The Official Blog of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
  • Recent incidents highlight the importance that all pools and spa should be built and installed in compliance with the National Electrical Code. But how do you know your pool is safe and up to Code? 

     

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  • Cool Pool Tech Toys for Dad

    Father’s day is around the corner. While ties and gift certificates to the links are always good fallbacks, there are two kinds of gifts that are guaranteed to make every father figure swell with delight and pride. The first is the kind of gift that is practical and utilitarian, generally the labor-saving kinds of toys he drools over at the hardware store. The other is the kind that blatantly announces his role- as father, provider, fixer and maintainer.
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  • A Fun Way to Keep Your Kids Fit

    Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States, and is rightly considered by serious observers of public health trends to be a real epidemic. 

    Fortunately, the “cure” can be a lot of fun! Swimming and other forms of water play are renowned for their ability to improve physical fitness in one of the safest possible ways, with little likelihood of injury.
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  • Hot Tub New Year's

    There is only one time of year synonymous with celebration; one epic night of excused, even tolerated debauchery, an explosion of a year’s worth of tension released in one stunning, glittering shower of sheer enthusiasm and hope for the future.
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  • As any coach will tell you, the offseason is just as important as game day. While it’s tempting to neglect the pool for three quarters of the year, doing so is asking for trouble, and shortens the lifespan of the best investment in your home. 
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  • How to Enjoy Christmas in Your Hot Tub

    Who decided that hot tubs were off limits on Christmas? Let’s start a new holiday tradition: Throw on the bathing suits, and get ready to enjoy Christmas in your hot tub. 
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  • Many pool owners and swimmers laud the health benefits of the life aquatic, citing exercise, relaxation and time outdoors as some of the best perks. Unfortunately, many don’t understand some of the health risks of pool ownership. One of these - potential eye disease - is easily avoided with just a few precautions. 
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  • For the purist, the ultimate act of floating is done the old-fashioned way, sans plastic, right on the back you were born with, creating an uninterrupted connection between the liquid and the body. 
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  • Should You Wait an Hour After Eating to Swim? No, you shouldn’t. The legend of the post-lunch drowning is, like all the imperfect beliefs of the past, something to be discarded by adults and not inflicted on the next generation.
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  • Ben Franklin, or some other smart person with a wig, once said that a penny saved was a penny earned. For the cost-conscious pool owner, the same can be said for every drop of water. 
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  • The hot tub is a fickle mistress. Without the right care and maintenance, what is meant to be the epitome of relaxation can become a source of stress. Fortunately, the same basic rules of covering, chemicalization and cleaning apply to hot tubs as they do to pools; that is to say, it's not rocket science.
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  • There are countless ways to improve your backyard – some simple, some exorbitantly complex and expensive. With the right guidance and investment, however, anyone can perfect the art of the poolside for under $5,000.
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  • 5 Pool Noodle Games You've Never Played Before

    • Matt
    • 10/20/2013
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    While the pool noodle is most often employed as a flotation device, wonderfully adjustable in its shape, its uses go far beyond helping children learn to swim. There are a multitude of pool noodle games that make the most of this simple, beloved, revolutionary toy. Here are but a few:
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  • How to store and protect your pool solar cover

    • Matt
    • 10/17/2013
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    Solar covers are one of the smartest investments a pool owner can make. That’s because for the (very affordable) price of what’s essentially a really big piece of bubble wrap, a pool can be kept both warm and debris-free all summer long.

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  • Every silver cloud has a dark lining. While pool ownership is one of the great joys of a prosperous American life, it does come with a few minor hazards. Accidents are well on the fringes of likelihood for most pool [...]
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  • Tips on swimming with man’s best friend

    • Matt
    • 09/12/2013
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    The fact is, dogs love swimming. Turn your favorite canine loose near a lake or the ocean, and it won’t be long before he or she is splashing away with all the abandon of true unbridled happiness. But what about the [...]
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  • Tips to keep bees away from your pool

    • Matt
    • 09/06/2013
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    What makes a perfect summer? Sunshine, cool breezes, long, lazy days – and if you’re lucky enough to have one, the unrivaled pleasure of your own beloved swimming pool, spa or hot tub. Add a few friends and [...]
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  • The saddest four words in the English language may be these: Summer is almost over. Yes, the good times that are part and parcel of swimming pool ownership are coming to an end for the year. But do not go quietly into the night, because with some friends, some supplies, and a little bit of [...]
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  • So, we lied. As it turns out, we have seen a shark in a pool. It’s just not quite as ferocious as we thought. With Shark Week drawing to a close, we hope everyone enjoyed this year’s fun. I know we certainly did. But, don’t forget: It’s more much fun to watch ocean’s bad boys on television [...]
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  • APSP was extremely relieved to learn that Usher’s son was recovering well following his near-drowning on Monday at the singer’s Atlanta residence. A few days removed from the nightmare and it looks like Usher V is well on his way to being back to normal. According to his mother: Im very happy this morning, my [...]
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  • Shark Week is a unequivocal global phenomenon these days, with Discovery’s flagship programming event drawing millions of viewers each season. This year, the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, has drawn record viewership across the board, cementing this razor-sharp week of shows as one of television’s most popular ever. But among all the hurrah remains an [...]
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  • Spice up your relationship with a hot tub

    • Jack
    • 07/29/2013
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    Here’s an interesting statistic: Did you know that adults spend on average less than an hour each day relaxing and socializing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s American Time Use Survey. That’s pretty wild, considering a host of research and common sense says that to build and maintain healthy relationships we need to – you guessed [...]
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  • Dan Johnson knows a thing or two about pool construction. Johnson, CEO of Swim, Inc., has served as chairman of the ANSI/APSP-5 Standard writing committee and is considered the nation’s leading expert on drainless pool technology. He recently participated in an interview with AQ The Magazine about the importance of drainless pool construction, an article that [...]
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  • The Quarter 3 edition of AQ Magazine featured an Ask the Expert column from Jack Manilla, President and CEO of Portofino Pools. Manilla provided readers with advice on getting into the pool renovation business. To accompany the column, AQ created a web exclusive companion that allowed Manilla to share tips for retailers to pass along [...]
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