• The Art of Construction

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    Over my many years writing about the pool and spa industry, I’ve witnessed scores of pools in the installation and renovation process. It’s a process that never ceases to amaze me.

    I’ve seen pools built outdoors and indoors, in high-rises and tiny backyards, on large estates, cantilevered off the sides of mountains, by the ocean, in the desert, in lavish resorts and middleclass homes. Every pool is different from the last, every client has his or her own particular wish lists and...

  • Covers Go Custom

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    The advantages of automatic pool covers are well documented. From safety to increased heating efficiency, ease of service, aesthetics and convenient operation, owners of both high-end and middleclass pools are opting for automatic covers in greater numbers.

    Complicating matters for auto cover manufacturers, however, is increasing customer interest in customized pools, pushing manufacturers to create covers than can cooperate with the myriad features that can be found in today's...

  • 'Million Dollar Pool Design' Finalists Announced

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Organizers of the International Pool |Spa | Patio Expo recently announced five finalists for the Million Dollar Pool Challenge. The competition is designed to give pool and landscape designers, builders and outdoor living architects chance to design a project without the typical budgetary restraints.

    Entrants were asked to create the ultimate oasis for a fictional couple with conflicting priorities like those often found in the real world.

    “We are absolutely thrilled with...

  • Stock-Tank Swimming

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2018

    Like drunken cowboys in second-rate Western flicks, a lot of folks are spending time soaking in stock tanks lately. Only these people haven't gotten there via face-punch or bartender banishment. Quite the contrary, actually. They're paying for the...

  • Pool Chemistry Training Institute Hits High Notes

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    This past Saturday, Sept. 29, I had the pleasure of attending a daylong chemistry class in Sacramento, Calif., presented by my long-time friends and associates Robert Lowry and Greg Garrett. Suffice to say, it was a day very well spent.

    Last year, the pair teamed up to establish the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, which is based largely on chemistry manuals authored by Lowry for IPSSA. Both men are...

  • Got Good Work? Enter the Shotcrete Awards

    by AQUA Editors September 2018

    The American Shotcrete Association is accepting entries for the 2018 ASA Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program. The awards are meant to demonstrate exceptional examples of shotcrete placement of concrete and to promote the shotcrete industry as a whole. The winners will be recognized at an awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2019 Shotcrete Convention and Technology Conference, Feb. 25-26, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Fernandina Beach, Fla.


  • This Pool Float Got a Serious Upgrade

    by Kathryn Howard September 2018

    While pool floats epitomize fun, their currently popularity has created somewhat of an arms race among manufacturers. Who can create the biggest pool float? The most Instagram-worthy pool float? The wackiest, high-concept float?

    Sound Float, from Spika International, is targeting another...

  • Swimming Pools: Gone to the Dogs

    by Dana Robinson September 2018

    Most people who invest in a backyard pool have done so for two reasons. 1) They love entertaining and being outdoors. 2) The pool is a great place to spend time with family — and sometimes, those family members are of the four-legged variety.

    Many people consider their pets to be full-fledged members of the family, with all the rights and privileges thereof. That includes a seat in the car on family vacations, annual birthday celebrations (complete with bone-shaped birthday cakes)...

  • Winterizing Inground Pools, Step by Step

    by PHTA Recreational Water Quality Committee September 2018

    The winterizing process is different for just about everyone. It can differ based on your geographic location, which can dictate when winterizing season begins, the types of pools you'll service, the maintenance required during the off-season and more.

    However you manage the winterizing process in your area, the goal is the same for everyone: protecting pools from damage to the equipment, interior finish, plumbing, tile and structure that can result from freezing...

  • The Humble Slide, Amplified

    by Eric Herman September 2018

    For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.

    Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...