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It's the start of a brand-new year, and trade shows are back in full swing. After going virtual in 2021, The Pool & Spa Show will reunite attendees and exhibitors in-person this month at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The Pool & Spa Show, organized by the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, features expanded show floor and conference hours for 2022. Education sessions are now offered during both mornings and afternoons, with over six hours of learning available each day.

The 2022 Education Conference includes over 70 courses, covering everything from technical skills to critical business topics. Seminar highlights include sessions from some familiar AQUA columnists, including Alicia Stephens with “Specialty Chemicals: The Key to Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Pool Care Program,” and Brett Abbott’s “7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know.”

In addition, the Training Wall returns this year with more hands-on learning opportunities than ever. Topics and interactive demonstrations will include hydraulic design, water chemistry, and pool and spa electricity.

This year’s Welcome Party is set to kick things off at the Saloon Bar at the Wild Wild West (Bally’s Casino) on Monday, January 24. If you’re ready to jump back into the trade show circuit, it’s as good a time as any to reconnect, learn and have fun with fellow industry professionals. We hope to see you there!


SUNDAY, JAN. 23


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

GENESIS C260 Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools 3-day Course (Day 1)

  • Gregg Minton | Tara Pool & Outdoor Products
  • Jason Hughes | River Pools and Spas
  • John Vowels
  • Kate Wiseman, MLA | Sage Outdoor Designs
  • Kim Minton
  • Terry Brannon P.E. | The Brannon Corporation
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Travis Bozick P.E | The Brannon Corporation

GENESIS D211 Elements of Design 2-day Course (Day 1)

  • Jason Brownlee, ASLA, SWD Registered
  • J. Brownlee Design

PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technicianv(Day 1)

  • Brooks Holcomb | Memphis Pool

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 1)

  • Trevor Sherwood | Pool Operation Management

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 1)

  • Chris Lightenberg | Industry Consultant

Watershape University | CON 2711: Major Renovations Workshop

  • Watershape University Faculty

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


PHTA | Certified Pool Operator (Day 1)

  • Trevor Sherwood | Pool Operation Management

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Watershape University | CON 3341 Essential Plumbing Installation (Day 1)

  • Dave Penton | Fluid Dynamics Pool & Spa Inc.
  • Kevin Cobabe, I WI

Dynamic Pool & Spa Construction



MONDAY, JAN. 24


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Comprehensive Water Chemistry for Residential Pools


12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Rookie to All-Star: The Fundamentals of Pool Service

  • Brian Diglio | Blue Wave Pool Service


1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Basic Water Chemistry & Testing - A Primer!

  • Wayne Ivusich | Taylor Technologies, Inc.

Electricity for the Pool & Spa Service Professional

  • Mike Childress | Pentair Aquatic Systems


1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Be an “Undercover Boss” – Clues to Help Create a Team of Super Heroes!

  • Anne Obarski | Merchandise Concepts

GENESIS E345 Examining PHTA Standards

  • Terry Brannon P.E. | The Brannon Corporation

Promoting the Benefits of Solar Energy Pool Heating

  • Frank McLaughlin | All Quality Solar Systems

Proper Inground Spa Design in a Variable-Speed World

  • Scott Roodbergen | Waterway

Selling, Measuring & Installing Safety Fencing

  • Marc Cornely | Merlin Industries

SPANISH Basic Pool Chemistry for Service Techs

  • Alex Valdovinos | Fluidra

Specialty Chemicals: The Key to Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Pool Care Program

  • Alicia Stephens | BioLab, Inc.

The Entrepreneurial Equation

  • Timothy Doherty | Edward Jones

Understanding Basic Hydraulics & Circulation Systems

  • Keith Roberts | Hayward Pool Products

GENESIS C260 Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools 3-day course (Day 2)

GENESIS D211 Elements of Design 2-Day Course (Day 2)

  • Jason Brownlee, ASLA, SWD Registered | J. Brownlee Design

NPC Pool Start Up Certification

  • Kent Westfall | National Plasterers Council

PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technician (Day 2)

  • Brooks Holcomb | Memphis Pool

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 2)

  • Trevor Sherwood | Pool Operation Management

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 2)

  • Chris Lightenberg | Industry Consultant

Watershape University CON3341 Essential Plumbing Installation (Day 2)

Watershape University | CON 2711: Major Renovations Workshop (Day 2)

  • Bob Russell | Glen Gate Company
  • Ed Cohen | Ultimate in Pool Care

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Pool Opening Essentials

Watershape University Faculty


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


PHTA | Certified Pool Operator (Day 2)

  • Trevor Sherwood | Pool Operation Management


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Women in the Industry Leadership Development: One Size Does NOT Fit All!

  • Anne Obarski | Merchandise Concepts
  • Christine Pearson | Excalibur Leak Detection
  • Donna Coulson | Donna Coulson & Associates, LLC
  • Sarah Garrahan | Blithe Sales Co., LLC


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Making Your Business Work for You: Increase Your Profits & Put Your Organization on Steroids!

  • Guy Gruenberg | Grow Consulting


12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Rookie to All-Star: The Fundamentals of Pool Service

  • Brian Diglio | Blue Wave Pool Service


1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Basic Water Chemistry & Testing - A Primer!

  • Wayne Ivusich | Taylor Technologies, Inc.

Electricity for the Pool & Spa Service Professional

  • Mike Childress | Pentair Aquatic Systems


1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Be an “Undercover Boss” – Clues to Help Create a Team of Super Heroes!

  • Anne Obarski | Merchandise Concepts

GENESIS E345 Examining PHTA Standards

  • Terry Brannon P.E. | The Brannon Corporation

Promoting the Benefits of Solar Energy Pool Heating

  • Frank McLaughlin | All Quality Solar Systems

Proper Inground Spa Design in a Variable-Speed World

  • Scott Roodbergen | Waterway

Selling, Measuring & Installing Safety Fencing

  • Marc Cornely | Merlin Industries

SPANISH Basic Pool Chemistry for Service Techs

  • Alex Valdovinos | Fluidra

Specialty Chemicals: The Key to Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Pool Care Program

  • Alicia Stephens | BioLab, Inc.

The Entrepreneurial Equation

  • Timothy Doherty | Edward Jones

Understanding Basic Hydraulics & Circulation Systems

  • Keith Roberts | Hayward Pool Products



TUESDAY, JAN. 25


8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


PHTA | Certified Hot Tub Technician (Day 3)

  • Brooks Holcomb | Memphis Pool


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


GENESIS C260 Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools 3-day Course (Day 3)

PHTA | Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 3)

  • Trevor Sherwood | Pool Operation Management

PHTA | Certified Service Technician (Day 3)

  • Chris Lightenberg | Industry Consultant


8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know

  • Brett Abbott | Pool Builder Marketing LLC

Basic Water Chemistry & Testing - A Primer! (ENCORE)

  • Wayne Ivusich | Taylor Technologies, Inc.

Heater Sizing, Installing, and Troubleshooting

  • Brad Duncan | Raypak

The VGBA Standard for Drain Covers Has Changed: An Interactive Workshop

  • Steve Barnes | AquaStar Pool Products, Inc

What’s Next - Discover New Opportunities, Uncover Your Problems, Create Options & Execute for Success!

  • Guy Gruenberg | Grow Consulting


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Advanced Water Chemistry – Maintaining a Healthy Spa

  • Ellen Meyer | Sigura

Automatic Pool Covers: Designs & Options for Pools in the Northeast

  • John Lochren | Solar Pool Enclosures of NY

Basic Leak Detection

  • Brad Madison | Anderson Manufacturing
  • Lance Anderson | Anderson Manufacturing

Building Your Financial Plan in Today’s World

  • Elliott Collins, CFP | Aljen Asset Management, LLC

Watershape University: CONS 3251

Pier And Beam Construction

  • Bill Drakeley | Drakeley Swimming Pools
  • David J. Peterson | Watershape Consulting, Inc

Fluidra VSPs & the DOE

  • Rocco Russo | Fluidra

GENESIS D123 Trends in Outdoor Design

  • Kate Wiseman, MLA | Sage Outdoor Designs

Hayward Omni Automation - Features, Benefits, and Sizing

  • David Jones | Hayward Industries

How to Do More Service with Reduced Staff

  • Mike Leone | Pool Office Manager Software

I’ll Just Get It Online: Strategies to Keep Your Customers on Your Doorstep!

  • Anne Obarski | Merchandise Concepts

Realistic Expectations of Interior Cementitious Finishes

  • Jana Auringer | Pebble Technology

SPANISH Pentair Intelliflo VariableSpeed/Flow Pumps and DOE Regulations

  • Carlos Gomez | Pentair Aquatic Systems

Why pH Naturally Rises in Pools, and What You Can Do About It

  • Eric Knight | Orenda Technologies


11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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

  • Kent Mason | Pool Corp.
  • Tom Engel | SCP Distributors


1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Electricity for the Pool & Spa Service Professional (ENCORE)

  • Mike Childress | Pentair Aquatic Systems

Metals & Metal Staining: How Do I Prevent Them? How Do I Remove Them?

  • Joseph Laurino | Periodic Products

The Hiring Process: Finding the Right Employee Fit for Your Business

  • Guy Gruenberg | Grow Consulting


1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


A Side-by-Side Comparison: Trichlor, Cal Hypo and Bleach

  • Roy Vore | Vore & Associates, LLC

Borates: Buffering & Beyond

  • John Bokor | Haviland Pool & Spa

Watershape University: CONS 3281 Building Watershapes for Moveable Floors

  • Jim Farrell | Watershapes University
  • Rick Chafey | Red Rock Contractors/Red Rock Pool & Spa

Disrupting or Promoting: Does This Affect How You Approach Business?

  • Tom Shay | Profits Plus

Hayward DOE Solutions: VS & XE Ultra-High Efficiency Pumps

  • Scott Petty | Hayward Industries

GENESIS D285 Case Study: How I Present to My Clients

  • Jason Brownlee, ASLA, SWD Registered | J. Brownlee Design

Measuring for Safety Covers

  • Mark Del Rocco | Loop Loc, LTD

PHTA | Examining Elevated Pools

  • Mark Trapani | Upsteam Pools
  • Terry Brannon P.E. | The Brannon Corporation

PHTA | What’s in Your Contract? A Legal Checkup

  • Steven Getzoff | Lester, Schwab, Katz, & Dwyer

Proper Techniques for Prepping a Pool Shell for Plastering

  • Rob Romano | David Cooke Plaster Co

Salt Chlorine Generators for Beginners

  • Sean Assam | AquaCal/AutoPilot Inc.

SPANISH Fluidra VSPs & the DOE

  • Alex Valdovinos | Fluidra

Specialty Chemicals: The Key to Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Pool Care Program (ENCORE)

  • Alicia Stephens | BioLab, Inc.

Stealing Your Business: Cyber Criminals & Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

  • Richard Gaynor | Middleton & Company Insurance

Using AUTOMATION to SELL More and SATISFY More WITHOUT More Manpower

  • Brett Abbott | Pool Builder Marketing LLC


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Heaters Hands-On Workshop

  • Brad Duncan | Raypak



WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26


8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Pool Opening Essentials (ENCORE)

  • Bob Russell | Glen Gate Company
  • Ed Cohen | Ultimate in Pool Care


8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Advanced Leak Detection for the Seasoned Professional

  • Bruce Roache | Pool Repair Diver
  • Christine Pearson | Excalibur Leak Detection
  • John Stinemire | Pool Leak Pro
  • Larry La Gamba | Pool Buoy Corp

Coaching Your Team Members to Success

  • Mark Kremen | Training Unlimited
  • Robert Kane | Training Unlimited

Watershape University: CON 3685 New Plaster Remediation & Responsibility

  • Bill Drakeley | Drakeley Swimming Pools
  • Rob Romano | David Cooke Plaster Co

Metals & Metal Staining: How Do I Prevent Them? How Do I Remove Them? (ENCORE)

  • Joseph Laurino | Periodic Products

Vinyl Liners for Inground Pools: From Measuring to Troubleshooting for a Perfect Fit

  • Frank Christiana | The Liner Specialists
  • Marc Cornely | Merlin Industries


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


An In-depth Look at Spa Care: Avoiding Problems in Spa Water Chemistry

  • Alicia Stephens | BioLab, Inc.

Bonding & Grounding

  • Bill Hamilton | EP Hamilton & Associates

Combatting Algae & Other Issues During a Chlorine Shortage

  • Chris Marcano | Natural Chemistry

Defining Digital Marketing & Developing a Strategy for the Pool & Spa Industry

  • Jennifer Barker | Digital Marketing & Business Consultant

GENESIS E345 Examining PHTA Standards (ENCORE)

  • Terry Brannon P.E. | The Brannon Corporation

How to Take Engaging Photos and Videos

  • Cristian Shirilla | River Pools

Pentair IntelliCenter Pool & Spa Control Systems

  • Mike Childress | Pentair Aquatic Systems

Pool Chlorine Mysteries: Chlorine’s Annoying Disappearing Act (and How to Improve Its Behavior)

  • Rick Coffey | Lo-Chlor Specialty Chemicals, LLC

Rules of Engagement: A Guide to Better Communication - and Better Relationships! - With Everyone Who is Important to Your Business

  • David Fellman | David Fellman & Associates

SPANISH Fluidra Web Connected Controllers Troubleshooting & Commands

  • Alex Valdovinos | Fluidra

SPANISH Understanding Basic Hydraulic Systems

  • Jose Perez | Hayward Pool Products

What’s “THAT” on the Pool Surface

  • Jim Gay | Haviland Pool & Spa Products

Why They Buy and Why You Should Care

  • Mario Rossetti | Rossetti Enterprises Pool SalesPro

Work Smarter Not Harder - Using Software & Other Tools to Optimize Your Business

  • Landon Eafrati | Fluidra


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


PHTA EXAM DAY


11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Tile & Coping: Glass Tile Installation & Waterproofing Hands-On Workshop (ENCORE)

  • Kent Mason | Pool Corp
  • Tom Engel | SCP Distributors


1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Effectively Managing Employees: Addressing Negative Attitudes & Attendance Issues in the Workplace

  • Frank Preto | Paychex Human Resource Services

The VGBA Standard for Drain Covers has Changed: An Interactive Workshop (ENCORE)

  • Steve Barnes | AquaStar Pool Products, Inc


1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Adding Leak Detection to Your Services

  • Darren Merlob | LeakTronics/Torque Lock Structural Systems

Advanced Water Chemistry - Maintaining a Healthy Spa (ENCORE)

  • Ellen Meyer | Sigura

Fluidra Web Connected Controllers: Troubleshooting & Siri & Alexa Commands

  • Rocco Russo | Fluidra

How to Identify (and Prevent) Calcium Issues

  • Eric Knight | Orenda Technologies

How to Produce Videos for Websites, Social Media, Drip Marketing & Beyond!

  • Pamela Vinje Isbel | Small Screen Producer

Pentair Intelliflo & the DOE Regulations

  • Mike Childress | Pentair Aquatic Systems

PHTA | How Existing Federal Pool Pump Regulations Impact Your Business & Boost Sales

  • Jeff Farlow | Pentair Aquatic Systems
  • Scott Petty | Hayward Industries

PHTA Running a Safe & Compliant Workplace

  • Steven Getzoff | Lester, Schwab, Katz, & Dwyer

Pool Inspections - Why, How & When?

  • Peter Muehlbronner | AHI, Inc. - Consulting

Pool Water Mysteries: Pool Water Problems That Seem to Defy Conventional Wisdom (and How to Fix and Prevent Them)

  • Rick Coffey | Lo-Chlor Specialty Chemicals, LLC

Servicing Spa & Hot Tub Basics: What to Know Before You Go

  • Pierre Gaston | Trinity Spas

Transforming Into a Satisfaction Driven Company

  • Mario Rossetti | Rossetti Enterprises Pool SalesPro

Understanding Basic Hydraulics & Circulation Systems (ENCORE)

  • Keith Roberts | Hayward Pool Products

You Can Hire A Manager, but You Can’t Hire an Owner

  • Tom Shay | Profits Plus


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Heaters Hands-On Workshop (ENCORE)

  • Brad Duncan | Raypak



THURSDAY, JAN. 27


8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


PHTA | EXAM DAY (ENCORE)


8:30 a.m. - 10 am.


Aboveground Pool Liners: Measuring, Quoting & Installation Tips

  • Jim Dorsey | Kayden Manufacturing Systems

An In-depth Look at Spa Care: Avoiding Problems in Spa Water Chemistry (ENCORE)

  • Alicia Stephens | BioLab, Inc.

Basic Leak Detection (ENCORE)

  • Brad Madison | Anderson Manufacturing
  • Lance Anderson | Anderson Manufacturing

Bonding & Grounding (ENCORE)

  • Bill Hamilton | EP Hamilton & Associates

Closing the Sale: A Fresh Look

  • Mario Rossetti | Rossetti Enterprises Pool SalesPro

Combatting Algae & Other Issues During a Chlorine Shortage (ENCORE)

  • Chris Marcano | Natural Chemistry

PHTA | RWQC: Let’s Clear the Air – Air Quality for Indoor Swimming Venues

  • Jody O’Grady | Taylor Technologies
  • John Weber | BioLab, Inc
  • Kenneth Gregory | Pentair Water
  • Terry Arko | HASA Pool

Pool Inspections - Why, How & When? (ENCORE)

  • Steven Getzoff | Lester, Schwab, Katz, & Dwyer

Pool Inspections - Why, How & When?

  • Peter Muehlbronner | AHI, Inc. - Consulting

Salt Chlorine Generators for Beginners (ENCORE)

  • Sean Assam | AquaCal/AutoPilot Inc.

SPANISH Pentair EasyTouch IntelliCenter Systems

  • Carlos Gomez | Pentair Aquatic Systems

Turn Your Team Into a Championship Team: Hiring, Training, Management, Motivation and Retention

  • David Fellman | David Fellman & Associates
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