Winter is peak show season for industry pros, and one of the biggest shows of the year is near at hand: The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City. The show, organized by the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, is expected to be as exciting as ever, with more than 100 seminars, 400+ exhibitors and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space — so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes, because you’ll be doing a lot of walking.

The Pool & Spa Show has impressed attendees in recent years with its dedication to interactive learning, and they can expect more of the same this year. The Wall, a show highlight, is returning and bigger than ever at 2,500 square feet. This year’s exhibits will focus on automation innovations, shotcrete application, heater repairs, tile repairs and lighting design.

The seminar schedule is designed to include something for everyone, from part-time retail employee to veteran pool builder. Just a few highlights include “Shotcrete Uncovered,” “Ultimate Pool Care for the Next Decade” and “The Woes of Pool Tile: What Went Wrong?”

The APSP Wave Young Professionals Network is hosting a seminar that addresses a common-yet-sometimes-tricky career path: being part of a family-owned business. Hosted by Kyle and Justin Peek of DIY Network’s “Pool Kings,” the seminar will offer strategies and advice on how to successfully run a family-run enterprise, from two people who are doing it themselves. It  will take place Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m.

The Pool & Spa Show

The Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, N.J.

Conference: January 28-31
Exhibits: January 29-31

Exhibit Floor Hours:
Tuesday, January 29: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 31: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

There’s plenty to do away from the convention center, too. Make sure you’re in town the night before the show so you can catch the Welcome Party, which returns to the Saloon Bar at the Wild Wild West (Bally’s Casino). The event features live music, food, beer pong and a mechanical bull — just get your tickets early, as they tend to sell out. And on Wednesday, Jan. 30, NESPA is hosting a celebration to honor the builders who won in the Outstanding Achievement Awards competition.

See you in A.C!

Sunday, January 27

8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

     APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 1)

8:30 A.M. - 5 P.M.
     NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course (Day 1)

1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
     APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 1)

     APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 1)

     APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 1)

Monday, January 28

8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
     APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 2)

     APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 2)

     APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 2)

     APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 2)

     Diagnosing Plaster Finish Problems

     GENESIS CONSTRUCTION 221: Site Evaluations, Instrumentation and Equipment

8:30 A.M. - 5 P.M.
     NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course (Day 2)

9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
     National Plasterers Council (NPC) Pool Start Up Certification

12:30 P.M. - 2 P.M.
     Basic Water Chemistry & Testing 101

     Cyber Liability Exposures

     How to Build, Renovate or Repair Pools and Comply with APSP Standards (APSP University)

     Landscaping Around the Pool Basics

     SPANISH - Understanding the Principles of Circulation, Hydraulics & Reduced Speed Technology

12:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
     Basic Electricity For Service Techs

     Preparing For The 2019 Work Force: Are You Ready?

     Question-Based Selling

     The Anatomy of An All-Tile Pool

12:30 P.M. - 5 P.M.
     From Rookie to All-Star: The Fundamentals of Pool & Spa Service

1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
     National Plasterers Council (NPC) Pool Start Up Recertification

2:15 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
     New Pool Pump Regulations: How It May Affect Your Business

     Outdoor Lighting in the Hardscape and Garden

     Saltwater Pool Troubleshooting: Beyond the Equipment

     SPANISH - Chlorine Generators Installation & Troubleshooting

     The Importance of Pool Contractors Having Fleet Safety Controls To Reduce Liability

7 P.M. - 10 P.M.
     Welcome Party

Tuesday, January 29

8 A.M. - 10 A.M.
     Shotcrete Uncovered

8 A.M. - 11 A.M.
     APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 3)

8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
     APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 3)

     APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 3)

     APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 3)

8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M.
     Codes, Liability and Safety Issues for Pool Companies (APSP University)

     Detailed Overview of Employee Handbook and Importance of Job Description

     Hiring Right the First Time

     Intermediate Water Chemistry 

     Job Costing: Running Your Business by the Numbers

     Pumps & Motors: Installation & Troubleshooting

     SPANISH - Basic Chemistry

     The Benefits of Routing & Scheduling Software

     The Impact of Disinfection Byproducts and Combined Chlorine on Air and Water Quality

     Understanding the Principles of Circulation, Hydraulics & Reduced Speed Technology

     Zodiac Automatic Pool Cleaners

8:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
     Chlorine Generators: Installation & Troubleshooting

     Electrical Bonding & Grounding (APSP University)

     Interviewing and Bonding with the Client Leak Detection Expert Panel: Tips, Tricks and

     Techniques Safety Covers Measuring: Measuring For Success

     State-of-the-Art Spa Details (GENESIS E201)

     Taking Your Facebook Marketing to the Max

     Women’s Leadership Workshop: Enhancing

     Your Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills

9 A.M. - 11 A.M.
     Tile & Coping 2.0: Repairs & Renovations with Hands-On Workshop

10:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
     A Leader’s Role in Conflict Management

     Designing and Building the Back Yard Water Park For All Ages

     Fair Labor Standards Act and Form I-9 Employment Verification

     Hayward Automatic Pool Cleaners

     Interior Pool Finishes: Truths & Myths-Understanding the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC
     - 12 Standard (APSP University)

     Myth Busters: A Comprehensive Overview of Algae & Water Mold in Swimming Pools

     Refresh & Repeat: 10 Secrets To Keeping Your Store New and Exciting

     SPANISH - Intermediate Chemistry

     VGB Act Compliance Workshop: Design, Installation, Replacement, Documentation
     and Inspections (APSP University)

     What’s In Your Contract?

4 P.M. - 5 P.M.
     Running a Successful Family Business Starts

     Here — Lessons from DIY Network’s Pool Kings

Wednesday, January 30

8 A.M. - 10 A.M.
     Shotcrete Uncovered
8 A.M. - 12 P.M.
     APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 4)

     APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 4)

     APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 4)

8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M.
     Automatic Pool Covers: What’s so Scary about Diagnosing & Troubleshooting Them?

     How to Comply With the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
     (APSP University)

     How to Find and Keep Today’s High-End Pool Owner Customers

     How to Start Creating Engaging Videos and Pictures for Your Pool Company

     Light Up Your Pool With Fire and Water Features

     Pentair Automatic Pool Cleaners

     Streamlining Your Service Department for Maximum Profits

     The Numbers Don’t Lie: How To Use Your Numbers to Make Better Company Decisions

     Winterization Panel: Research into Challenges Facing The Northeast Pool Industry

8:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
     Advanced Water Chemistry

     Best Practices For Soil Design and Engineering (GENESIS E102)

     Store Design On A Shoestring: Design or Renovate — Great Store Design Tips from
     Start to Finish

     The Value of In-House Training Programs to Develop Your Employees

     Vinyl Liners: Prepping For Installation, Renovations, and Repair

     What You Should Know About Heater

     Installations And Troubleshooting

8:30 A.M. - 3 P.M.
     Spa Pack Diagnostics: Advanced Troubleshooting and Repair Skills

9 A.M. - 11 A.M.
     Tile & Coping 2.0: Repairs & Renovations with Hands-On Workshop

10:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
     6 Key Benefits of the Modern Fiberglass Pool (APSP University)

     Alexa is Playing To Win - How To Beat The Internet

     An Employee’s Guide to Managing Conflict with Customers & Coworkers

     AquaCal AutoPilot Automatic Pool Cleaners

     Calcium Crystals vs. Scale / The Cold, Hard

     Truth about Water Balance

     Creating Effective Content For Your Online

     Marketing and Websites

     Energy Audits for Commercial Aquatic Facilities

     SPANISH - Advanced Hydraulics: Healthy Filtration on Steroids

     SPANISH - Pool Lighting and Display Strategy

     Ultimate Pool Care for the Next Decade

     Why Should I Hire You? How To Host The

     Prove-It-To-Me Interview

1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
     APSP Certification Exam Testing Day

7 P.M.
     Outstanding Achievement Awards Celebration

Thursday, January 31

8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M.
     Changes to the NEC 680 in the 2017 and 2020 Editions

     Commercial Pool & Spa Leak Detection

     Construction Techniques for a Vanishing Edge Pool (GENESIS C408)

     Developing Leaders Around You

     Hybrid Heaters: Sizing, Installation & Service of Solar/Gas/Heat Pump Hybrids

     Pool Lighting Display & Strategy

     Pricing Strategies For Profits Plus

     Proper Pool Care: An Examination of Myth and Fact

     SPANISH - Variable Speed Pumps

     The Woes of Pool Tile: What Went Wrong?