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Atlantic City: A Winter Convention

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The Pool & Spa Show, organized by the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, is set to ring in 2023 with a return to Atlantic City from Jan. 24-26.

The Welcome Party will kick things off on Monday, Jan. 23 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., with live music and BBQ treats in The Saloon Bar at the Wild Wild West (Bally’s Casino).

This year’s education lineup, beginning on Monday, Jan. 22, includes four full days of industry-focused sessions. Attendees can choose to engage in over six hours of learning each day — from certification and continuing education courses, to business classes covering the latest in marketing, finance, management and sales.

In addition, a special full-day workshop — “Women in the Industry: Staying Afloat Together” — will offer a chance for women in the pool and spa sector to network, learn and enjoy lunch together. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, women from all aspects of the industry will share how they’ve dealt with professional challenges and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Expanded show floor hours offer attendees more time to meet and greet with the 400-plus exhibitors showcasing their wares this year. Some highlights include the Connection Garden (across aisle 3900), and the return of the Training Wall (booth 2355), featuring three full days of interactive demonstrations.

The pool and spa industry is as busy and booming as it’s ever been — and it’s time, once again, to celebrate our successes and mark the start of a new year in beloved A.C. We hope to see you there!

The Pool & Spa Show Schedule

SUNDAY, JAN. 22

8 a.m.

GENESIS C201: Construction School Concrete Pools (CBP) (Day 1 of 3)

GENESIS: D265 Master Designer Methods: Kirk Bianchi, Crafting the Outdoor Space as a Living Art Form (Day 1 of 2)

PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technician (Day 1 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 1 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 1 of 3)

Watershape University | E4311 Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop (Day 1 of 2)

8:30 a.m.

PHTA | Certified Pool Operator (Day 1 of 2)

1 p.m.

OSHA 10-hour General Industry Training (additional two hours pool industry focus) (Watershape University) (Day 1 of 2)

MONDAY, JAN. 23

8 a.m.

Comprehensive Water Chemistry for Residential Pools

GENESIS C201: Construction School Concrete Pools (CBP) (Day 2 of 3)

GENESIS: D265 Master Designer Methods: Kirk Bianchi, Crafting the Outdoor Space as a Living Art Form (Day 2 of 2)

National Plasterers Council (NPC) Pool Start-Up Certification

OSHA 10-hour General Industry Training (additional two hours pool industry focus) (Watershape University) (Day 2 of 2)

PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technician (Day 2 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 2 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 2 of 3)

Watershape University | E4311 Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop (Day 2 of 2)

8:30 a.m.

PHTA | Certified Pool Operator (Day 2)

A Pro’s Guide to Aboveground Pool Assembly & Liner Installation

Pool Inspections and the Real Estate Market: New Opportunities

9 a.m.

PHTA/ICC Present the 2021 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code

Women in the Industry Leadership Development: Staying Afloat Together

Training for New Trainers: How to Develop, Design, & Deliver Your Inhouse Education

What’s Next? Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World

12:30 p.m.

From Rookie to All-Star; The Fundamentals of Pool Service

Pool Opening Essentials

1:30 p.m.

A Dive Into Digital Marketing

ANSI/PHTA Standards Guiding You to Better Water Chemistry (RWQAC/PHTA)

Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose - Protect & Perpetuate Your Business

Hydraulics & Circulation System Basics

Spanish - Pentair Automation Systems (including IntelliCenters & EasyTouch)

5 p.m.

PHTA Wave Event: Young Pool & Hot Tub Professionals Thriving in an Unknown Future

TUESDAY, JAN. 24

8 a.m.

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialists (Day 3 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technician (Day 3 of 3)

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 3 of 3)

GENESIS C201: Construction School Concrete Pools (CBP) (Day 3 of 3)

8:30 a.m.

Are You a Positive Energizer? Make the Connection Between Positivity and Profit and Watch Your Business Soar!

Delivering Service that Makes the Competition Weep

Gas Fired Heaters: Everything You Need to Know

From Rookie to All-Star: The Fundamentals of Pool Service (ENCORE)

9 a.m.

Be Ready for Anything: The Proactive Way to Open Pools in the Spring

Detailed Overview of Employee Handbook & Importance of Job Description

Developing Leaders From Within

Fluidra Supplemental Sanitizing With AOP Systems

GPS Marketing: Setting Your ‘In-Store Stage’ to Drive Your Sales

Leak Detection Basics

Marketing Renovation Sales (Watershape University)

Recreational Water Balance

Salt Chlorine Generators for the Beginner

Small Space Design & Construction (GENESIS D111)

Spanish - Basic Hydraulics & Circulation Systems

Spanish - Profiling Outstanding Projects, Start to Finish (Watershape

University)

Upselling the Benefits of Solar Energy Heating for Pools

HVAC & Indoor Pools (Watershape University)

11 a.m.

Tile & Coping: Glass Tile Installation & Waterproofing Hands-On Workshop

1 p.m.

Confronting 2023’s Critical Issues: Strategies & Tactics for Getting Work, Retaining Employees and Keeping Profits

Pool Water Chemistry Basics for Service Techs

1:30 p.m.

Artistry of Vanishing-Edge Design & Details (Watershape University)

Bonding & Grounding

Creating the Delivery of Exceptional Business Experiences

CYA Smart: A Movement Toward Better, Healthier Water

Everything You Didn’t Realize You Wanted to Know About Algae

Hayward Supplemental Sanitizing with AOP Systems

Independent Contractor or Employee: Classifying Your Workers

Proper Techniques for Prepping a Pool Shell for Plastering

Pumps/Motors & DOE Compliancy

Safety Cover Measuring

Scale Your Company for Continued Growth: Proven Tactics That Work

So You Want to Be a Master Salesperson

Spanish - How (& Why) Standardizing Pool Chemistry Should Be a Top Priority in the Pool Service Business

Spanish - In-depth Pool Heating Overview

Stains on Your Finishes & Solutions So You Get Paid

Understanding Your Contract: How to Protect Your Company in a Changing Environment (PHTA)

2:30 p.m.

Heaters Hands On Workshop

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25

8:30 a.m.

Electricity for the Pool & Spa Service Professional

Introduction to HR Fundamentals

Spanish - Advanced Hydraulics for Builders/Service Techs

Team Up for Success: How a Culture Can Cure Your Staff Needs

Pool Opening Essentials (ENCORE)

9 a.m.

Advanced Water Chemistry: Keeping Your Pool Water Safe

ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10: Reduce the Risk of Mold & Structural Design in Elevated Pools (PHTA)

Changes to NEC 680

Comprehensive Swimming Pool Inspections With Leak Detection

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Energy-efficient Pool Heating: Solar, Heat Pumps & Hybrid Systems

In-Depth Pool Heating Overview

Job Costing for Profit Versus Existence (GENESIS B331)

Pentair Automated & Alternative Sanitization

Spanish - Pumps/Motors & DOE Compliancy

Specialized Solutions for Smarter, More Efficient Pool Care

Splash Pad Development & Design

The Power of Effective Communications

The Upshift Manifesto - Thriving in the Post Pandemic Marketplace

Trading in Today’s World & How it Affects Short-term & Long-term Planning

Vinylology 101: The More You Know the More You Sell

Water Balance From a Cause & Effect Perspective

PHTA Certification Exam Day

11 a.m.

Tile & Coping: Glass Tile Installation & Waterproofing Hands-On Workshop

1 p.m. 

Inground Pool Vinyl Liners: Getting the Perfect Fit Every Time

Video Tips & Tricks on How to Create Stellar Videos and Use for Every Stage of the Buyer’s Journey

1:30 p.m.

Advanced Pool Electrical Safety for Builders & Service Technicians

ClearComfort AOP Systems: Are They for Me?

Electronic (Spa) Control Packs: From Then to Now

Employment & Best Practices to Avoid Lawsuits & Business Risk

How (and Why) Standardizing Pool Chemistry Should be a Top Priority in a Pool Service Business

How to Successfully Use TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest to Grow Your Business

Hydraulics for Pool Service Professionals (Intermediate)

Maintaining the Water in Salt-Chlorine Generator Pools - The Case for Borates

Managing Expectations: What Your Homeowner Needs to Know About Vinyl-Liner Warranties

Optimize Staff & Inventory in Your Service Department

Pool Chlorine Mysteries: Where is All My Chlorine Going?

Saltwater Pool Troubleshooting: Beyond the Equipment

Spanish - Fluidra Supplemental Sanitizing With AOP Systems

Structured Sales Process (Watershape University)

2:30 p.m.

Heaters Hands On Workshop

THURSDAY, JAN. 26

8:30 a.m.

Advanced Measuring Techniques for All Pools

Interior Cementitious Finishes: Setting Realistic Expectations

Proper Inground Spa Jet Design in a Variable-speed World

Recognizing (and Profiting From!) Residential Pool Fails

Spanish - Be Ready for Anything: The Proactive Way to Open Pools in the Spring

System Level Hydraulic Design for Pools & Spas

The 2023 “Everything Google” Playbook for Builders, Service Companies and Retailers

The Who, What, and Why Around Today’s Acquisition Surge

What’s THAT on the Pool Surface

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