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2022 Winners of Pleatco Perfect Pool Tech Awards



2022 Pleatco Winners
Pleatco in partnership with Genesis / Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and AQUA, present the winners of the Pleatco Perfect Pool Tech 2022 Awards. This year we had an outstanding field of entries and are please to announce this years major award winners. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this our 14th year a success. Please join us in congratulating these fine hardworking back yard heroes!

North Charleston, Florida
Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal 2022

“I am so filled with joy and excitement at winning such an honor among my peers! Winning the Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal of 2022 I do not take lightly, I will uphold the “Perfect” every day of my life. I try so hard to show my love for the pool industry educating and connecting to customers and learning from my peers. This is like winning the Super Bowl! “

North Charleston, South Carolina
Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy 2022

“I am completely honored to receive this recognition for my hard work in an industry that is more than my job but my passion! In my pursuit for continued education and knowledge in the pool field, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people, and to have the opportunity to represent this community is something I will forever be proud of and grateful for.”

Kristine Blanchard
Hooksett, New Hampshire
Pleatco Future Leadership Award 2022

“I have been in the industry for the-majority-of my life, and for my work to be recognized in such a major way feels pretty incredible. Winning the Pleatco Future Leadership 2022 Award is a huge honor, and I could not be more excited for this opportunity! Thank you to everyone who got me to this point in my career, I hope I made you all proud today!”

Jason Scaramuzzi
Coventry, Rhode Island
Pleatco Industry Achievement Award 2022

“I am both honored and grateful to receive the 2022 Pleatco Industry Achievement Award. This recognition is appreciated, and I would like to thank the people within the industry that I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from.  Although so much of this industry is old school – it is also ever-changing.  I welcome the opportunity to continue my education while challenging myself to learn new skills and hone the ones that I have learned and work with on a daily-basis.”

We will be presenting the awards in person at this years
PSP/Deck Expo November 12-17 in Las Vegas
Pleatco Booth #4745
Awards Ceremony: 
Wednesday 16th November @ 1PM
Everyone is invited to attend.
Source: Pleatco
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Alise Everton has been working in the pool industry for the past decade and is an experienced press correspondent and contributor for numerous trade publications and web portals including and among others. Contact her for guest posting opportunities, press releases, and pool equipment related news.

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An In-Depth Look at Stadium Swim with Bradford Products

Stadium Swim is an over-the-top luxury swimming pool sportsbook experience like no other.



An In-Depth Look at Stadium Swim with Bradford Products

Bradford Products has long been a manufacturer of stainless steel vessels. With a pedigree for producing world-class resort-style swimming pools and water features, the firm has long been the go-to source when it comes to high-end projects. The fact should come as no surprise that Bradford Products was firm behind the world-famous Stadium Swim, a massive swimming pool sports book located at the Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Recently, we had the opportunity to discuss the pool at greater length with Mike Sage, VP of Sales & Marketing for Bradford Products who gave us some insight into why Bradford was tapped for this particular project.

Why Bradford Products Was Chosen For The Stadium Swim Project

“The backbone of our company, and certainly the largest part of our business, is the Aquatic vertical,” said Sage, “that is what encompasses primarily all of the custom and commercial elevated stainless steel pool and spas. I think that’s probably what we’re most well-known for. That goes for anything that goes on top of an apartment building or a Las Vegas pool deck or any number of our other custom applications for swimming pools and spas around the world.”

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With over 10,000 pool and spa installations worldwide, Sage said the project planners behind Circa didn’t have to look far to find Bradford Products. The firm has been responsible for many well-known resort swimming pools all over the world. In fact, they were involved in the collaboration of another high-end pool project in London that made headlines across the globe, (Sky Pool).

“We’ve got a lot of experience in Las Vegas working with most of the major resorts and casinos there having installed just a tremendous number of pools and decks,” said Sage. “For most of the major players out there, Circa was unique for a couple of different reasons. It’s located in the old downtown part of Las Vegas. It’s a much tighter environment down there, which in and of itself created some unique challenges in constructing that particular casino. Certainly, the pool presented some unique challenges.”

Swim Stadium - Photo Credit: Ryan Gobuty
Swim Stadium – Photo Credit: Ryan Gobuty

“When it came down to it, there really was no other choice in their mind but to work with us,” said Sage. For project planners, it made sense to choose Bradford Products. The Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Golden Nugget, Wynn, Encore, and Palms Casino are only a few of the commercial clients they have had the fortune to work with. Consequently, the 40-year-old firm’s reputation proceeds them in the market when it comes to resort swimming pools in Las Vegas.

“Ultimately why Bradford was chosen as the pool supplier there. I would say first and foremost, by far the primary reason was because of the actual orientation of the pool deck. Stadium Swim sits directly above the gaming floor of the casino. And that is the heart and soul and money generator for that casino,” explained Sage, “there had to be an absolute highest level and sense of security that these pools were not going to leak or eventually leak over time. So Bradford was chosen because of our ability to deliver a fully welded, fully guaranteed watertight, stainless steel pool that would be placed directly over the most critical part of the casino.”

Stadium Swim has quickly become one of the most popular pool destinations in Las Vegas. – Photo Credit: Circa

“They needed the ability to get these pools up to the pool deck in some pretty tight environments, “said Sage, “they also needed an organization that had the ability to maximize the full section sizes for transportation including craning and rigging, but still doing it in a manner that was conducive to staying on construction schedules and fitting into some pretty tight spaces.”

Stadium Swim, a Unique Pool Experience Like No Other

While the project was a monumental undertaking, it’s all in a day’s work said Sage, who claims to be eager to tackle the next huge Las Vegas project that comes along. This project is just another feather in the cap for the firm as they continue to dominate when it comes to Las Vegas commercial work. The end results of the Stadium Swim clearly speak for themselves.

The unique design of Stadium Swim makes it a world-class rooftop pool experience. Photo Credit: Circa

“It truly is a really unique design. There are six pools and they are tiered. So the closer pools are set at the lower elevation, and then the further away that you get from the television screens, the higher up the pools go. So it is truly a stadium seating experience and layout,” explained Sage.

“It’s also the first of its kind in that the pool deck also doubles as a sports book,” explained Sage, “there’s a massive wall of TVs that are broadcasting any number of sporting events. The pools and spas on the pool deck basically act as the seating for watching the action. I can tell you, it’s quite comfortable having been on the deck in the middle of August in Las Vegas. There’s no better place to sit than in Stadium Swim and enjoy the big game. That’s certainly what captures everybody’s attention, are the massive screens.”

Open 365 – 24/7 – The action never stops at stadium swim where you can pop in for a night swim. Photo Credit: Circa

We’re certainly intrigued by the project and it’s no wonder why Stadium Swim is rated #1 on our list of the Best Pools in Las Vegas. We’ll keep you updated with more great content about Stadium Swim when we visit it during our trip to the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in November.

Learn more about the history of Bradford Products, their involvement with the Sky Pool and Stadium Swim on the Pool Magazine podcast.

Photo Credits: Circa Resort & Casino
Featured Photo Credit: Ryan Gobuty

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Florida Swimming Pool Association Offers Tips on How to Prepare Your Pool for Hurricane Season



FSPA 2022 Hurricane Safety Graphic

(SARASOTA, Fla.) – As hurricane season continues, the Florida Swimming Pool
Association (FSPA) looks to provide tips and information to prepare swimming pools
safely in case of a storm.

There are many misconceptions about how to prepare your pool for a hurricane. Below
are several important ways to ensure both public and private pools can be maintained
safely throughout the inclement season.

Should I drain my pool?
No, you should keep your pool water level maintained. The weight of the water in the
pool helps hold the sides and bottom in place. This is especially important with rising
water table levels during a storm.

Can I put my pool loungers into my pool so they won’t blow away?
Yes, but you should not throw anything into your pool. Gently place items into your
pool to avoid damaging your pool. Whenever possible bring your items inside instead.
Additionally, you should never put any glass items into your pool.

FSPA 2022 Hurricane Safety Graphic
Provided by the FSPA

What other things can I do to prepare my pool for an incoming storm?
• Shock your pool.
o You may lose power for an extended amount of time, so your pool should
be ‘super chlorinated.’ This will help your pool’s water chemistry.
• Turn off all power at the circuit breakers before a storm hits.
o Any exposed electrical equipment such as motors for the pumps should
be covered with plastic wrap or removed completely if flooding is expected.

FSPA 2022 Hurricane Safety Graphic
Provided by the FSPA

Consumers who are seeking additional professional advice on storm preparation or
who have additional questions can search for an FSPA member professional via the
FSPA Membership Directory:

Other hurricane safety tips for your pool can be found at:

The Florida Swimming Pool Association is a trade association for the pool and spa
industry in Florida. There are approximately 750 member businesses in 16 Chapters
across the state. Members are required to abide by a code of ethics and to be properly
licensed and insured. FSPA provides the industry with access to continuing education
courses, information on current trends and issues, and an arbitration program and
government relations representation. FSPA is governed by a Board of Directors.

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Hydra Pools, Inc. Hires Nathan Bell As Purchasing Manager



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Hydra Pools, Inc. has been making backyard dreams come true, since 1984! Hydra offers a complete line of Polymer Wall & Steel Wall Inground Swimming Pools. Hydra also specializes in replacement vinyl pool liners and swimming pool covers in all shapes and sizes! Hydra is pleased to welcome Nathan Bell as the new Purchasing Manager. Bell has worked in both government agencies and private industry and brings years of leadership and experience to Hydra Pools.

Hydra Pools, Inc. is excited to name Bell as the new Purchasing Manager starting November 7, 2022.

Bell received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Bryan College in 2018. Bell proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012 where he received top secret security clearance, managed a crew while deployed in Afghanistan, and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement and Good Conduct Medals. Bell enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing, and watching college sports.

Bell will be responsible for leading and facilitating the company’s purchasing strategy, supervising teams, and ensuring all processes aligns with the company’s standards and designations for work quality at Hydra Pools, Inc.


For over 30 years we have turned dreams into reality for thousands of homeowners
Hydra Pools, Inc. entered the in-ground swimming pool business in 1984. We began as a
manufacturer of polymer pool products and braces. The following year we began manufacturing our own pool liners. At that time, we occupied a small office space apart from our manufacturing facilities. But growth has been steady over the past eighteen years and Hydra today is housed in a 120,000-square-foot dedicated facility with state-of-the-art equipment for designing and manufacturing our products.

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