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World Aquatic Health Conference Returns As In-Person Event

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World Aquatic Health Conference Returns To Live Events

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will take place as an in-person event October 13-15 in Houston, TX. This will be PHTA’s first in-person event since the pandemic began, allowing pool operators, environmental health officials, service technicians, aquatic managers, and other industry professionals to reconnect, network, and learn.

In the last 18 months, the pool and hot tub industry has experienced historic growth. At the same time, health and safety have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. WAHC 2021 will address the increased demand for certified pool operators, water safety education, and an understanding of public health and safety issues related to pool ownership.

WAHC is offering over 30 sessions across four tracks: Water and Air Quality, Facility Management, Codes and Standards, and Employee Management and Aquatic Programming. Attendees can earn up to 11 PHTA CEUs, or 1.1 AICET CEUs. There are also several pre-conference sessions starting October 11, including the PHTA Instructor Assessment School and the Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO) Course.

The Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Paralympian Jessica Long, who is competing for Team USA in Tokyo this summer. Other speakers include government officials, professors, engineers, and other subject matter experts who will all share knowledge and ideas that attendees can apply to their businesses right away.

“PHTA is so thankful to be able to host WAHC in-person again,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. “We know our members have missed making connections and learning from each other in a way that can only happen face-to-face. WAHC is back and better than ever.”

“We are very excited about this year’s lineup of speakers and sessions,” says Jeanne Mendelson, Vice President of Education & Events at PHTA. “Attendees will learn about cutting-edge aquatic research that will make their pools, hot tubs, and other water features safer and more enjoyable.”

To learn more and register for WAHC, visit wahc.phta.org.

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703.357.3918.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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Poolside by CGT offers new CARRERA MARBLE

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Poolside by CGT New 2023 Carrara Marble

Poolside by CGT is delighted to now offer its new Carrara Marble vinyl pool liner pattern for 2023.  The new pattern imitates the beautiful appearance of natural marble.  Printed on a white liner material and enhanced with the company’s exclusive aquafinish protective topcoat that provides superior chemical resistance and an industry leading UV protection. The simplicity and beauty of this natural stone marble, inspires calmness and relaxation and complements today’s popular deck and coping treatments.

In order to visualize how the new pattern will look in the pool, Poolside by CGT provides a comprehensive tool for visualizing pool liner patterns in a pool including the ability to simultaneously select various popular deck options to truly visualize the pool’s final look and feel.  The Poolside by CGT Visualizer makes the liner selection process fun and easy.  The program starts by allowing the user to select from either a freeform or rectangular pool shape, then simply choose a liner design from the Poolside by CGT liner collection and choose a surrounding deck surface.  The user can select from flagstone, paver, travertine, wood or concrete decking options, then explore their pool combination in five (5) different views of the pool including an aerial overhead view and both a day and night view of the pool with pool lighting.  This powerful tool is the perfect for pool builders to provide to their customers so the client can get creative and even download a PDF of their favorite design.  The Visualizer tool helps consumers to choose their pool liner pattern with confidence.  This online tool works great with a desktop, tablet and even a mobile device.  Go to www.visualizer.poolsidebycgt.com  to try it out! 

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Water Tech Corp Voted Best Place to Work 2022 by NJ Business Journal

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WaterTech celebrates Best Places to work NJ

Water Tech Corp, manufacturer of the original Pool Blaster, as well as popular Volt and Precision battery powered pool cleaners, is pleased to have been selected as a Winner of the 2022 New Jersey Best Places to Work recipients!  Water Tech won in the category of smaller companies to work for—as the winners are selected within the small, medium and large company size categories.  “We are so proud win this award during the year of our 20th anniversary,” says Guy Erlich, Founder and President of the company.  “The employees at Water Tech are a family and we have a lot of fun together making it a great place to work.”

With 19 different US patents on pool and spa cleaners alone, Water Tech has been able to use its intellectual property and unique product designs to systematically ensure its success in the marketplace and from 2005 and the present date, Water Tech has also received the “Pool & Spa News & Readers’ Choice Award” for “Best New Product” approximately seven (7) times!

The award ceremony took place on September 29, 2022.  To learn more about the award and read more about the award winners, visit:

City/State:  E.  Brunswick, NJ

Website:  www.watertechcorp.com

Phone:  800-298-8800

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

One year into its national apprenticeship program, the association shares successes

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-20. National Apprenticeship Week showcases the value of Registered Apprenticeship programs and how they provide a critical talent pipeline to help our nation’s economy. During this week, PHTA is sharing updates on the PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program™, which launched in August 2021.

The PHTA Apprenticeship Program is the only nationwide program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor for the pool, spa, and hot tub industry. It allows the pool profession to be more competitive with other industries that are also struggling for entry-level talent. This program is free for PHTA members and combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction and skills-based education.

Having a registered apprenticeship program means that pool maintenance and service is now considered a skilled trade, opening the doors with high school guidance counselors, veterans, and community workforce boards.

PHTA is pleased to announce that there are currently 23 companies across 15 states enrolled in the apprenticeship program, and nearly 30 apprentices have begun their on-the-job training. Apprentices receive 182 hours of online education through the PHTA online education portal.

The companies currently enrolled are:

  • Anderson Poolworks, Wilsonville, OR
  • Aquatic Dynamics Inc, Mt. Sinai, NY
  • Atlantic Solutions, Chapel Hill, NC
  • B&B Pool and Spa Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY
  • Gold Medal Pools, Lewisville, TX
  • Goodall Pools & Spas, Camp Hill, PA
  • Gorlin Pools, Lakehurst, NJ
  • Great Valley Pool Service, Frazer, PA
  • Idaho Pool Remodeling, Meridian, ID
  • Lehmann Pools and Spas, Mahwah, NJ
  • Luke Pool Service, Inc, Cumming, GA
  • NW Arkansas Pool & Spa, Rogers, AR
  • Penguin Pools, Waukesha, WI
  • Pool Doctor NM, LLC, Traverse City, MI
  • Poolwerx – Forest Lane, Dallas, TX
  • Preserve Pools, Summerville, SC
  • Pure Swim, Van Nuys, CA
  • Rin Robyn Pools, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Strong Refuge Pools, Wilsonville, OR
  • Swimming Pool Services, Waukesha, WI
  • The Better Pool Guy and Home Solutions, Inc, Clemont, FL
  • The Pool People, Inc, Eldersburg, MD
  • Vue Custom Pools, Greensboro, NC

“We consistently hear from PHTA members that workforce development and employee recruitment and retention are top business concerns,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President & CEO of PHTA. “The pool and hot tub industry has so many wonderful career opportunities. We’re focused on not only delivering that message, but actively developing these apprentices into skilled, qualified workers who will become valued industry professionals. We are proud to be able to offer the PHTA Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program and hope that more members take advantage of this opportunity in the coming year.”

In addition, PHTA and its Apprenticeship Task Force are currently developing a second apprenticeship program for pool construction laborers. PHTA is looking forward to launching this new program in early 2023.

To learn more about the PHTA Apprenticeship Program, visit https://apprenticeship.phta.org/ or contact Seth Ewing, PHTA Senior Director of Member Programs and Services, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 159.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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