• 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:
  • Sights on Atlantic City

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Above all else, organizers of The Pool & Spa Show have one goal: to keep things fresh and engaging for show attendees. Each year, after poring over post-show surveys, the team makes changes and additions to keep people coming back.

    "Everything's new and exciting," says Show Director Trish McCormick. "Our goal for this year moving forward is to make sure everyone has a great experience each and every year."

    Concerned about getting more hands-on training? The Pool &...

  • Indy Welcomes Mid America Show

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    For the first time, The Mid America Pool, Spa & Outdoor Living Show will open its doors in downtown Indianapolis this year, with classes beginning Jan. 18 and exhibits open on Jan. 20.

    Long a fixture in the Chicago area, the show will move to central Indiana for a multi-day education and product exhibition event. According to show organizers, Indianapolis was chosen due to its revitalized downtown, central location in the Midwest and general ease of access for all modes of...

  • Fiberglass Manufacturers Council Forms

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The APSP Board of Directors has approved the formation of a Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers Council. Curt Prystupa, Sun Fiberglass Pools, was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Council and Jason Hughes, River Pools & Spas, was appointed to serve as the Council's Co-Chair. Other APSP member companies participating on the Council include Alaglas Pools, Barrier Reef Pools, Latham Pool Products, Inc., Lonestar Fiberglass Pools, Tallman Pools and Thursday Pools.

    Members of the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The submission site for the 2016 Awards of Excellence is now open.

    This year, APSP has made a change to the usual schedule for submission of entries for the International Awards of Excellence. By popular demand, the entry period has been moved forward to allow for earlier submissions and thus alleviate the time crunch in the summer. The submission period is now open and will run through June 30, 2016. Visit our submission portal to...

  • 2015 PSP Expo Wins Big in Vegas, Grows Attendance

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The 2015 PSP Expo was a big winner in Las Vegas, bringing an impressive display of industry products, education and networking opportunities. This year’s expo drew 11,556 attendees — an increase from last year’s attendance of 11,103 — from across the country and around the world, a strong showing from the global pool, spa and outdoor industries. Attendees experienced a 137,600 square foot exhibit hall packed with brand new industry product launches, innovative show floor features, and an...