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  • Southeast Pool & Spa Show Changes 2018 Show Dates

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To prevent a conflict with Orlando’s Everything Under the Sun Expo, the Southeast Pool & Spa Show is moving it 2018 show dates. Per the announcement:

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the Florida Show had to move their show dates to one week earlier for 2018. By doing this, the show overlapped with the Southeast Show in Nashville. While we don't feel it would affect the attendees, we do recognize that it could affect some vendors. After reaching out to a number of...

  • Texas Strong

    by Merry Wise September 2017

    It’s hard to watch helplessly as rain pours in sheets outside your window, and the TV is showing homes of strangers, family, friends and customers threatened by massive destruction and floods.  Yet all of us in the pool industry in Texas have experienced the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, some of us personally experiencing heartbreaking loss, others blessed with little or no damage but hurting for our fellow Texans and for our neighbors in Florida and other states as well.

    Most of...

  • September 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Itching to try new products? Take a look at the newest industry products below, including a new vinyl liner pattern, a refillable chemical dispensing system, a heater and more.

    Cordelia
    Cordelia's Premium Pool Shock is designed to work in tandem with Cordelia's full line of saltwater pool...

  • The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2017

    Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.

    "Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...

  • Winterizing Products to Help You Close Up Shop

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    {bglink 5232}Unless you're lucky enough to be in an area with year-round swimming, it's time to start thinking about the fall rush that is winterizing season. Properly winterizing a pool is critical on several levels. First and foremost is safety; a securely covered pool protects children and pets from falling in. There's product longevity: Winterizing from the cover to the skimmer and plumbing helps the overall pool withstand harsh winter weather. And finally, a winterized pool makes your...

  • 2017’s Top Hot Tub Showroom Design Trends

    by Cailley Hammel August 2017

    There are several key ingredients to success in the hot tub business, including a stellar team, great customer service and a deep knowledge of the products you carry. Another equally important factor: The look and feel of your showroom, which plays a huge role in swaying potential customers to make a purchase.

    There are several reasons why. According to a report by Market Track, the majority of U.S. shoppers prefer to buy in-store over online, especially for bigger ticket items....

  • Workplace Drug Abuse: Reducing the Risk of Impaired Workers

    by Phillip M. Perry August 2017

    More people than ever before are using drugs illicitly, presenting employers with the costly burden of identifying and responding appropriately to workplace drug abuse. Failure to maintain a drug free workplace can lead to an erosion of profits caused by everything from lower employee productivity to lawsuits by injured customers. The problem has become more difficult with the escalation of opioid addiction and the legalization of marijuana on the state level.

    Workplace drug abuse...

  • Ledge Lounger Ranks on the 2017 Inc. 5000

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Ledge Lounger has been ranked No. 420 on the 36th annual Inc. 5000, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful independent companies in America, and has in the past included internationally known companies like Microsoft, Under Armour, Zappos, LinkedIn and more.

    The average company on the list achieved a three-year average growth of 481 percent. Ledge Lounger’s three-year sales growth was an...

  • APSP University Announces PSP Expo Course Lineup

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals APSP University announces its certification courses and training scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers, service providers and retailers at the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

    APSP University Certification Courses offered include:

  • Taking Confidence Mobile

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    When Diana Goodwin first took swim lessons as a kid, she hated it. “I would sit on the edge of the pool and refused to get in the water,” she recalls. “At first it seemed like I was a hopeless case.” Her parents didn’t give up and decided to give private lessons a try. “That was all I needed, just a little one-on-one instruction so I could gain confidence.”

    At the end of her first private lesson, the instructor threw Goodwin in the water in front of her parents. “I popped right back...