• Fighting the Global Spread of Cryptosporidium

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Cryptosporidium outbreaks have become big news, both globally and for the recreational aquatics industry in the United States.

    A recent report from the CDC revealed that from 2000 through 2014 there were 493 reported outbreaks of Cryptosporidiosis in public aquatic facilities, resulting in at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths. The report has generated countless, often sensational stories in news sources online, in print and on television.

    The disturbing numbers are...

  • Protect Your Pool From Saltwater

    by Steve Goodale June 2018

    The higher concentration of salt required by saltwater systems has the potential to damage equipment and fixtures, a point that is often glossed over by people selling such systems to pool owners. The higher salt concentration results in greater conductivity of the water, which accelerates a process...

  • Are You Checking Your Customers' Drain Covers?

    by APSP June 2018

    As you head into the pool and spa season, APSP wants to make sure that you replace your customers' expired drain covers or suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFA's). It's been many years since the Federal mandates in the Virginia Graeme Baker have been in effect, including the requirement that
        1.    All suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs) or drain covers manufactured or sold comply with the referenced ANSI/APSP-16 Standard; and 

        2.    All commercial pool and spa...

  • How to Keep Employees Motivated

    by Erik Taylor June 2018

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    There are few things that better affirm how your business is run than when someone from another company asks for a job because they’ve heard how well your employees are treated. If you’re worried your employees are starting to slack and lower the...

  • How Liquid Solar Covers Can Extend the Swim Season

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    Water is a precious resource that we all must work to preserve. Taking steps to reduce evaporation conserves water in backyard pools by reducing how much water you need to add to "top off" a pool. One way you can do this is by recommending your customers add a liquid solar cover product to their pool maintenance program.

    Despite the name, liquid solar covers do not heat the pool themselves. (Technically, they're classified as "evaporation suppressants.") They do, however, prevent...

  • Looking Beyond National Drowning Prevention Month

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    It’s no secret the pool and spa industry has long had a problematic relationship with safety issues. On one hand, professionals and organizations consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety, especially drowning prevention, by way of their rhetoric, promotion of layers of protection and often by donating to organizations such as the National Drowning Prevention Association and others. On the other hand, there’s often an aversion to talking about safety with consumers.


  • Commercial Firms Expecting Lifeguard Shortage, Delayed Openings

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern this week that many commercial pools and spas will be delayed in opening this summer season along the East Coast, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Pools that will be impacted are those that supplement their American Lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program. The swimming pool industry’s...

  • Millennials Tell it Like it Is

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    In response to the above Facebook comment, service technician Ryan Barnett wrote the following:

    I'm 23 years old and I've been in this business for seven years.

    Here in South Florida, we're sweating out in the field 12 months out of the year. Not six like it is for pros in seasonal...

  • Why RV and Boat Sales are Booming in the Post-Recession Era

    by Bil Kennedy May 2018

    The residential pool and hot tub segments are fond of making comparisons with the RV industry. And in certain ways, they are similar: Both industries are big ticket discretionary purchases. Both rely to a certain extent on lifestyle enhancement to entice ownership. And the combined average price among all classes of recreational vehicles is somewhat equal to that of an inground pool, roughly $35,000.


  • How to Improve Your Customer’s Experience This Summer

    by Jamie Novak May 2018

    A swimming pool is a luxury item. Most people don’t NEED a pool in their backyard — they WANT one. We’re all aware of why people like pools: They allow us to make memories with family and friends. They’re used for fitness and summertime fun. So many of us are lucky to have cherished memories of time spent poolside with loved ones.

    What consumers don’t want to do is spend precious time laboring over their pool. Pool owners want a consistent program that works well and...