• The Real, Scientific Benefits of Swimming

    by Heather Ansell March 2019

    Being in this industry for the past 15 years, I see many families looking to purchase pools for their children or grandchildren to enjoy. They do not have the slightest clue that this pool of water in their backyard could potentially save their lives through the many tremendous health benefits it provides. I’ve long believed in the healing, healthy power of water, but I decided I should do some research so I could be better equipped, as a retailer, to explain its clinical, scientific...

  • Chemistry Expert Steve Kenny Releases Book

    by AQUA Editors March 2019

    In the introduction to “The Water Quality Professional: transforming aquatic management,” author Steve Kenny leads with a provocative question: Have swimming pools become obsolete?

    It’s an interesting opening salvo coming from the veteran builder, service tech and impassioned water-quality advocate. In some ways, he argues, pools are indeed obsolete — but in other ways, they...

  • Video: OmniHub Smart Pool & Spa Control from Hayward

    by Hayward Pool Products March 2019

    When it comes to adding pool automation, OmniHub Smart Pool & Spa Control from Hayward is the only solution that gives pool owners full control and management of their entire pool pad —like adjusting heater temperature and switching on spa mode — right from their phone, tablet or Alexa voice control. OmniHub can be installed in a matter of hours by a pool professional and is simple to configure with existing equipment — meaning you can give your customers a total backyard upgrade in a...

  • Chemistry Automation: Always in Command

    by Eric Herman March 2019

    Although electronics to automate and control water chemistry in pools and spas have been around for decades, the technology and the way it’s used have significantly advanced in recent years. The impact is being felt on both the commercial and residential sides of the industry, benefiting consumers and professionals alike. From independent service technicians to operators of large-scale pool and spa facilities, the ability to monitor, record and control key chemical constituents has become...

  • Learning for Leaders

    by Daniel Seeger March 2019

    There's a lot to learn in the pool and spa industry. Whether you are new to the field or a veteran with decades of experience under your belt, industry professionals can expect their body of knowledge will be continually refreshed and updated throughout their career.

    Complicating matters is the seasonality of the work. Much of the summer is devoted to new projects and upkeep of existing pools and spas, meaning much of that educational “upkeep” is relegated to the...

  • A Magnet For Young Talent

    by Cailley Hammel March 2019

    For pool and spa professionals, finding new employees to fill retail, service and construction jobs is an uphill battle. Even more difficult, however, is keeping them.

    According to a study by the Center for American Progress, it can cost on average $3,328 to find, hire and train a new $10/hour retail employee. (Expect that figure to be significantly higher for service techs and construction workers who, even at entry level, require significant training and/ or...

  • Mike Rowe Offers Scholarship to Trade School Students

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    By this point, it’s no secret that the labor shortage is hurting the pool and spa industry and the greater world of trade work. There just simply aren’t enough people interested in filling these positions despite the fact that trade work provides stable, fulfilling work, career growth and financial reward.

    Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs,” thinks it’s a PR problem — and he’s stepping in to help. The

  • Unlicensed FL Contractor Causes Popped Pool

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    A Tampa family’s pool now sits three feet aboveground with most of its deck destroyed after they hired an unlicensed contractor, James Feliciano, to do renovation work.

    “It is a nightmare really,” homeowner Chad Peasley told ABC Action News. He says the pool popped out of the ground after most of its water was drained.

    Peasley only learned that Florida law requires licensed contractors to make major pool renovations following the incident, which — after the family contacted...

  • Automatic Pool Covers: The Everyday Essential

    by Cailley Hammel February 2019

    For years, automatic pool covers were considered a luxury add-on to what was already a luxury product. At a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, the ability to open and close a pool with the push of a button was something accessible only to high-end homeowners. Today, however, pool builders report automatic pool covers are becoming far more commonplace, especially on mid-range pools.

    “Twenty years ago, trying to sell an automatic pool cover to our middle-class customers was a tough...

  • Safety at the Push of a Button

    by Abigail Carpenter February 2019

    On-the-job safety is a huge priority for any employer. But finding a way to make safety equipment accessible while keeping employees accountable is a difficult task. Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape (Key Largo, Fla.), like many companies, needed a solution.

    “Everything from stocking the safety equipment to keeping an area for it was cumbersome,” says Juan Rodriguez, director of operations at Reef Tropical. “I had a person handing out safety equipment. You just can’t leave it on...