• 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...

  • 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...

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

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    Filtration: You're Doing It Wrong

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2017

    To the unknowing eye, a crystal-clear pool looks perfectly clean and safe. There's no sign of turbidity or algae, nor the telltale "chlorine" smell we all recognize as unwanted chloramines due to improperly treated water.

    Pool professionals and public health officials, however, know invisible dangers sometimes lurk beneath the sparkling surface, ready to harm unsuspecting bathers. What many do not know, however, is that traditional methods of removing these dangerous pathogens often...

  • Pleatco Crowns the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy, Gal

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Pleatco, along with longtime co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, announce the winners of the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search: Paul Oliver of Patriot Pool and Spa (Austin, Texas) and Roberta Prygon of The Pool & Spa Place (North Cranbury, N.J.).

    “When we made the calls to Paul’s references in the final judging stage,...

  • 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

    Update, 12/16/17:
    Time is running out to enter our Truck & Van contest! The deadline is Dec. 1. To enter, click here — it takes just a few minutes.

    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...

  • 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.