• 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.


  • Introducing the AQUA Truck & Van Contest

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    One of the best marketing tools for a pool and spa pro is sitting right in the parking lot: Your truck.

    In addition to getting you from job to job and hauling your equipment, your truck, when paired with an eye-catching wrap, is the perfect canvas for advertising your business. And, like any work of art, every truck wrap is unique.

    RELATED:That's a Wrap!

    With thousands of pool and spa...

  • Dichlor: The Sanitizing Stalwart

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) October 2017

    {bglink 3750}It’s one of the most familiar and trusted products in the pool industry, yet few people who use dichlor (sodium dichloro-S-triazinetrione) know much beyond the fact that it will kill algae, oxidize waste and provide an acceptable chlorine residual. This month’s Tech Notes provides some helpful detail.

    Dichlor is typically sold in granular form, providing a simple and convenient way to chlorinate pools and spas. Dichlor is completely soluble in water and does not...

  • Shop Talk: What's the Worst Hot Tub You've Ever Encountered?

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Today's question: What's the worst hot tub you've ever encountered?

    Eric Cassidy

    Vice President | Valley Pool & Spa
    Pittsburgh, Penn.


  • 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...

  • Borates for the SCG

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Keeping pool water pH from fluctuating (buffering) is a vital task — it ensures the water in the pool remains comfortable for bathers and doesn't attack the vessel that contains it. Carbonates have been used for this purpose in the pool industry for a many years.

    Borates, less common than carbonates, perform a similar buffering function — but according to some service pros, they seem to have a special affinity for saltwater pools. That is, they add an anti-corrosion effect that can...

  • 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...

  • Pooling Together Volunteers

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    When Ryan Johnson, owner of Suburban Pool Service (Folsom, Calif.) stopped by the property for the first time, he was taken aback by what he saw — grounds in disarray:

    "The fence was falling over, the grass...

  • Reputation Beacon: A Mobile App That Tracks Online Reviews

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Online reviews are an important part of any small business. But as any pool/spa pro knows, there’s so many sites to keep track of. To help make reputation management easy and efficient, a new mobile app called Reputation Beacon consolidates online reviews from Facebook, Google, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and the BBB into one place for easy monitoring.

    The app was developed by contractors who know from experience just how time-consuming reputation management can...

  • Voting Deadline For National Service Contest Nears

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Voting for the annual Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy & Gal Contest closes this weekend on October 1. The award, now in its 10th year, honors great pool and spa service technicians across the country, extending as far as Canada and Europe.

    The Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy & Gal Contest originated in 2008, and the prize has grown to include a trip for two to the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo held in Orlando, free enrollment in the GENESIS Basic Pool Construction course ($5,000...