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Orange County Convention Center | 9800 International Drive, Orlando

Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

When: Wednesday, February 17 through
Saturday, February 20
(Show floor is open Friday and Saturday)

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to (941) 952-9293. Limited attendance.  Masks required when moving around the room.

Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Reservations: (888) 421-1442

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
9000 International Drive
Reservations: (800) 999-8585

After an unforgettable year, it's once again time for the Everything Under the Sun Expo to kick off in sunny Florida. The event is set to take place in-person from February 19-20, allowing the industry to celebrate the current boom while following safety guidelines to protect attendee health.

“First of all, I want to assure everyone that an in-person show is definitely going to happen. The first in a long time. While it’s not without its challenges, we are excited to be able to hold a face-to-face event for the industry,” says Wendy Parker Barsell, executive director of the Florida Swimming Pool Association. “We have lots of safety protocols in place, and the city of Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center are already safely having events — Surf Expo is on this week at the OCCC, live and in-person, and that’s a much bigger show than ours.”

The Expo has long offered the advantage of accessibility to the many pool professionals based in Florida. In the wake of the pandemic, its location within one of the nation’s largest pool markets is as valuable as ever.

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“A lot of people can drive in, which helps, because some people are still reluctant to fly,” says Parker Barsell. “And a lot of companies are based somewhere else, but have a branch or at least a representative in Florida...I’ve heard from a number of people like that, who will come to the show as an attendee, or work the booth for an exhibitor.”

The show has received other advantages due to these unusual circumstances. Traffic and crowds will be more manageable, and the show will get optimum location within the Convention Center. The Orange County Convention Center, at 7 million sq. ft., is the largest building many attendees have ever been in. And it often takes a bit of a stroll to reach the exhibition hall. Not this year.

“I asked the people at the Convention Center, ‘Since the number of shows is down, can we just move to the hall next to the parking lot?’” says Parker Barsell. “They’re like, ‘Sure!’”

The Orange County Convention Center has received GBACTM Accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. To allow for proper social distancing and sanitization, classes are being offered in blocks. Attendees will select which classroom they’d like to take classes in, and will remain in one room for all classes.

“With the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s endorsement, the air circulation is certified safe,” says Parker Barsell. “They have portable hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer stations. We’ll have plexiglass at registration, plexiglass in the classroom check-ins, barriers will be up where appropriate and, of course, masks are required.”

The 2021 Everything Under The Sun Expo begins Thursday, Feb. 18 with a Welcome and Awards Reception at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Exhibits will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

“Registration looks good at this point. We don’t expect a show as large as last year, but it’s going to be a safe environment where people can meet face-to-face for the first time in a long time,” says Parker Barsell.

“We’re going to be doing everything we can because we believe that it’s important to have this trade show, and it’s important for the industry to keep moving forward.”

Show Schedule

Wednesday, February 17

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Florida Public Pool Specialist - 2 Days/16 Hours

Thursday, February 18

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws and Requirements

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • LP Gas Master Qualifier - Endorsed Program

9:00 a.m, - 10:50 a.m.

  • Swimming Pool & Spa Basic Electrical Requirements

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Employee Retention Strategies

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

  • Can I do that? Swimming Pool License Scope of Work and Limitiations - NEW!

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • FBC Advanced Module: ANSI-15 and ANSI-7 Flow Requirements and TDH

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • GPS/Telematics Best Practices for Driver and Fleet Management

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • A Comprehensive Understanding of Performing Leak Detection - NEW!

Friday, February 19

8:00 a.m.

  • 64E-9 Health Code for Public Pools, Closures, Violations & Remedies
  • Variable Heat Pumps - the Ultimate in Heating Efficiency - NEW!
  • Electrical Principles and Requirements for Pools and Spas - NEW!
  • ENGINEERING 111: Introduction to Pool Hydraulics and Plumbing GENESIS
  • Going Green - Emerging Green Technologies for 2021
  • Optimizing Profits in Pool Construction
  • Proper Inground Spa Jet Design in a Variable Speed World - NEW!

8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

  • How to Generate More Better Leads

9:00 a.m.

  • FBC Advanced Module: Swimming Pool Updates - NEW!
  • Lockout/Tagout of Hazardous Energy

10:00 a.m.

  • FBC 2020 Public Pool Sizing - NEW!
  • Prevention and Removal of Stains and Discoloration
  • Solar Heater Design, Application & Installation
  • Your Worst Plumbing Nightmares and Expert Solutions - NEW!
  • CONSTRUCTION 171: Residential Project Profiles – An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction GENESIS
  • Vanishing Edges: How To Make the Magic!
  • Variable Speed Pumps - Programming for Maximum Efficiency

11:00 a.m.

  • Gas Pool Heater Not Working – Common Gas Supply Issues and Troubleshooting - NEW!
  • Pool Water Problems that Seem to Defy Conventional Wisdom
  • Workplace Safety - What Every Employee Should Know

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Hayward Pumps and Upcoming DOE Regulations

1:30 p.m.

  • DBPR CILB Laws and Rules
  • GPS/Telematics Best Practices for Driver and Fleet Management
  • Strategies for Reducing Worker’s Compensation Cost
  • The Heart of Retail Success - 2021 UPDATE

2:00 p.m.

  • Programming Variable Speed Pumps for Maximum Efficiency
  • VFD Alternatives to Commercial/Residential Variable Speed Pumping Systems

3:30 p.m.

  • IntelliCenter Set Up and Programming
  • Omni-Swim Hybrid Pool/Spa Heater: Solar & Heat Pump Combination System

Saturday, February 20

8:00 a.m.

  • A Comprehensive Understanding of Performing Leak Detection - NEW!
  • FBC Advanced Module: Swimming Pool Updates - NEW!
  • Overview of Primary Insurance Coverages and Policies for Business - NEW!

8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

  • BUSINESS 208: Ways to Crush the Competition. GENESIS

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Coming Out Stronger in 2021 with Digital Marketing

8:00 a.m.

  • Business Planning and Development
  • Pool and Spa Filtration Options and Circulation Requirements

9:00 a.m.

  • Algae: Why We Get It and How We Get Rid of It
  • FBC 2020 Public Pool Sizing - NEW!

10:00 a.m.

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws and Requirements
  • Understanding Circulation, Hydraulics and Reduced Speed Technology - NEW!

10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

  • How to Get More Traffic to Your Website

10:00 a.m.

  • CONSTRUCTION 212: Pool Surfaces – Problems & Solutions GENESIS
  • Discover the Formula to Get Organized and Increase Efficiency - NEW!
  • Making Water Move – Hydraulics for the Pool Professional - NEW!
  • Swimming Pool & Spa Basic Electrical Requirements

11:00 a.m.

  • Chapter 489 – An Overview of Contractor Responsibilities
  • Installation and Understanding Heat Pumps

12:30 p.m.

  • Federal Minimum Pump Efficiency Regulations.
  • Introduction to NEW OmniControls

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Programación de bombas de velocidad variable para máxima eficiencia


This article first appeared in the February 2021 issue of AQUA Magazine — the top resource for retailers, builders and service pros in the pool and spa industry. Subscriptions to the print magazine are free to all industry professionals. Click here to subscribe.

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