• ​Wanted: The Next Generation of P/S Pros

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    As a large portion of our industry is thinking ahead to retirement, pressing questions are emerging across all three segments of the industry: How do we draw young people to our industry — especially in the service and construction fields? Where can we find people willing to sell pools and spas? With fewer young people interested in taking over the family business, how is succession being carried out today?

    We want to find out. We’re dedicating a future issue to the next...

  • Zodiac and Fluidra Announce Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Two of the biggest companies in the pool and spa industry, Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Solutions, have agreed to merge. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

    Fluidra, a Spanish multinational corporation serving the residential and commercial pool and wellness sector, will maintain global headquarters in Barcelona. North American headquarters will remain in Vista (San Diego), California. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes will serve as executive chairman of its...

  • 2017 PSP Expo: Sights From Day 1

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The 2017 PSP Expo is in full swing here in Orlando, and attendees are making the most of it by scoping out new products, taking in education and networking with fellow industry pros. Couldn’t make it to the show — or simply want to relive the first day? Below, we share a few glimpses of the show, from special events and cool booths to fun moments on the show floor.

    Making an Entrance
    You know you're at a pool and spa show when the parking lot is full of trucks...

  • Finding the Voice of Wellness

    by Eric Herman November 2017

    Calls for the industry to mount a national PR and advertising campaign extolling the health benefits of aquatic exercise and immersion have been heard for decades. Yet for all of those good intentions, such a campaign has never come close to becoming a reality.

    Now, however, leaders in the hot water industry are coalescing around a wellness message, raising the prospect of finding a collective voice through other means. According to some industry insiders, the solution may be to...

  • Sponsored Video: FROG @ease

    by King Technology October 2017

    Earning money through repeat sales from happy customers just got a lot easier. So easy we call it @ease. The latest product from FROG sanitizes hot tubs by creating Fresh Mineral Water that’s cleaner, clearer, softer and easier to take care of thanks to SmartChlor Technology, which self-regulates to reduce chlorine use up to 75 percent and shocking to only once a month. The best part — @ease replacements are 3X more profitable than dichlor, so your aftermarket business will increase...

  • 6 Spooky Ways to Dress Up a Pool for Halloween

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    Happy Halloween! Pinterest is a goldmine of spooky DIY ideas for bewitching décor, and that includes the swimming pool. Here are just a few ways to get a pool in ghoulish condition for the holiday:


    1. Spooky Soak...

  • Dining, Nightlife and Attractions: What to Do in Orlando

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.


  • APSP Launches New Industry Certification

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is launching a new certification, the Professional Pool & Spa Operator Course (PPSO for short), based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

    The new certification course zeroes in on the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles...

  • Business Success = People Success

    by Kevin Woodhurst October 2017

    I’ve had the privilege of working in an industry that became my life’s passion for more than 20 years now. Along the way, I have learned and experienced much from my days working for organizations, running my own, leading an association, contributing to builder and education counsels, leading/attending training in other parts of the country and more. I have been a student from day one absorbing experiences along the way.   

    Through all these years, I’ve learned that succeeding...