• Seeking and Finding at PSP Expo

    by Eric Herman November 2015

    Back in August, I shared some thoughts about the nature of criticism and my belief that it's helpful to use critique as a means of effecting positive change. That column sparked a great deal of discussion and overall I've been gratified by the rich and often colorful exchange.

    This time around I thought I'd offer a follow on to those salvos with a few observations about the PSP Expo, which takes...

  • All Bets on Vegas

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    Everyone wins when they attend a trade show — so it's apt that this year, the PSP Expo returns to Las Vegas, a traditional fan favorite.

    "Las Vegas is the top trade show destination in the world, so it's a great location for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo," says Show Director Tracy Garcia. "Both attendees and exhibitors repeatedly rate Las Vegas high as a preferred location in our post-show surveys and we are happy to accommodate those requests to return to...

  • NSPF Announces Merger With Genesis

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation and Genesis 3 have announced that they are merging operations to deliver a broader spectrum of training programs effective January 1, 2016. Genesis will continue to provide education and leadership for the residential pool and spa design and construction industry. NSPF will continue to advocate and promote the interests of public pools. They look to merge their respective swimming pool service professional certification programs to accelerate training...

  • Beyond the Buzz: Three Good Reasons to Attend Industry Shows

    by Al Curtis November 2015

    In the early days of my pool career, I worked for a builder here in Michigan. From the start, I constantly wanted to learn more. I pored over the magazines that came through the office, devoured the few books I could find on the subject and constantly bugged my boss about going to the trade shows.

    However, he was more interested in keeping the status quo than expanding his horizons, and the pool shows were just not on his radar.

    It's not that he didn't learn about new...

  • Special APSP Events at Expo

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The 2015 PSP Expo starts in just over a week. As you make plans, consider these two events of special interest:

    Panel Discussion: How do you cope with drought?

    APSP’s Recreational Water Quality Committee is hosting a special EXPO event Nov. 11, 11 am - 2 pm, Tradewinds D, Mandalay Bay, in search of industry solutions for coping with the ongoing drought. The panel discussion will feature Jim Egan, Ph.D., LaMotte Company; Greg Garrett,...

  • Awards Announced, Fan Voting Begins

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Recipients of the 45th annual International Awards of Excellence (AOE) have already been revealed in the October issue of AQUA Magazine, but this year's Fan Voting has just begun. All 70 award-winning installations are eligible for the Fan Favorite Award. Each installation can be viewed at where anyone can vote for their favorite installation and then share it on social media. Voting begins today and runs...

  • Genesis Presents PSP Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2015

    Genesis has announced its suite of educational programs for the 2015 PSP Expo, a slate which offers IACET and additional continuing education credit options. International-level courses in watershape hydraulics, structures and cosmetic innovations will be available for industry professionals in the building, design and landscape architecture fields.

    The Genesis programs are categorized into four groups: Design, Engineering, Construction and Business, with a matrix that helps define...

  • APSP's WAVE Network to Hold 1st Behind-the-Scenes Event

    by AQUA Editors September 2015

    For three years now, APSP’s WAVE Young Professionals Network has served as a place where the next generation of pool and spa professionals can meet and discuss the industry’s future. This year, APSP is excited to announce its first behind-the-scenes event in which WAVE members will travel to Zodiac Pool Systems’ headquarters in Vista, Calif., for a day of in-depth education.

    Early next month, more than a dozen young professionals from all corners of the industry — including...

  • We Want Escape

    by Rich Gottwald September 2015

    Everything we do at APSP is towards one goal: to put more pools in the ground and sell more hot tubs. The pool, spa and hot tub industry needs to grow to ensure its long-term success. To be successful, we need everyone in the industry to work together toward that common goal. 

    One way APSP is working to sell more pool, spas and hot tubs is with a new consumer outreach campaign called Escape. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the benefits of pools, spas and hot...

  • APSP University Certification Courses at Expo

    by AQUA Editors September 2015

    APSP University, a growing provider of pool, spa, and hot tub training, will offer certification courses for pool and spa builders, designers, and hot tub and service providers at the 2015 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, being held Nov. 7-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Two courses will be offered: The Pool & Spa Construction Course (PSCC), and the Certified Service Technician Course (CST).

    “APSP University offerings at the...