• Picking Up the Pieces

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    {bglink 3831}For a service technician, the automatic pool cleaner is one of the most essential tools of the trade. These little mechanical sidekicks help you multitask, saving you precious time on the job and allowing you to get to more jobs during the day (or just letting you knock off a little earlier). Entrepreneurial service techs find they also provide a path to a bigger paycheck, as homeowners love to have a cleaner pool without the extra work, making an APC sale a win-win for both...

  • Crazy Customers, Vol. II

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Last year, Merry Wise, longtime industry pro and friend of AQUA Magazine, wrote a story about the craziest customers she's ever experienced on the job. From lions and armadillos to a goth-inspired pool proposal, she's had quite a few wild customers on her hands.

    After the story ran, we had readers email us and reach out on Facebook with stories of their own.


  • ​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...

  • What Customers Look for Before Hiring Pool Companies

    by Cory Yeakel November 2017

    Like any local contracting business, the pool industry is a competitive one. Whether you’re a builder or service person, landing customers can be a challenge when you’ve got so many other businesses to go up against. Learning to differentiate yourself from the competition should be top priority if you want to win new contracts.

    As a customer (and not someone in the business, like yourself), I feel uniquely qualified to recommend certain tips for impressing your future prospects. For...

  • Cleaning Up Flooded Pools and Spas

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) November 2017

    Along with death and widespread destruction, this fall's hurricanes in Florida and Texas left tens of thousands of pools and spas contaminated with floodwaters and debris. The problem is not limited to hurricane zones, as flooding occurs on a large and small scale in low-lying areas across North America.

    Restoring pools and spas to a condition fit for use is not as simple as some might think. Homeowners must assume that floodwaters are contaminated with chemicals, fertilizers, oils,...

  • APSP Joins Forces With Mexican Trade Association

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina A.C. have announced an international partnership, bringing together two respected organizations committed to the advancement of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and APPAC President Ignacio Barroso signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry in...

  • 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...

  • Source Water Provides the Baseline

    by Eric Herman November 2017

    "When you go to a doctor and they test your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and weight, they're establishing a baseline that supports diagnosis and treatment. That's what you're doing when you test water at the tap," says Greg Garrett, director of technical services for Applied Materials Technologies and long-time member and instructor for the National Plasterers Council. "You're establishing a basis that will enable you determine how to adjust water chemistry for start-ups or...

  • 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...

  • Class (Back) In Session

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2017

    Fifteen years ago, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals developed a training course aimed at helping commercial operators gain certification in states that required it. A few short years later, the association shelved the program. Now, after extensive updates and modifications, APSP is rolling out a...