• SE Show Moving to Nashville

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Organizers of The Southeast Pool and Spa Show have announced the event is moving to the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. for 2017. For the past two years, the show was held in the Charlotte Convention Center, where it had moved from its previous home in Atlanta.

    This is in line with a small trend in certain pool and spa shows, which in recent years have shown willingness to switch locations to help ease travel burdens for some attendees and make the show more accessible. (PSP...

  • The Western Pool & Spa Show: A Comforting Tradition

    by Eric Herman March 2016

    I attended my first Western Pool & Spa Show way back in 1990, when it was held in Pasadena instead of its current long-time home in Long Beach, Calif.Over the ensuing years, I’ve attended (I think) 11 installments, the latest being this past March 10-12. 

    Right as I walked into this...

  • CPSA Announces Bevy of Agreements

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has announced several new affiliation agreements with pool industry partners designed to consolidate industry efforts and support.

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the Western Pool and Spa Show, and the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) have all finalized affiliation agreements with CPSA, and the association is close to finalizing an agreement...

  • 2016 NDPA Conference Opens March 29

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    The 14th annual National Drowning Prevention Alliance Educational Conference will open its doors March 29 at the Hilton Phoenix Mesa in Mesa, AZ. The event serves as a perennial opportunity for organizations and individuals interested in drowning prevention to come together.

    Topic highlights of this year's conference include Technology In Drowning Prevention and Global Perspectives and Research on Drowning Prevention.

    At its 2015 Conference in Dallas, NDPA announced a new...

  • Mid America Show Will Stay in Indy

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    Organizers of the Mid America Show have decided to retain their Indianapolis location for next year's show. Last month, the show was held in Indianapolis for the first time; it's success has led to a return engagement.

    "The move from Chicago to Indianapolis in January resulted in a boom in attendance and a very successful Show for both exhibitors and attendees. As word on how the Show flourished, booth space is expected to sell out early for 2017, and attendance is expected to...

  • Plaster Standard Approved

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    APSP has announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)/National Plasterers Council (NPC) –12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas.

    APSP, the only industry organization accredited by ANSI to develop and promote national consensus standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas, collaborated with the NPC on the development of ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC–12 2016.

    "Before now, there was no...

  • A Sunny Disposition: Everything Under the Sun Expo Preview

    by Cailley Hammel February 2016

    For Floridians, pools and spas are a way of life. Of the top states for inground pool ownership, Florida ranks second — making it a hotbed for pool and spa professionals, each of whom need to stay on the cutting edge to succeed. That's why each February, these professionals pack their bags and head to Orlando for the annual Everything Under the Show Expo, presented by the Florida Swimming Pool Association.

    So far, show organizers say it's going to be a big one.

    "The show is...

  • Our Picks for The Pool & Spa Show

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The first big show of 2016 is officially here: the Pool & Spa Show. If you made it to Atlantic City for the show, you're in for a bevy of events, cool products and education for the next few days. Not sure what to add to your schedule? No worries — we did the work for you. Here's just a few of our picks from the education lineup:

    If you’re new to pool building:
    Basic Tile, Coping and...

  • Piscine 2016 to Open November 15 in Lyon

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Piscine 2016, the international spa and swimming pool show, is set to open exhibits Nov. 15 through Nov. 18 in Lyon, France. Boasting 1,000 brands of equipment and services for pools and spas, Piscine 2016 offers industry pros the world over a chance to try new products, rub elbows with industry leaders and feel like a Francophile for a few days.

    This year's show will feature The Aquafitness Festival, with a fitted-out pool dedicated to demonstrating fitness products. The...

  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.

    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course: