    According to Bruce Dunn,...

  • AST Certification Course Celebrates First Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    NSPF’s certification program, the Advanced Service Technician Certification course, celebrated its first anniversary last month. The AST Certification course certified...