• ...And the APSP Award Goes To...

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    We all want to belong to something. And making that something better, stronger and more successful is what association membership is all about.

    Traditionally, awards programs are a way to show gratitude to volunteers, encourage achievement and reward accomplishment. This year, APSP is enhancing its awards program to honor and recognize the many people who contribute to the success of the industry through their involvement with the Association. Mixing traditional categories with new...

  • APSP and NSPF: Leadership On Display

    by Scott Webb June 2016

    Back in April, APSP and NSPF made the biggest industry news in years when they sat down and hammered out a bold and radical proposal to rationalize and unify their organizations.

    And here we are, several weeks later — the promise is made, the headlines have been splashed and now, the hard work lies before them. They must be murmuring to each other over the water cooler, "Can you believe we signed up for this?!"

    Imagine yourself, you, Mrs. Pool And Spa store owner, or you,...

  • APSP Fights For Industry Recognition

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals went back to Capitol Hill last month to ensure that pools and spas are not left out of the energy and tax incentive debate.
    APSP Energy Efficiency Coalition members Scott Petty, Hayward Pool Products; Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Joe Valentino, Speck Pumps; and Shajee Siddiqui, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., talked with members of Congress...

  • Anthony & Sylvan Pools Earns 13 Angie’s List Super Service Awards

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Anthony & Sylvan won 13 2015 Angie's List Super Service awards spread between divisions across the country, including Northeast, Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio and Las Vegas. This is Anthony & Sylvan’s third year in a row winning the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, which reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

    Anthony and Sylvan took home 13 total Angie’s List...

  • It's Dad vs. Dad in Funny Pool Safety Video

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    We all know pool safety is important — but to some, things can get a little competitive. In the below video, created by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, we witness a classic example of “keeping up with the Joneses,” but with a funny, pool-industry spin. Instead of one-upping each other with fancy cars and lavish vacations, we see two dads go head-to-head about who has the safer poolscape.

    One gets an alarm, the other gets a safety net. One gets a fence and…you get the...

  • IPSSA Creates Fund to Support Swim Lessons

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Bob Luedtke has been an IPSSA member for more than 25 years. He has served on the IPSSA BORD in the past as CFO, president and education chair. As a result, he has been aware that IPSSA chapters have, for many years, provided funding for free swim lessons to their local communities.

    “The Diamond Bar IPSSA chapter is a prime example,” Luedtke says. “They have been providing funding to pay for swim lessons at their local pool for many years and have helped that community by teaching...

  • SOI 2016: What Do Consumers Think About Pools and Spas?

    by Barrett Kilmer May 2016

    In 2007, the pool building business hit a high-water mark, with approximately 180,000 new pools put into the ground. A year later, the housing market collapsed and plunged the nation into a deep recession. Sales slumped. Builders went bust.

    The stronger builders found their footing and continued installing new pools, though in smaller numbers. After five years of slow, post-recession growth, last year builders only installed around 55,000 inground pools in the United States.

  • National Water Safety Month Begins

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Four leading aquatics organizations, along with several other water safety groups, are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices during National Water Safety Month.

    Throughout its nine year existence, National Water Safety Month has gained attention from Governors of all 50 states signing water safety proclamations, and Olympic swimmers highlighting the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the...

  • Why You Should Own IPSSA's Water Chemistry Training Manual

    by Eric Herman May 2016

    For those of us who are fascinated by water chemistry, especially of the pool and spa kind, there's a wonderful new resource well worth considering. The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association recently announced the release of its Basic Training Manual (2016 Revised Edition), Part I — Water Chemistry, by Robert W. Lowry. When it comes to the world of pool and spa water...

  • Does the Future Hold 25 Million New Pools?

    by Bil Kennedy May 2016

    In 1991, the residential inground swimming pool industry began an impressive 14-year run-up, going from 97,000 annual new pools to 176,000. To put that in perspective, the 2.1 million inground pools built during that period nearly equaled the entire number of pools built in the U.S. since the industry's emergence in the 1950s. In fact, nearly 40 percent of all inground pools today were built during that period.

    But as everyone knows, the party ended in 2006. Over the next four years...