During the 1928 presidential campaign, Herbert Hoover famously promised that in addition to “a...
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is rolling out a new online, self-paced course for...
Amazon is further investing in experiential retail, this time by rolling out a show digital...
by AQUA Editors March 2017
The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.
The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...
by Andrew Brown March 2017
Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"
Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...
by AQUA Editors February 2017
The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association, the largely California-based industry association, is growing — and plans to expand toward the East Coast.
The organization kicked off its expansion efforts by exhibiting at the Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January, the largest regional trade show on the East Coast. Encouraged by interest from local organizations and service professionals, January's show marked the...
The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has named the winners for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards – Builders and Service Competition. For the first time, the award winners were announced at a cocktail reception held at The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January.
The 2016 competition saw more than four dozen companies submit more than 200 entries for the Builders Competition and the Service Competition....
by Barrett Kilmer February 2017
Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.
But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...
by AQUA Editors January 2017
The North American Sauna Society, a nonprofit organization designed to promote the traditional Nordic sauna experience in the U.S. and Canada, is now accepting new retail members.Members can enjoy access to tools to help increase visibility, including store signage and blog posts for marketing purposes, as well as aid with lead generation. The
by APSP January 2017
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was truly where it all came together for the pool and spa industry. Council meetings, seminars, training and parties took center stage as members mingled, conducted business and renewed acquaintances. Award winners were celebrated and recognized by their peers, leaving us all with a great reminder of what is good and honorable in our industry.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.
"We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."
The list of classes includes:
As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?
by Scott Webb January 2017
When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.
More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...