• Inside Chlorine's Staying Power

    by Eric Herman October 2016

    For all of the criticism and market pressure brought to bear on traditional chlorination, proponents point out that despite popular concerns and a spectrum of available alternatives, chlorine has remained indispensable for many professionals and consumers alike — a fact that is not likely to change anytime soon.

    In 1908, Jersey City, N.J., became the first city in the U.S. to apply full-scale chlorination to its drinking water. Within a few short years, other major cities including...

  • Outdoor Living: What’s Trending Right Now

    by Ted Lawrence October 2016

    We've really come a long way in the pool and spa industry.

    When I first entered this business, the vast majority of builders and retailers were selling what I call "boxes of water," or rectangular pools with hoppers and diving boards. Some would even advertise themselves with slogans like, "We sell everything from the coping on in."

    Life was pretty good, but life was simple — even a bit bare-bones. The consumer's backyard was left with nothing around it, no landscaping,...

  • APCs: A Pool Owner's Best Friend

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    For many pool owners, the automatic pool cleaner is an indispensable part of the backyard.

    Those who work full time, for example, and bounce from the office to soccer practice to the dinner table, simply don't have time to worry about manually vacuuming the pool. At the same time, there's much to be said for the convenience of an APC — just toss it in for a few hours and come back to a sparkling pool, all without lifting a finger.{bglink 3831}

    It's unsurprising, then, that...

  • Sauna Pants: They're Real, and They're Spectacular

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Since the dawn of civilization, man has longed for the sensation of sauna in his loins, but was disinclined by the time and hassle of actually stripping down and taking a sauna. Equally...

  • October 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Wondering what's new in pool and spa products? Wonder no more! This month, we have quite a selection of innovative items, from a cool new Apple Watch interface and a multipurpose swim spa to four new chemical offerings. Scroll down for more.


  • Why I Love This Industry

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    We don't claim it's perfect, and there are moments of frustration in any line of work, but overall, we have to admit the pool and spa industry is a great place to make a living.  The result of our toil and effort, in the end, is often a smile of relaxation and enjoyment on a little girl's face as she plays in a clean, clear water.

    Every year, in our State of the Industry Survey, we ask the professionals of this industry what they like most about the job. Today we offer a few of...

  • AQUA Celebrates Four Decades

    by Scott Webb September 2016

    Forty years ago this month, we started out in the magazine business. We were Spa And Sauna magazine then. It was September 1976, the Olympics had just concluded, Bruce Jenner was in the headlines…

    Obviously, some things have changed.

    For example, Spa and Sauna magazine became AQUA. We changed the name to reflect the fact that most North American spa dealers were leisure aquatics dealers;...

  • September 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    Need a new pool net? Want a new vinyl liner option for your showroom? We've got you covered in this month's roundup of new products — scroll down for more.

    My Pool Chart
    My Pool Chart is an app designed by service technicians, for service technicians, that makes it easy to maintain records...

  • Top It Off: Hot Tub Cover and Lifter Roundup

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    What are the three magic words every hot tub salesperson loves to hear?

    "I'll take it!"

    Not only does that phrase mean you're getting a hot tub out the door, it also means you have an opportunity to add onto the sale (and boost your commission) with accessories that make the hot tub lifestyle even better.

    First up: a hot tub cover. Covers protect the spa from the elements, help maintain proper water chemistry, save energy and offer a safety precaution when the hot...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...